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Harvard Crimson men's basketball

Harvard Crimson
2014–15 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team
Harvard Crimson athletic logo
University Harvard University
Conference Ivy
Location Cambridge, MA
Head coach Tommy Amaker (8th year)
Arena Lavietes Pavilion
(Capacity: 2,195)
Nickname Crimson

Crimson and Black

Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2013, 2014
NCAA Tournament appearances
1946, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference regular season champions
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Harvard Crimson men's basketball program represents intercollegiate men's basketball at Harvard University. The team currently competes in the Ivy League in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and play home games at the Lavietes Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts. The team's last appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 2014, where Harvard upset 5-seed Cincinnati 61–57. The Crimson are currently coached by Tommy Amaker.


Tommy Amaker era

On April 11, 2007, Tommy Amaker was named men's basketball coach at Harvard University, becoming the only African American among Harvard's 32 head coaches.[1] On January 7, 2009, Amaker's Harvard squad defeated then-ranked Boston College (#17 AP Poll/#24 Coaches' Poll) for the first win over a ranked team in the program's history.[2] The following season, after coaching Harvard to its most successful season ever behind the play of Jeremy Lin, the 2009–10 team was invited to participate in the 2010 Tournament. The team was defeated in the first round by Appalachian State.[3]

Amaker led the 2010-11 team team to a share of the 2010–11 Ivy League men's basketball season championship, which was school's first men's basketball Ivy League Championship since the league was formed during the 1956–57 season.[4] Harvard finished the season a perfect 14–0 at home,[4] which surpassed the prior season's school record of eleven home wins.[5] The team's 12 conference game wins established a school record.[6] The team's victory over Colorado was the team's first ever against a Big 12 Conference opponent since that conference commenced play in 1996.[7] His fourth season also marked the fourth straight season that the team defeated at least one power conference opponent.[8] By finishing as Ivy League Co-champion, they faced Princeton in a one-game playoff and lost by a score of 63–62.[9] Harvard earned an automatic bid to the 2011 National Invitation Tournament, but was defeated by Oklahoma State by a 71–54 margin in the first round.[10] The final record of 23–7 surpassed the prior season's total of 21 wins for the most in the history of the program.[5]

Financial aid and recruiting

Another key to Harvard's recent success in basketball has been a 2006 change in the school's financial aid policy. Although the Ivy League strictly prohibits athletic scholarships, Harvard has adopted an aid scheme that makes the school far more accessible to low- and middle-income students. Under current policy, all students (not just athletes) from families with annual incomes less than $180,000 pay at most 10% of family income, and those with family incomes under $60,000 receive full scholarships. According to Jay Hart of Yahoo! Sports,
With the financial barrier to entry lifted, an offer to play basketball at Harvard became instantly competitive with the rest of the world of collegiate athletics, where full-ride scholarships are (purportedly) the only currency.[11]

Postseason results

NCAA Tournament results

The Crimson have appeared in the NCAA tournament five times. Their combined record is 3–5.
Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1946 Elite Eight Ohio State L 38–46
Regional 3rd Place NYU L 61–67
2012 Second Round Vanderbilt L 70–79
2013 Second Round New Mexico W 68–62
Third Round Arizona L 51–74
2014 Second Round Cincinnati W 61–57
Third Round Michigan State L 73–80

NIT results

The Crimson have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament once. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2011 First round Oklahoma State L 54–71

CIT results

The Crimson have appeared in the Tournament once. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2010 First round Appalachian State L 71–93

Notable players

Crimson in the NBA

Bold denotes active player.[1]


  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.


  1. ^ Picker, David (2007-04-14). "Amaker Brings Baggage to Harvard".  
  2. ^ "Lin powers Harvard to rare upset over No. 24 BC".  
  3. ^ "Harvard 71 (21–8, 10–4 Ivy), Appalachian St 93 (23–12, 13–5 Southern)".  
  4. ^ a b "Harvard tops Princeton 79-67 to share Ivy title".  
  5. ^ a b "Amaker Named Finalist For Jobe Award". Harvard University. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  6. ^ "2010-11 Highlights". p. 4. 
  7. ^ Kessler, Martin (2010-11-29). "Harvard Men’s Basketball Notches First Win Over Big 12 School: Crimson easily handles Colorado, 82-66, at Lavietes Pavilion".  
  8. ^ Walsh, Timothy J. (2010-11-29). "NOTEBOOK: Crimson Tops BCS Foe For Fourth Straight Year".  
  9. ^ "Princeton KO's Harvard on last-second jumper to earn NCAA bid".  
  10. ^ "Oklahoma State routs Harvard in NIT opener".  
  11. ^ Hart, Jay (March 14, 2012). "Coach Tommy Amaker and a generous financial-aid policy turn Harvard into a hoops haven".  

External links

  • Official Website
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