Men's Hoops to Head to Empire State for Ivy Showdowns with Columbia, Cornell

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard makes its final regular-season road trip this week, visiting Columbia and Cornell on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Crimson-Lions tilt will air on ESPNEWS at 7 p.m., with the Harvard-Cornell game set to broadcast live at 6 p.m. on ESPN+.

How to Follow
Broadcast: at Columbia - ESPNEWSInternational Stream | at Cornell - ESPN+International Stream
Live Stats: at Columbia | at Cornell
Game Notes: at Columbia/at Cornell
Twitter: @HarvardMBB

What to Know
• The Crimson enters the week in a second-place tie with Princeton in the Ivy League standings, one game behind Yale. Harvard, which swept the Tigers and Penn at home last week, has won four straight contests and five of its last six outings.

• Harvard is coming off a weekend in which it defeated Princeton, 61-60, and Penn, 69-65, to remain unbeaten at Lavietes Pavilion this season (10-0). The Crimson is one of 16 undefeated teams at home and its 12-game home winning streak, dating to last season, is the tied for the 17th longest in Division I (through Feb. 24 games).

• Four Harvard players scored in double figures vs. Princeton (Mason Forbes - 11, Christian Juzang - 11, Noah Kirkwood - 11, Robert Baker - 10) and the Crimson shot 56 percent in the second half to successfully rally from a four-point halftime deficit. The Harvard defense was stout, as it blocked 10 shots and limited the Tigers to 28.6-percent shooting in the final 20 minutes (34.4 percent for the game).

• In the victory over the Quakers, Harvard received a pair of bounce-back performances and an all-around effort from Justin Bassey (12 points, game-high seven rebounds, team-high three assists, team-best two steals, team-high 32 minutes). A day after being held to two points vs. the Tigers, Chris Lewis rebounded with a game-best 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Noah Kirkwood, meanwhile, was saddled with two fouls in the first half vs. Penn, scoring just six points in nine minutes. The sophomore, however, responded with 13 points in 15 second-half minutes en route to a game-high 19 points

• The Crimson's second-half formula to defeat Princeton produced similar results vs. Penn. The Tigers shot 39.4 percent in the first half (13-33) vs. Harvard only to be held to 8-for-28 shooting after halftime. Twenty-four hours later, the Quakers shot a blistering 58.3 percent in the first half (14-24), but was limited by Harvard to 37.5 percent shooting (12-32) in the second period. The Crimson, meanwhile, made 17-of-30 attempts from the field in the final 20 minutes (.567).

• Harvard is facing Columbia and Cornell just two weeks after seeing both teams in Cambridge. The Crimson recorded an 85-63 victory over the Big Red, its only double-digit result in its last 14 outings. Harvard wrapped up the weekend with a 77-73 double-overtime decision vs. the Lions. The last three meetings between the schools, all of which were Harvard victories, have required OT (3OT and OT in 2018-19; 2OT in 2019-20).

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 424-277 career record: 248-138 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.