Men’s Basketball Concludes Homestand with Columbia, Cornell

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wrapping up a five-game homestand with a pair of Ancient Eight foes, Harvard men's basketball welcomes Columbia and Cornell on Feb. 8-9 for a pair of 7 p.m. tip-offs. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Additionally, tickets are 50 percent off on Friday for Harvard faculty and staff members and graduate students with the promo code FACULTYSTAFF19 or GRAD19. Harvard undergraduate students in attendance on Saturday will receive a free Harvard basketball t-shirt.

How to Follow
TV: vs. Columbia – ESPN+ (Talent: Eric Gallanty, Scott Sudikoff, Jim Cain) | vs. Cornell – ESPN+ (Talent: Scott Sudikoff, Andy Towne, Eric Gallanty)
Live Stats: vs. Columbia | vs. Cornell
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
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Tickets: vs. Columbia | vs. Cornell

What to Know

  • The Crimson holds a 10-7 record on the season, including a 3-1 mark in Ivy League play. Junior Chris Lewis leads qualified players with 12.7 points per game, while junior Justin Bassey (9.9), first-year Noah Kirkwood (9.4) and junior Christian Juzang (9.3) are nearing double figures. Junior Bryce Aiken made his season debut against Howard, and is averaging 11.8 points per game across four appearances.
  • Lewis also paces the Ivy League among qualified players in blocks per game (1.9) and field goal percentage (66.7), while ranking seventh nationally in the latter category. The Alpharetta, Georgia native is on pace to break the program record for field goal percentage in a career, as he also ranked 15th nationally in 2017-18.
  • Harvard is 6-1 at home this season, with a net rating of plus-14.6 points per 100 possessions. Since the return of Aiken to the team (4-0), Harvard's net rating has improved to plus-20.5 points per 100 possessions, including an impressive team defensive rating of 84.2.
  • Following a standout weekend performance on both ends of the floor, junior guard Justin Bassey was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week for Jan. 28-Feb. 3. Bassey led the Crimson with 11.5 points per game over two outings, while grabbing 6.0 rebounds in a pair of victories over Yale (64-49) and Brown (68-47).
  • Cornell is off to a 2-2 start in Ivy play, with wins over Penn and Columbia, while Columbia is 1-3 with a win over Cornell. Harvard split the series a year ago with the Lions, while going 3-0 against the Big Red.

Last Time Out

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 397-265 career record: 221-126 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.

Off the Court

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What's Next?
The Crimson hits the road Feb. 15-16 for a pair of games at Princeton and Penn. The Princeton clash will be broadcast nationally on ESPNEWS, while the Penn game can be found on NBCSN-Philadelphia. Both games will be available on ESPN+.