CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hitting the road for its final regular season weekend away from Lavietes Pavilion, Harvard men's basketball faces a pair of pivotal games against Princeton and Penn Feb. 23-24. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m., with the Princeton game set for broadcast on ESPNU. The clash with Penn will be shown on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Tip
• Harvard is 14-11 on the season, including a 9-1 first-place mark in Ivy League action. The 9-1 start is the team's best since 2014-15, when the program capped five-straight years starting 9-1 in Ivy play. All five of those teams qualified for postseason play, including four NCAA tournament berths.
• Sophomore Seth Towns leads the Crimson with 15.8 points per game, including a league-best 19.7 points per game in conference play. Towns also ranks second with 29 made threes during Ivy action, and was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21.
• Harvard clinched a top-two seed in the second-annual Ivy League tournament with victories over Brown and Yale Feb. 16-17. The Crimson defense held its opponents to 58 and 49 points, respectively, improving it's league leading scoring defense to 65.5 points per game.
Sophomore Christian Juzang has burst onto the scene in conference play, where he is averaging 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team-high 3.4 assists per game. Juzang set a career-best with 20 points against Princeton, and topped it just a week later with 21 against Brown. He also dished a career-best eight assists against Yale.
Last Time Out
Home Court Advantage
Harvard is 8-1 at home this season, and holds a .800 winning percentage at home under head coach Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has won 12 of its last 13 games at home, and 18 of its last 20. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Harvard holds a 26-7 home record against Ivy opponents.
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 was the second Harvard player to earn Ivy Player of the Week honors this season, joining Bryce Aiken on Nov. 13.
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 383 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.
The Crimson is 9-1 in 2017-18 after a pair of victories over Dartmouth, Yale and Brown, and one apiece over Cornell, Princeton and Penn. Harvard is led by Seth Towns' 19.7 points per game in conference play, which leads the league.
Harvard is outscoring its opponents by a 6.8-point margin in conference action, while allowing Ancient Eight foes to just 61.8 points per game, nearly six points better than second-place Penn.
Sophomore Seth Towns has been one of the top shooters in the Ivy League this season, as he ranks in the top-five in the league in 3-point percentage (.452) and in the top-10 for 3-pointers made (47). Towns also ranks seventh in the league in scoring (15.5 points) and 16th in rebounding (5.0 boards).
In Ivy games only, Towns ranks second with 19.9 points and 3.1 triples per game.
Princeton is 11-14 on the season, including a 3-7 mark in conference play. The Tigers most recently dropped a pair to Cornell, in 3OT, and to Columbia.
Devin Cannady leads the team with 17.6 points per game, while Myles Stephens and Amir Bell have chipped in 14.3 and 10.1 points per game, respectively.
Penn holds a 19-7 overall record, and are tied for first with a 9-1 mark in Ivy play. The Quakers earned a sweep of Cornell and Columbia last weekend.
Ryan Betley paces the squad with 14.5 points per game, while AJ Brodeur has added 12.6 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game. Darnell Foreman is also in double figures, scoring 10.0 points per game.
Out of the Blocks
Getting out to a good start is important to the Crimson squad, as Harvard is 13-2 this season when leading at halftime.
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.
Harvard clinched its berth, and a top-two seed, with a pair of wins over Brown and Yale.
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 (1.7), and is among the leaders in double-doubles (4), field goal percentage (60.0) and offensive rebounds per game (1.9). He's also averaging a career-best 12.1 points per game, which ranks 14th in the league.
Harvard also leads the league as a team in blocked shots, with 4.0 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 for its regular season finales against Cornell and Columbia March 2-3. The Cornell game will be broadcast on ESPN3, and both contests can be found on the Ivy League Network.