2013–14 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team
|2013–14 Harvard Crimson men's basketball|
Great Alaska Shootout Champions
Ivy League regular season champions
NCAA third round vs. Michigan State, L 73–80
|2013–14 record||27–5 (13–1 Ivy)|
|Head coach||Tommy Amaker (7th year)|
|Assistant coach||Brian DeStefano|
|Assistant coach||Adam Cohen|
|Assistant coach||Christian Webster|
|Home arena||Lavietes Pavilion|
|2013–14 Ivy League men's basketball standings|
|Rankings from AP Poll
x-Ivy League champion
The 2013–14 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team represented Harvard University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Crimson, led by seventh year head coach Tommy Amaker, played their home games at Lavietes Pavilion and were members of the Ivy League. They finished the season 27–5, 13–1 in Ivy League play to win the Ivy League championship and earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, as a 12-seed, the Crimson upset 5-seed Cincinnati in the second round before losing in the third round to 4-seed Michigan State.
On September 27, USA Today 's Scott Gleeson named Harvard the 31st best team in the country and projected the team to earn a number 8 seed in the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. When the preseason Coaches' Poll was released on October 17, three-time Ivy League defending champion Harvard received 28 points (the 32nd highest point total). When the preseason Associated Press poll was released, Harvard had 46 points (the 31st highest total). Sports Illustrated listed Harvard 20th in its College Basketball edition. Its support was largely based upon the return of 2013 Ivy Rookie of the Year Siyani Chambers and the 2013 Ivy League scoring champion Wesley Saunders as well as the return of Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry, who had redshirtted the previous season due to the 2012 Harvard cheating scandal. Casey and Curry had been 2011–12 All-Ivy League first and second team selections, respectively.
Harvard was the unanimous selection of the 17-member Ivy League media poll selection committee when it was released on October 23, 2013. Harvard was also the preseason selection of Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Lindy's Sports and NBCSports.com, but Sporting News selected them second to Princeton. Saunders was selected as the preseason Ivy League player of the year according to Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Lindy's Sports, NBCSports.com and Sporting News and was a CollegeInsider.Com Lou Henson Preseason Mid-Major All-America Team selection. Both Curry and Chambers were preseason Bob Cousy Award watchlist selections. The team selected Casey and Curry to be its co-captains.
Class of 2013
Zena Edosomwan was a 4-star recruit and among the top 100 players in the class of 2012 according to multiple recruiting services. Harvard's recruitment of him has become controversial because he had substandard academic qualifications for Harvard. He had to take the SAT's multiple times and reclassify into the class of 2013 while pursuing a post-graduate year at Northfield Mount Hermon. Edosomwan declined basketball scholarships from UCLA, USC, California, Texas, Wake Forest, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Gonzaga, Notre Dame, San Francisco, Texas, Vanderbilt, and Washington to attend Harvard. He is the first player rated among the top 100 by Scout.com to ever commit to Harvard.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|North Hollywood, CA||Northfield Mount Hermon School||6 ft 8.5 in (2.04 m)||230 lb (100 kg)||Mar 11, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 79|
|Minden, NV||Douglas High School (NV)||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||217.5 lb (98.7 kg)||Oct 10, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 77|
|Dallas, TX||Highland Park High School||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)||N/A||Dec 4, 2012|
|Scout: N/A Rivals: N/A 247Sports: N/A|
|Overall recruiting rankings:|
Class of 2014
On September 29, 2013 4-star recruit Chris Egi and 3-star recruit Andre Chatfield both made verbal commitments to Harvard. Egi is the second top 100 recruit in two years for Harvard.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Montverde, FL||Montverde Academy (FL)||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||Sep 29, 2013|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 80|
|Norcross, GA||Norcross High School (GA)||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||Sep 29, 2013|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 76|
|Overall recruiting rankings:|
|2013–14 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team|
Harvard opened its season on November 10 with a victory over in-state Greater Boston rival Holy Cross at the TD Garden. They then defeated Cambridge rival MIT on November 12 in the home opener at Lavietes Pavilion. After scoring 14 points and adding 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks while playing 37 minutes in the first game of the season, Curry missed the next three games due to a foot injury. After starting the season 4–0, the team lost its first game on the road against Pacific-12 Conference Colorado on November 24. Curry re-aggravated his foot against Colorado and was described as out indefinitely by Amaker. In the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout, Harvard defeated Denver, Green Bay and TCU to win the November 27–30 tournament.
|11/10/2013*||vs. Holy Cross
(Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Tip-Off)
|W 82–72||1–0||TD Garden (6,037)|
|11/12/2013*||MIT||W 79–37||2–0||Lavietes Pavilion (1,414)|
|11/15/2013*||Howard||W 76–44||3–0||Lavietes Pavilion (1,815)|
|11/20/2013*||Bryant||W 86–68||4–0||Lavietes Pavilion (1,760)|
|11/24/2013*||at Colorado||L 62–70||4–1||Coors Events Center (9,770)|
(Great Alaska Shootout first round)
|W 68–60||5–1||Sullivan Arena (3,923)|
|11/29/2013*||vs. Green Bay
(Great Alaska Shootout semifinals)
|W 76–64||6–1||Sullivan Arena (4,064)|
(Great Alaska Shootout championship)
|W 71–50||7–1||Sullivan Arena (4,253)|
|12/04/2013*||at Northeastern||W 72–64||8–1||Matthews Arena (1,901)|
|12/07/2013*||at Boston University||W 79–68||9–1||Case Gym (1,233)|
|12/21/2013*||Vermont||W 74–68||10–1||Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)|
|12/28/2013*||at Fordham||W 94–86||11–1||Rose Hill Gymnasium (3,200)|
|01/01/2014*||Boston College||W 73–58||12–1||Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)|
|01/04/2014*||at Rice||W 69–54||13–1||Tudor Fieldhouse (1,762)|
|01/08/2014*||at Connecticut||L 56–61||13–2||Gampel Pavilion (9,218)|
|01/11/2014||Dartmouth||W 61–45||14–2 (1–0)||Lavietes Pavilion (1,766)|
|01/21/2014*||at Florida Atlantic||L 53–68||14–3||FAU Arena (2,315)|
|01/26/2014||at Dartmouth||W 80–50||15–3 (2–0)||Leede Arena (1,544)|
|01/31/2014||Princeton||W 82–76||16–3 (3–0)||Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)|
|02/01/2014||Penn||W 80–50||17–3 (4–0)||Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)|
|02/07/2014||Brown||W 52–45||18–3 (5–0)||Lavietes Pavilion (2,028)|
|02/08/2014||Yale||L 67–74||18–4 (5–1)||Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)|
|02/14/2014||at Columbia||W 88–84 2OT||19–4 (6–1)||Levien Gymnasium (2,474)|
|02/15/2014||at Cornell||W 67–44||20–4 (7–1)||Newman Arena (1,342)|
|02/21/2014||at Penn||W 83–63||21–4 (8–1)||Palestra (4,810)|
|02/22/2014||at Princeton||W 59–47||22–4 (9–1)||Jadwin Gymnasium (4,306)|
|02/28/2014||Cornell||W 72–47||23–4 (10–1)||Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)|
|03/01/2014||Columbia||W 80–47||24–4 (11–1)||Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)|
|03/07/2014||at Yale||W 70–58||25–4 (12–1)||Payne Whitney Gymnasium (2,532)|
|03/08/2014||at Brown||W 98–93 OT||26–4 (13–1)||Pizzitola Sports Center (2,226)|
|03/20/2014||#(12 E)||vs. #15 (5 E) Cincinnati
|W 61–57||27–4||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (10,862)|
|03/22/2014||#(12 E)||vs. #11 (4 E) Michigan State
|L 73–80||27–5||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (11,623)|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll, (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed within region E=East. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.
On March 11 Saunders was named to the District I (ME, VT, NH, RI, MA, CT) team by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Saunders was listed on The National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All‐District 13 first team on March 12.
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