UMass-Harvard hoop series likely to continue, Boston College series possible

  • UMass guard, Luwane Pipkins (2), looks to pass during a game against Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. — GAZETTE STAFF / CAROLINE O’CONNOR

Published: 11/13/2017 6:36:26 PM

After his team’s thrilling win over UMass Sunday, Harvard coach Tommy Amaker expressed hope that the Minutemen and Crimson, who completed the current contract for a home-and-home series, would continued to play.

“Every time we’ve been able to lock horns as they say with UMass, in all the games we’ve played in this series have been hard-fought games, have been possession games, have been exciting games and I think this has to top all of that in terms of the ending,” he said. “But it’s always been this way and we’re hopeful we can continue this amazing series.”

UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford thought extending the series was likely. In fact when he’s working on future schedules, he’s doing so under the assumption that there will be an annual game with the Crimson.

“From everything Matt (McCall) and I have discussed, we’re like to for it to continue as well. It’s great to get into Boston every other year.  … Tommy has done a great job there. They’re competing for Ivy League titles every year. Their RPI is always strong. It’s a good chance for us early in the season to get a test.

“All the games have been close. It’s been a great series,” Bamford continued. “I have an interest and Matt shares it, in extending the series for a number of years. In our future scheduling, we have it penciled as continuing and them coming here next year.”

Anderson wished there could be another Harvard game now.

“I want to play them again,” he said. “That was a great game.”

Bamford said he and new Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond have had some preliminary discussions about adding some future football games as well as restarting a basketball series.

“Martin and I had lunch a couple of weeks ago. He’s doing a great job over there,” Banmford said. “We’re kicking the tires on an extension to what we’re doing in football and we’re trying to get a basketball series back on.

“We’re trying to figure out how to build a nonconference schedule where we have two or three really good nonconference opponents coming to Mullins every year,” Bamford continued. “If we could get a series going with BC, we’d like to go there in a year when we host Harvard. Going to Boston every year to play one of them would be cool for us and good for our fans.”

He said the soonest any series with BC would likely start is the 2019-2020 season.

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