Harvard, coming off the most successful season in its college basketball history, might lose big man Kenyatta Smith for much of its nonconference schedule because of an injury to his left foot, sources said Monday.
Crimson coach Tommy Amaker told ESPN.com that Smith is out indefinitely. The 6-foot-8 junior, who sat out Sunday's season opener, started 15 games in 2012-13 and was expected to start for Harvard this season and give the team a low-post presence.
Harvard struggled in the opener, pulling away from Holy Cross late for an 82-72 victory in the third and final game of a Massachusetts tripleheader at TD Banknorth Garden. The Crimson won 20 games last season and upset No. 3 seed New Mexico for its first-ever NCAA tournament victory. They're expected to contend again for the Ivy League title.
Amaker started Steve Moundou-Missi against Holy Cross and he finished with four points and three rebounds in 14 minutes. Reserve forward Jonah Travis led Harvard with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but the Crimson will miss sorely Smith for his ability to score in the post and also his shot-blocking capabilities.
Zena Edosomwan, a 6-9 freshman who played just four minutes Sunday, is expected to get more minutes with Smith out of the lineup.