Harvard vs. Boston University
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to action following exams, Harvard men's basketball will host Boston University on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Lavietes Pavilion before trekking to the nation's capital for a Dec. 23 clash with George Washington. The BU tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on NESNplus and the Ivy League Network, while the GW game can be seen at noon on Stadium and Facebook Live.
The Opening Tip
- Harvard is off to a 4-6 start with victories over MIT, UMass, Saint Joseph's and Fordham. Sophomore Bryce Aiken leads the Crimson with 17.6 points per game, including a career-best 30 in a victory over the Minutemen, while classmate Chris Lewis has been strong inside, scoring 12.9 points per game on 56.5 percent shooting. A third sophomore, Seth Towns, has added 12.8 per game, including a season-high 25 at No. 7 Kentucky Dec. 2.
- The Crimson's sophomore class has combined to average 51.6 points per game, equating to 77.2 percent of the team's scoring.
- Harvard has won seven-consecutive battles with the Terriers, with Harvard's last loss coming in in 2008. The Crimson will play the Colonials for the second-straight season, and will face former Harvard forward Patrick Steeves '16, who averages 9.1 points per game for George Washington.
Last Time Out
Connecting on a 3-pointer by sophomore Seth Towns with just under 10 seconds to play, Harvard men's basketball topped Fordham, 47-45, on Wednesday evening at Rose Hill Gym.
Towns' clutch basket was three of his nine points on the night, which went along with a season-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Bryce Aiken tallied a game-high 15 points with three assists, while classmate Chris Lewis notched his second double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.
Against the A-10
The Crimson is 3-0 this season against Atlantic 10 foes, with wins over Massachusetts Nov. 10, Saint Joseph's Nov. 24, and Fordham Dec. 6. The Crimson will conclude it's A-10 nonconference tour against the Colonials Dec. 23. Bryce Aiken has led the team with 22.0 points per game against the conference, while Chris Lewis and Robert Baker are also averaging double figures over the three-game set.
Harvard has been on television in some form for nine of its first 10 games, including a Dec. 2 contest on ESPN's main channel against Kentucky. It was just the second time in program history that Harvard men's basketball appeared on ESPN's flagship channel, with the first coming in 2011 against Oklahoma State. In total, the Crimson is set to play 25 televised games in 2017-18, which paces the Ivy League.
Additionally, freshman Danilo Djuricic appeared in SportsCenter's top-10 plays countdown Dec. 6 after his ferocious tip-jam against Fordham.
Just Lew It
Chris Lewis has been tough to handle on the glass and in the paint, as the sophomore leads the Ivy League in blocks per game (1.40), double-doubles (2), field goal percentage (56.5) and offensive rebounds per game (2.60). His 12.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game are all career-bests.
Player of the Week
Opening the season with a career-best performance, Harvard men's basketball sophomore Bryce Aiken was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for Nov. 6-12.
Aiken became Harvard's first player to net 30 in a game since Wesley Saunders '15, guiding the Crimson to a 70-67 (OT) victory over Massachusetts. The Randolph, New Jersey native poured in 12 of Harvard's final 16 points, including a game-winning stop-and-pop 3-pointer from 26 feet with just 1.9 seconds to go in the extra frame. Aiken also scored 12 points in the opener against MIT, and shot a dazzling 58 percent from 3-point range over the two games.
Scouting Boston University
The Terries are led by Joe Jones in his sixth season, and are 4-6 in 2017-18 with victories over Maine, Wheaton, New Hampshire and Bethune-Cookman.
Cedric Hankerson leads the squad with 13.6 points per game, while Max Mahoney has chipped in 10.7 points per game. Nick Havener paces the team on the glass with 5.3 rebounds per night.
Scouting George Washington
The Colonials are led by Maurice Joseph in his second season, and are 5-6 to begin 2017-18 with wins over Hampton, Rider, Morgan State, Temple and Princeton.
Yuta Watanabe leads the team with 14.5 points per game and 7.0 rebounds, while Jair Bolden has contributed 14.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The Colonials rank third nationally in fouls, committing just 13.6 per game
Picked at the Top
Harvard men's basketball was picked by the media to finish first in the preseason Ivy League poll, finishing above Yale, Princeton and Penn with 121 total votes. Additionally, Harvard received votes in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today coaches' poll. The full preseason predictions can be found below:
Team (1st place) – Total Votes
- Harvard (6) – 121
- Yale (8) - 118
- Princeton (3) - 114
- Penn - 86
- Columbia - 55
- Cornell - 48
- Dartmouth - 39
- Brown – 31
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Harvard hits the road for Minnesota for a Dec. 30 contest on the Big Ten Network. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.