Pictured: Oliver McNallly and the Harvard
Crimson take on Seattle University Saturday afternoon. The
game will be televised on tape delay on Fox SportsNet Northwest at
Harvard opens the 2010 calendar year with its first-ever game in the city of Seattle, Wash. The Crimson plays Settle university, in its second year of a transition to Division I, at Key Arena - former home of the Seattle Supersonics of the NBA. Tipoff is at 2:10 p.m. (PST).
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Saturday's game at Seattle can be seen live on tape delay on Fox Sports Northwest at 9:30 p.m.
All Harvard home basketball games will feature live game statistics. Fans can visit the Live Stats page to follow along on their computer.
The teams have not met before as Seattle transitions from Division II status to Division I.
Harvard's Last Time
Harvard stymied George Washington on defense in the second half Wednesday night, holding the high-powered Colonials to 18 points in the second half of a 66-53 victory.
Jeremy Lin connected for his fifth buzzer-beating shot of the season at the end of the first half to give the Crimson a 38-35 lead as part of a 14-point, 5-steal half. All told, Lin totaled 17 points, eight rebounds, seven steals (career-high), five assists and two blocks while Kyle Casey added 15 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the free throw line.
The loss marked GW's first road setback this season (5-1), with the Colonials dipping to 9-3 on the season.
Seattle's Last Time
but Seattle lost to Loyola Marymount, 104-89, in a high-scoring game on Wednesday. Boxley was 8-of-14 form the floor in 26 minutes while Charles Garcia came off the bench for 17 points (7-11 FG) and seven rebounds against a LMU team that had six players in double figures. LMU benefitted from 31 Seattle fouls and made 36 of 45 free throw attempts in the victory.
Garcia leads Seattle in most categories including points (22.9), rebounds (9.7), blocks (14) - but also fouls with 49. he is also shooting just .595 from the free throw line (100-168).
Harvard Coach Tommy
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) begins his third season as head coach of the Harvard men's basketball team. He registered his 200th career coaching victory Nov. 13 in the 2009-10 season opener at Holy Cross.
He brings a 208-177 career head coaching record into the game, including a 109-83 record at Michigan at a 68-55 record at Seton Hall.
Amaker came to Harvard after a six year stint as Michigan's head coach. Inheriting a program that was reeling from institutional and NCAA sanctions, he led the Wolverines to the postseason three times, winning the 2004 NIT title, reaching the championship game of the 2006 NIT, and advancing to the second round of the 2007 tournament. The 2006-07 season was Michigan's second straight 20-win campaign and its third in four years. The Wolverines were ranked as high as No. 20 in the nation during the 2005-06 season.
Harvard's RPI (collegerpi.com) is currently 23rd nationally - its highest ranking in school history.
William & Mary, which Harvard defeated, is currently seventh. The win is the only Ivy League victory against a Top 25 RPI team this season.
Harvard has three of the Ivy's six wins against Top 100 teams (William & Mary, Rice, Boston College).
Ranked behind Harvard are:
Arizona, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, George Mason, George Washington, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Pitt, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Xavier
Playing The East
Two of Harvard's losses have come against the top-ranked conference this season, the Big East.
In the latest edition of Parade Magazine (Dec. 27), Harvard's 82-70 victory over Boston College in Jan., 2009 was named as the nation's sporting "Upset of the Year.
NESN also listed the victory among BC's "Top 10 Defining Moments of the Decade.
Harvard has defeated BC in each their last two meetings - both of which came during the 2009 calendar year.
In The Record Books
Harvard's 66-53 win over George Washington (12/30), tied Harvard's all0time record for nonleague victories in a season (9) - set previously in 1957-58. That '57-58 team defeated five Division III programs during that stretch and this year's crew has lined up with its strongest schedule in program history.
Harvard's 66-53 win over George Washington (12/30) gave the Crimson its first victory against a team from the Atlantic-10 Conference since the 1980-81 (Massachusetts). The A-10 was the fourth-best ranked conference in the country at the time of playing..
Harvard's 78-70 win at Boston University marked the first Harvard victory at BU since the 1975 season - a streak of 34 years.
Harvard has stopped numerous streaks and gained several "firsts" under Tommy Amaker, including:
-Program's best start in 25 years since going 8-0 to start the 1984-85 season.
-Program's best home record to start a season in 23 years since going 7-0 at Lavietes Pavilion to start the 1986-87 season.
-Program's most nonleague victories (9), tying the mark originally set in 1957-58.
-Program's highest-ever ranking in the RPI (collegerpi) at #23 on December 31.
-Program's first win over a nationally-ranked team with an 82-70 win at #17 Boston College in 2008-09.
-Program's first win over a BCS program with a 62-51 win over Michigan in 2007-08.
-Program's first Top 25 recruiting class by ESPN in 2008-09.
-Program's first win at Penn since 1989-90 season with a win at The Palestra in 2008-09.
-Program's first win at Yale since 1998-99 season with a win at the Lee Amphitheater in 2008-09.
-Ivy League-best seven road victories in 2008-09.
-Program's first weekend sweep of Penn-Princeton since 1986-87 - and third-ever- in 2007-08.
Three of Harvard's four frontcourt players are shooting better than 60 percent from the floor. Pat Magnarelli (.611), Doug Miller (.606) and Keith Wright (.604) are followed closely by Kyle Casey at .578.
Wright leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage at .604 for players with enough attempts to qualify.
Jeremy Lin set a new career-high for steals, with seven, coming against George Washington on Dec. 30. Lin had five steals in the first half of the game. '
Four different players have game 5+ assist games this season; Jeremy Lin (high of 9 vs. W&M), Oliver McNally (high of 9 against UNH); Christian Webster (high of 6 against MIT), Brandyn Curry (high of 5 against MIT).
Complete Game Notes
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