In a series that began on Sunday and will continue through the Crimson’s season opener on Nov. 10 against MIT, men’s basketball beat writer Stephen Gleason will look at Harvard’s 13 nonconference opponents. Coming in at No. 11 is Fordham.
No. 13: MIT
No. 12: Holy Cross
2017-2018 Matchup: Wednesday, December 6 at Rose Hill Gymnasium, Bronx, N.Y. (7:00 p.m.)
2016-2017 Record: 13-19 overall, 7-11 Atlantic Ten
2016-2017 Matchup: Harvard, 64, Fordham, 52
Head Coach: Jeff Neubauer (3rd season)
Key Returning Players: Jr. G Joseph Chartouny (was second on last year’s team in points per game and led the team in assists); Sr. G Will Tavares (started nine games a season ago and averaged 5.6 points per contest)
Stat to Watch: 12: Harvard’s margin of victory over the Rams a season ago; it was Harvard’s second-largest nonconference margin of victory over a Division I team
Overview: The Rams struggled to rebound a season ago and return a very inexperienced frontcourt. While Fordham’s wings kept it in many games last year, it will need contributions from largely untested players, only two of whom started more than 10 games a season ago.
—Staff writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.