Road to China
Six University affiliates – including three Harvard seniors – learned Thursday they will have the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in Beijing next year through the Schwarzman Scholars program.
It was a day of new faces as the Crimson took on Stanford in Shanghai—new players in Harvard’s top-10 recruiting class, new starters from the newest group of upperclassmen, and new fans as Harvard and the Pac-12 seek to expand the strength and quality of university sports in China.
Stanford's Reid Travis stole the show, leading all players with 24 points and 17 rebounds in what was the regular season opener for both teams as the Cardinal claimed a 80-70 victory over the Crimson.
A typical Harvard men’s basketball game at Lavietes Pavilion garners a few hundred fans, and swells in Ivy play. But for the Crimson’s season opener against Stanford in Shanghai on Saturday (Friday at 11 PM EST), the team will be performing for a much larger audience.
The Harvard men’s basketball team will begin its regular season and cap off its week-long trip to Shanghai with a matchup with arguably its most challenging nonconference foe, as the Crimson will take on Stanford on Saturday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Coming into the 2015-2016 season, Chambers—a three-year starter at the game's most important position—was expected to be the senior leader on a team that had just lost four rotation players (including its best player, Wesley Saunders '15) to graduation. The fantasy evaporated as quickly as it started.