Boston College–Harvard men's basketball rivalry

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Boston College–Harvard men's basketball rivalry
SportMen's basketball
First meeting1949
Latest meeting12/7/16
Harvard 74, Boston College 66
Next meetingTBA
Meetings total47
All-time seriesBoston College leads 33–14 (.702)
Current win streakHarvard, 1 (2016–present)

The Boston College–Harvard men's basketball rivalry is an American college basketball rivalry between the Boston College Eagles basketball team of Boston College and Harvard Crimson basketball team of Harvard College. The two teams' geographical proximity has made the rivalry an intense one.

After many years of domination by Boston College, Harvard, led by coach Tommy Amaker, won every game it played against Boston College from 2008 to 2014. The 2008–09 Harvard team defeated then-ranked 2008–09 Boston College team (#17 AP Poll/#24 Coaches' Poll) on January 7, 2009 for the first win over a ranked team in the program's history.[1] The 2008–09 recruiting class was the first time an Ivy League institution was ranked in the top 25 by ESPN.[2][3] The 2009–10 Harvard team also won their December 9 rematch with Boston College by a 74–67 margin.[4] Despite this, the Eagles still hold the overall advantage in the rivalry.[citation needed]


Boston College victoriesHarvard victories
1 December 4, 2012 Chestnut Hill, MA Harvard 79–63
2 January 1, 2014 Boston, MA Harvard 73–58
3 January 14, 2015 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 64–57OT
4 November 22, 2015 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 69–56
5 December 7, 2016 Chestnut Hill, MA Harvard 74–66
Series: Harvard leads 3–2


  1. ^ "Lin powers Harvard to rare upset over No. 24 BC". 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  2. ^ Thamel, Pete (2008-03-02). "In a New Era at Harvard, New Questions of Standards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  3. ^ "Tommy Amaker". Harvard University. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  4. ^ "Harvard 74, Boston College 67". 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2010-04-16.