Men's Hoops to Host Brown, Yale in Final Regular-Season Weekend

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard enters its final regular-season weekend with a pair of important Ivy League home games. The Crimson, currently in second place in the conference standings, will play host to Brown on Friday in a contest that will double as the program's Senior Night before welcoming Ivy-leading Yale to Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday. Both games are set for 7 p.m. starts on ESPN+.

How to Follow
Broadcast: Brown - ESPN+International Stream | Yale - ESPN+International Stream
Live Stats: BrownYale
Game Notes: Brown/Yale
Twitter: @HarvardMBB

What to Know
• Harvard returns to Lavietes after sweeping its Columbia-Cornell road swing last week. The two victories ran its winning streak to six games, propelling the Crimson into second place after entering last week's action in a second-place tie with Princeton.

• Harvard, which has secured a spot in next week's Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament presented by TIAA, has much to play for with tourney seeding and the conference regular-season title on the line. Two games separate the top three teams in the Ivy standings (Yale - 10-2, Harvard - 9-3, Princeton - 8-4). Brown, meanwhile, is looking to qualify for the Ivy tournament and comes into the week in a fourth-place tie with Penn at 6-6. Only the top four teams advance to the conference tournament.

• The Crimson picked up a 77-69 road decision at Columbia on Friday behind the effort of Rio Haskett's career-high 19 points, Justin Bassey's double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Chris Ledlum's 15-point, 6-rebound performance off the bench. Haskett, who filled in at point guard after Christian Juzang suffered an injury, was 8-for-10 from the field and scored 10 points during Harvard's game-deciding 12-4 second-half run that turned a three-point lead into an 11-point cushion.

• Harvard made a season-high 26 free throws and eight players scored at least six points in helping the Crimson defeat Cornell, 67-58, on Saturday. Robert Baker led Harvard with 12 points and Haskett added 11 points in a starting role. Bassey, meanwhile, filled the stat sheet with seven points, a game-high seven rebounds and team-high-tying two assists.

• Eight Harvard players last week averaged at least 6.0 points with Haskett leading the way at 15.0 on a blistering 61.1-percent shooting (11-18), including a 6-for-10 effort from three-point distance. Ledlum, a native of Brooklyn, averaged 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games in his home state, while Bassey registered 9.5 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds.

• The Crimson enters this week's action as one of 15 teams that are undefeated at home this season (through March 2). Harvard is 10-0 at Lavietes Pavilion and, dating to last year, has won 12 straight at home, which is the 17th-longest streak in Division I (through March 2).

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 426-277 career record: 250-138 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.