The Harvard Crimson men’s team isn’t an elite NCAA basketball program, but over the years, Harvard has had some exciting seasons in Division I with players like Jeremy Lin.
And while sports betting has yet to be legalized in Massachusetts, there’s hope. The state could follow the Pennsylvania example of allowing betting on in-state teams., too
In that case, you’ll want the best Harvard basketball betting odds for when sports betting legalization occurs. Read on as we cover what you need to know about college basketball betting.
Today’s Harvard basketball odds
When legal Massachusetts online sportsbooks go live, here’s where you’ll find the latest Harvard basketball odds. Click on any posted odds to go directly to the online sportsbook.
Best Harvard Basketball betting apps
There are various options for betting on college basketball online. The best sportsbooks offering Ivy League basketball odds should be:
DraftKings Sportsbook MA app
Since they call Massachusetts home, this leader in the industry should be among the first to set up a retail sportsbook in the state. Betting options on the DraftKings MA app include:
- Competitive betting odds
- Special event promo codes
- Trending Top Picks feature for several college sports involving Harvard
- Special features such as Survivors and Brackets betting during the NCAA tournament
- Player props where states allow
- Risk-free bets to new bettors
FanDuel Sportsbook MA app
FanDuel is also an industry trendsetter that offers plenty of betting options. Offerings on the FanDuel MA app include:
BetMGM Sportsbook MA app
BetMGM is one of the most recognized and trusted sources for sports betting odds. Features on the BetMGM MA app include:
How to open an online betting account in MA
Signing up with most sportsbook apps is an easy process. Start by clicking one of the links in this article to download the app on your computer or smartphone.
Joining will include entering your name, date of birth and address. The sportsbook site will confirm your email and send you a welcome message. Make sure to use your sportsbook bonus code before depositing in your new account.
With a registered and funded account, you can now make bet selections, which will show on a betting slip. Confirm your bets on the slip, and you’re in on the action.
How to read Harvard Crimson betting lines
As with many team sports, Ivy League basketball fields three basic bet types. Game lines will include odds for spreads, moneylines and totals.
An example of tonight’s Harvard line might say:
- Harvard Crimson -6.5 (-110) Moneyline -125 O 142.5 (-110)
- Cornell Big Red -6.5 (-110) Moneyline -125 U 142.5 (-110)
The point spread shows Harvard as the 6.5-point favorite. Your point spread bet on Harvard will pay $100, plus the original $110, if Harvard wins by seven points or more. If Harvard wins by fewer than seven, Cornell covers.
Moneylines are bets made on the winner of the game. In the example above, you need to bet $125 on the Harvard Crimson moneyline to earn $100 if the team wins.
Then, the over-under gives you the option to bet on the total points scored in a game. The combined total of both teams’ scores is set here at 142.5. These bets are even odds and pay $100 on a $110 bet. If the teams combine for 143 points or more, the total goes over. If they score 142 points or fewer, the bet goes under.
Parlays and props are notable components of every NCAA basketball betting season. For the latter, make predictions on how your Harvard stars will perform in a game. For the former, combine your Harvard Basketball props with the game lines to create a parlay bet.
What conference does Harvard play in?
The Harvard Crimson are members of the Division I Ivy League basketball conference. During the league schedule, Harvard plays rivals Yale, Dartmouth and Cornell, to name a few. Each team gets a home and away game against every Ivy League opponent.
Harvard in the NIT Tourney & NCAA Tournament
Harvard can make it into the NCAA tournament by winning the Ivy League Conference tournament or receiving an at-large bid. To date, the team has appeared in the NCAA tournament five times:
- 1946 – lost in the first round
- 2012 – lost in the first round
- 2013 – lost in the second round, upset No. 3 seed New Mexico for first NCAA tournament win
- 2014 – upset No. 5 seed Cincinnati in the first round, lost in the second round
- 2015 – lost in the first round
The team has also appeared in three NIT tournaments:
- 2011 – lost in the first round
- 2018 – lost in the first round
- 2019 – lost in the second round
Where is the Harvard basketball arena?
- Name: Ray Lavietes Pavilion
- Address: 45 N Harvard St, Allston, MA 02134
- Location: Allston Neighborhood
- Owner and Operator: Harvard University
- Capacity: 1636
- Opened: 1926 (second oldest college basketball arena still in use)
- First basketball game played: Harvard Crimson women’s team on November 26, 1982.
The Ray Lavietes Pavilion is part of the Briggs Athletic Center in Boston. Harvard University owns and operates the 1,636-seat arena. LeBaron Russell Briggs was once Dean of Harvard and president of the NCAA.
The arena replaced the Malkin Athletic Center in Cambridge in 1982. In 1995, two-time basketball letterman Ray Lavietes donated $2.1 million for more refurbishments.
Since then, a new scoreboard and lobby were installed, reducing the capacity to 1,636 seats. Lavietes is the smallest basketball venue in the Ivy League.
How to watch Harvard basketball games
The Harvard Crimson do get occasional coverage from national networks via streaming services. You can also check out Crimson games on YouTube. Harvard also provides radio coverage on the free-to-use Tune-In streaming network.
Harvard grads in NBA
The last player from Harvard to reach the NBA was Jeremy Lin, who caused quite a sensation in 2012, with “Linsanity” sweeping the league. His early career is notable because Lin went undrafted in the NBA.
Zooming out, 11 players have been drafted out of Harvard by NBA teams. The last to get drafted, Keith Webster, was in 1987. Bob Ferry Jr. and Joe Carrabino were picked up by NBA teams two years earlier.
All-time leaders for Harvard basketball
Jeremy Lin holds the mark for most seasons played in the NBA by a Harvard alum with nine. Lin also earned an NBA title as a member of the Toronto Raptors in 2019. As far as college ball, here are some of the school’s all-time statistical leaders:
- Points – Joe Carrabino (1880)
- Assists – Elliott Prasse-Freeman (705)
- Rebounds – Kyle Snowden (908)
- Steals – Andrew Gellert (242)
- Blocks – Chris Lewis (179)
Harvard basketball traditions
Fans at Ray Lavietes Pavilion tend to be more reserved than the crowd at hoops-crazy institutions like Kansas and Duke, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t knowledgeable. Ivy League basketball arenas tend to have a laid-back vibe.
Fans get invited to join the pregame festivities for free at the tailgate party. Of course, when Yale comes to play the Crimson, fans get into the spirit early.
Harvard-Yale is one of the oldest and most bitter rivalries in college sports, and Princeton stands as another famous rival from the Ivy League. They also play crosstown rivals Boston College frequently. Harvard has won seven of their last nine meetings with BC dating back to 2009, but BC leads the overall series 31-16.
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How many national titles does Harvard have?
The Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team has never won a national championship. That said, Harvard has won seven Ivy League Championships. In 2011, coach Tommy Amaker led his squad to its first conference championship since the league was established in 1956.
When NCAA basketball resumes each year, the Harvard Crimson are always in the mix for conference championship contention.
Best basketball bars near the Harvard campus
Whether you’re looking for a raucous crowd of Harvard basketball fans or a relaxed place to have a drink and watch the game, there are plenty of options within walking distance of the university.
- Olde Magoun’s Saloon in Somerville features 28 varieties of craft beer on tap.
- The Thirsty Scholar is another excellent spot to watch Harvard basketball. It’s a traditional neighborhood bar pub with a classic ambiance.
- Whitney’s has been around since 1953, making it a local tradition. Many of the students frequenting it now are sitting in the same places as their parents 40 years ago.
- Silhouette Lounge is considered your basic, laid-back favorite watering hole for Harvard sports fans. This spot is an authentic sports bar.