Men’s Basketball Continues Opening Week at Northeastern, vs. Maine

Harvard as a team against MIT
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Continuing its three-game set of contests during the opening week of the college basketball season, Harvard men's basketball travels to Northeastern Friday, Nov. 8 before returning home to face Maine Sunday, Nov. 10. The bout with the Huskies will air on NESN, while the Maine clash will be broadcast on ESPN+.

How to Follow
Broadcast vs. Northeastern: NESNplus (Talent: Josh Maurer, Alex Vispoli)
Broadcast vs. Maine: ESPN+ (Talent: Andy Towne, Ben Altsher, Conner Clement) | International Stream
Live Stats: vs. Northeastern | vs. Maine
Game Notes: vs. Northeastern and Maine
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
Tickets: vs. Maine

What to Know

  • The Crimson went 19-12 (10-4 Ivy) last season, earning its seventh Ivy League championship in the past nine years. Harvard advanced to the second round of the NIT for the first time in program history after beating Georgetown in the nation's capital, 71-68.
  • Harvard returns one of the most experienced teams in the country, ranking second nationally in percentage of scoring (96.7%) and minutes (95.7%). Bryce Aiken led the team in scoring a year ago at 22.2 points per game, which was the third-highest average in a single season in program history.
  • Opening the season in dominant fashion, Harvard limited MIT to just 27 points, while forcing 29 turnovers, in its 84-27 victory Nov. 5. Chris Ledlum tallied a double-double in his first-career appearance, while 12 players scored a basket. The 57-points margin tied a program record that dates to 1946, vs. Northeastern.
  • The Crimson is looking for its first win over Northeastern since 2016, while Maine appears on the Crimson schedule for the first time since 2008. Chris Lewis led the offense against Northeastern a year ago, with 17 points.
  • Harvard is 38-15 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Tommy Amaker, and owns a 28-8 record against Boston area schools with Amaker at the helm. Harvard went 3-1 against Bay State programs in each of the last two seasons, and will take on four again in 2019-20: MIT (W, 84-27), Northeastern, Holy Cross and Massachusetts.

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 13th 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), seven Ivy League championships (2011-15, 18-19) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15). Amaker owns a 407-270 career record: 231-131 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.

Next Up
Harvard plays its third home game of the season on Thursday, Sept. 14 against Siena. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+.