CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Welcoming fans for the eighth-annual year, Harvard men's and women's basketball open the 2018-19 slate with Crimson Madness on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. For fans unable to attend, the action will be broadcast on ESPN+.
FREE tickets are available now – click here to reserve your seat today. Admission is free, but space is limited. The first 100 students will receive free jerseys, with a series of other giveaways also in the works.
Following introductions of players and coaches, Weisner Perez, Rio Haskett, Robert Baker and Kale Catchings will kick off the festivities with the dunk contest. Chris Egi '18 won the event a year ago.
Four mixed teams will compete for the 3-point crown in a new format this season. The pairings will be Spencer Freedman and Mackenzie Barta, Justin Bassey and Katie Benzan, Christian Juzang and Sydney Skinner, and Corey Johnson and Madeline Raster.
To close the evening, the men's team will host an intrasquad scrimmage before an autograph session with both teams.
After advancing to the WNIT for the eighth time in program history a year ago, the women's team will begin its 2018-19 campaign on the road at Notre Dame and Purdue, Nov. 9-11. The Crimson returns four of its top five leading scorers from last season, including senior co-captains Madeline Raster and Sydney Skinner.
The men's team will look for its seventh Ivy League title after earning the crown and NIT berth a year ago. The program returns 99.4 percent of its scoring from a year ago, led by reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Seth Towns and All-Ivy picks Chris Lewis and Justin Bassey.