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. 8 is Wofford.
No. 13: MIT
No. 12: Holy Cross
No. 11: Fordham
No. 10: Manhattan
No. 9: Massachusetts
2017-2018 Matchup: Wednesday, January 10 at Benjamin Johnson Arena, Spartanburg, S.C. (7:00 p.m.)
2016-2017 Record: 16-17 overall, 10-8 Southern Conference
2016-2017 Matchup: N/A
Head Coach: Mike Young (16th season)
Key Returning Players: junior guard Fletcher Magee (one of the most prolific scorers that the Crimson will face this season, averaged 18.6 points per game as a sophomore, shot 42.3 percent from three-point land); junior forward Cameron Jackson (the Terriers’ top returning rebounder and shot blocker and second-leading scorer behind Magee)
Stat to Watch: 78.6: the number of points that the Terriers averaged per game a season ago, the second-most of any team that Harvard will play this year (Kentucky)
Overview: Harvard will make the trip to the Palmetto State to cap off its nonconference slate. The two teams met in Cambridge back in 2015, with the hosts winning, 77-57. Sophomore wing Justin Bassey will have his work cut out for him as he will likely be tasked with covering Magee. This one will largely come down to pace, the Crimson will need to slow down the Terriers’ potent offense.
—Staf writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.