Harvard at Cornell
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – One of 14 unbeaten teams in conference play across the country, Harvard men's basketball concludes its six-game road trip at Columbia and Cornell Feb. 2-3 for a pair of 7 p.m. tip-offs. The contests will be broadcast by SNY and Eleven Sports, respectively, and the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Tip
• Harvard is off to a 9-10 start, including a 4-0 mark in Ivy League action. Harvard triumphed over Dartmouth twice, including the program's 11th -straight win in an Ivy League opener and its seventh sweep of the Big Green in the last nine years. The team followed it up with a sweep of Yale and Brown on the road Jan. 26-27.
• Sophomore Bryce Aiken leads the Crimson with 15.2 points per game, including a career-best 30 in a victory over UMass, while classmate Chris Lewis has been strong inside, scoring 11.6 points per game on 58.6 percent shooting. A third sophomore, Seth Towns, has added 14.7 per game, including six games of at least 20 points, and dropped a career-best 30 on Brown Jan. 27
• Towns, who was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21, currently leads the Ivy League in scoring during conference play, dropping 20.8 points per game on the competition with a league-best 13 made 3-pointers and 3.3 triples per game.
On The Road Again
Harvard is 4-0 in conference play, including an impressive 3-0 mark on the road. The Crimson is the only Ivy squad to win a conference game this season, with the other seven teams combining to go 0-12.
Player of the Week
Following a tremendous performance that helped Harvard men's basketball move to 2-0 in Ivy League play, sophomore Seth Towns was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21.
Towns exploded for a then-career-best 26 points to go with six rebounds and two blocked shots in a 62-57 (OT) win at Dartmouth. The win was the first on the road for any Ivy team in the conference thus far, and helped head coach Tommy Amaker earn his 200th victory at Harvard. The 26 points for Towns was the most of any Ivy League player over the past week, and was his fifth game with at least 20 points this season.
Towns is the second Harvard player to earn Ivy Player of the Week honors this season, joining Bryce Aiken on Nov. 13.
Last Time Out
The 200-Win Club
Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, became the fifth coach in Ivy League history to reach 200 wins with an Ivy school with a win over Dartmouth Jan. 20. Amaker was the second-fastest to achieve the honor, doing it in 315 games. Princeton's Pete Carril did it the quickest, in 286 games, while Penn's Fran Dunphy (316 games) and Yale's Joe Vancisin (415) and James Jones (417) have also reached 200 wins.
Amaker has 378 total wins as a Division I head coach, which also spans time at Seton Hall and Michigan. He is already the all-time winningest head coach in Harvard basketball history, surpassing Frank Sullivan with a win over Boston College Dec. 7, 2016.
A Balanced Attack
16 different Harvard players have started a game this season, which leads the nation. Deploying a multifaceted attack, Harvard has 10 players averaging at least 10 minutes per game this season.
Columbia is led by Jim Engles in his second season, and the Lions are 4-13 overall with a 1-3 mark in Ivy play after getting a victory at home over Cornell.
Mike Smith leads the team with 17.3 points and 4.5 assists per game, the latter of which leads the Ivy League. Quenton Adlesh and Lukas Meisner are also averaging double figures, with 10.7 points apiece.
Cornell is guided by Brian Earl in his second season, and the Big Red is 7-10 overall with a 1-3 mark in Ivy play after getting a victory at home over Columbia.
Matt Morgan leads the Big Red with 23.6 points per game, which ranks sixth in the country and first in the Ivy League. Stone Gettings is also in double figures with 15.6 points to go with a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game.
Tough on D
The Crimson defense has been intense over its past eight games, holding seven of eight teams to some of their lowest offensive outputs of the season: Yale (lowest, 52 pts), Wofford (3rd-lowest, 63 pts), Dartmouth (lowest & 2nd-lowest, 51 & 57 pts), Vermont (lowest, 62 pts), Minnesota (3rd-lowest, 65 pts) and George Washington (7th-lowest, 58 pts).
The Ivy League men's and women's basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia, where they will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN's networks. For tickets and more information please visit IvyMadness.com.
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 (1.8), and is among the leaders in double-doubles (3), field goal percentage (58.6) and offensive rebounds per game (2.1). He's also averaging a career-best 11.6 points per game, which ranks 13th in the league.
Harvard also leads the league as a team in blocked shots, with 4.0 per game.
Sophomore Seth Towns has been one of the top shooters in the Ivy League this season, as he ranks in the top-10 in the league in 3-point percentage (.432) and in the top-10 for 3-pointers made (35). Towns also ranks ninth in the league in scoring (14.7 points) and 12th in rebounding (5.2 boards).
In Ivy games only, Towns leads the league with 20.8 points and 3.3 triples per game.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. Full archives of every game on the Ivy League Network are also available.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app! The #ILN is also available on Apple TV and Roku.
Harvard returns home to Cambridge for a weekend set with Princeton and Penn Feb. 9-10 at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. The Princeton clash will be broadcast on ESPNU, while the Penn bout can be found on NESN and the Ivy League Network.