CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Facing its final test before exam season begins in the classroom, Harvard men's basketball will travel to Vermont for a 7 p.m. tip-off on Saturday, Dec. 8. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
What to Know
- The Crimson has opened the season with a 4-4 record with wins over MIT (78-66), UMass (74-71), Saint Mary's (74-68) and Holy Cross (73-62). Junior Chris Lewis leads the team with 15.8 points per game, while junior Justin Bassey and sophomore Danilo Djuricic are also averaging double figures with 11.0 and 10.0 per game.
- First-year guard Noah Kirkwood has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week in back to back weeks on Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. He is the first Harvard player to earn back-to-back Rookie of the Week honors since Siyani Chambers '16-17 on Jan. 7 and 14, 2013, and has averaged 12.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game over the two-week stretch.
- Harvard returns 99.4 percent of its scoring and 99.0 percent of its minutes from last year's squad, which captured the program's sixth Ivy League championship and made its second-ever appearance in the NIT.
- Last season's Ivy League Player of the Year and AP All-American Seth Towns was recently named to the Lou Henson Award watch list.
- Harvard is 3-1 this season when winning the battle of the boards, which continues a streak from a year ago, when Harvard went 15-7 while leading in rebounds. Five different players have led in rebounding this season, with junior Justin Bassey leading the way with 6.4 rebounds per game from the wing.
At The Helm
The all-time winningest head coach in Harvard men's basketball history, Tommy Amaker returns to the Harvard sidelines for the 12th season. The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball has directed the Crimson to a period of unprecedented prosperity in the form of four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15), six Ivy League championships (2011-15, '18) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15). Amaker owns a 391-262 career record: 214-122 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.
The Crimson is off for two weeks before resuming its campaign Dec. 22 at home against George Washington. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.