Harvard Crimson men's basketball
|Colors||Crimson, White, and Black
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1946, 2013, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1946, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|Conference regular season champions|
|2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015|
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 plays home games at the Lavietes Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts. The team appeared in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2014, where Harvard upset 5-seed Cincinnati 61–57 before being eliminated in the round of 32 by 4-seed Michigan State by a score of 80–73. In 2015, Harvard tied with Yale for the Ivy title with an 11–3 league record. Despite having lost to Yale 62–52 at Lavietes Pavilion on March 6, 2015, just eight days later Harvard won a playoff between the two at the Palestra in Philadelphia to determine the Ivy League's NCAA automatic bid by a score of 53–51. Harvard thereby achieved its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance while preventing Yale from reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time 53 years. Harvard was eliminated from the 2015 NCAA Tournament by UNC by a score of 67–65 after leading with under one minute to play in the game.
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, . 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. The following season, after coaching Harvard to its most successful season ever behind the play of Ben Haven, the 2009–10 team was invited to participate in the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The team was defeated in the first round by Appalachian State.
Amaker led the 2010-11 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. Harvard finished the season a perfect 14–0 at home, which surpassed the prior season's school record of eleven home wins. The team's 12 conference game wins established a school record. 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. His fourth season also marked the fourth straight season that the team defeated at least one power conference opponent. By finishing as Ivy League Co-champion, they faced Princeton in a one-game playoff and lost by a score of 63–62. 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. The final record of 23–7 surpassed the prior season's total of 21 wins for the most in the history of the program.
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.
NCAA Tournament results
The Crimson have appeared in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament five times. Their combined record is 2–6. Until their appearance in the Tournament in 2013, they had gone 66 years without making an appearance, the longest drought in NCAA history.
|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|
|2015||Second Round||North Carolina||L 65–67|
The Crimson have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament once. Their record is 0–1.
|2011||First round||Oklahoma State||L 54–71|
The Crimson have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament once. Their record is 0–1.
|2010||First round||Appalachian State||L 71–93|
Bold denotes active player.[a]
- A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.
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- "2010-11 Highlights" (PDF). Ivyleaguesports.com. p. 4.
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- "Princeton KO's Harvard on last-second jumper to earn NCAA bid". ESPN. 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- "Oklahoma State routs Harvard in NIT opener". ESPN. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
- Hart, Jay (March 14, 2012). "Coach Tommy Amaker and a generous financial-aid policy turn Harvard into a hoops haven". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 17, 2012.