Men's Hoops to Host Princeton, Penn in Pivotal Ivy League Matchups

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard is set to round out its four-game homestand this week with a pair of pivotal Ivy League games vs. Princeton and Penn on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both games are set for 7 p.m. ET starts inside Lavietes Pavilion and on ESPN+. The Crimson-Tigers tilt, meanwhile, will air live on Westwood One Radio.

How to Follow
Broadcast: Princeton - ESPN+International Stream | Penn - ESPN+International Stream
Live Stats: Princeton | Penn
Game Notes: Princeton/Penn
Twitter: @HarvardMBB

What to Know
• Harvard, at 5-3 in the Ivy League, comes into this week's action in a tie for third place with Brown and Penn. The trio is looking up in the standings at Yale and Princeton, which are both 6-2 in conference. The Crimson lost by one point at Brown and fell in overtime at Penn earlier this season. As for Yale and Princeton, Harvard in February defeated the Bulldogs by one point and suffered a one-point loss to the Tigers.

• Harvard picked up two home victories last week, claiming an 85-63 decision over Cornell before returning the next day to defeat Columbia in double overtime, 77-73. With its 2-0 weekend, the Crimson remained undefeated at home this season (8-0) and ran its home winning streak to 10 games, a streak that dates to 2018-19.

• The Crimson is one of 19 teams nationally that have not suffered defeat at home. Harvard's 10-game home winning streak, meanwhile, is the tied for the 23rd longest in Division I. Both rankings are through Feb. 18 games.

• In the victory over Cornell, Harvard received double-figure scoring efforts from four players, including Ivy League Rookie of the Week Chris Ledlum, who put up a team-best 15 points and game-high 10 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. Chris Lewis and Danilo Djuricic boasted identical lines of 13 points and five rebounds, while Noah Kirkwood added 10 points. All 16 suited players saw action for the Crimson, which shot 52.5 percent from the floor, with 11 finding the scoring column.

• Harvard and Columbia continued their trend of playing overtime games, this time competing for two extra sessions, after needing triple OT in Cambridge and five extra minutes in New York City in 2018-19. Justin Bassey provided the tying bucket in the first overtime when he put back a missed trey and Noah Kirkwood hit a go-ahead three-pointer in double OT, giving Harvard a 72-69 lead, an advantage it would not relinquish. Kirkwood led the Crimson with a career-high 22 points and a personal-record 10 rebounds, with Chris Lewis adding 16 points and 11 boards. Chrisitan Juzang, meanwhile, had 10 points and a game-high five assists.

• Last week alone, Noah Kirkwood averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, while Chris Lewis was nearly perfect from the field. The senior made 12-of-15 of his attempts from the floor (.800) and was 5-for-7 from the free-throw line en route to averaging 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds. Four others, meanwhile, averaged at least 7.0 points (Christian Juzang - 9.5, Chris Ledlum - 9.5, Danilo Djuricic - 8.5, Robert Baker - 7.0).

At The Helm
The all-time winningest head coach in Harvard men's basketball history, Tommy Amaker is on the Harvard sidelines for his 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 422-277 career record: 246-138 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.