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Harvard Travels To No. 13/14 Connecticut on Sunday; Watch on ESPN360.com

Pictured: Pat Magnarelli slams home one of Harvard's six dunks Wednesday night against Rice (Gil Talbot)

The Particulars
Harvard begins a challenging three-game road swing on Sunday when the Crimson travels to Storrs, Conn. for a game against No. 14/13 Connecticut at 1 p.m.

The Huskies have won 105 of their last 106 games against non-conference opponents from New England.

Follow at Home
Sunday's game at UConn can be heard live on GoCrimson.com with Chris Villani on the call. The game can also be viewed online at ESPN360.com with Marc Kestecher and Doug Gottlieb on the call. In the Conn-NY area, the game will be shown on MyTV9 and SNY. Fans can visit the Multimedia page to purchase a single game event or a season pass. The real-time broadcast includes play-by-play commentary from Chris Villani. Select road games will also be available and regularly announced on GoCrimson.com.

Live Statistics
All Harvard home basketball games will feature live game statistics. Fans can visit the Live Stats page to follow along on their computer.

Series History
UConn leads the series, 12-2, although the teams have not met since the 1988-89 season. The series began in 1921.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Keith Wright scored 16 points and Harvard shot 75 percent from the field in the second half to cruise to an 85-64 victory over Rice on Wednesday night.

The Crimson (6-1), which is off to its best start since going 8-0 in the 1984-85 season, hit 15 of 20 shots in the second half and was 31-for-51 (60.8 percent) for the game. Harvard also made 19 of 22 free throws and dished out 22 assists, seven by Oliver McNally.

With the Owls (4-3) ahead 13-12, Harvard used an 18-7 run to lead 31-19 with 3:45 left and took a 40-26 margin into halftime.

The Crimson led by as many as 25 points in the second half as Rice shot 34.6 percent from the field (9-for-26) to finish at 38.9 percent (21-for-54).

Jeremy Lin added 14 points for Harvard and McNally chipped in 13.

Lawrence Ghoram led Rice with 14 points while Trey Stanton and Emerson Herndon had 13 apiece.

UConn's Last Time Out
Jerome Dyson scored 22 points to lead UConn (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) to a 92-64 rout of Boston University Wednesday night.

Kemba Walker had 15 points and 10 assists for the Huskies (5-1), while Stanley Robinson added 16 points and nine rebounds. Gavin Edwards chipped in with 12 points and nine boards.

John Holland led the Terriers with 23 points and Jake O'Brien added 18 points and 10 rebounds. BU, which was picked by the coaches in the America East to win the conference, was coming off a 78-70 loss to Harvard last week.

Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker
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 205-175 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.

RPI Watch
Harvard's RPI (collegerpi.com) is currently 45th nationally. UConn enters play at No. 28.

William & Mary, which Harvard defeated, is 24th and is the only Ivy League victory against a Top 25 RPI team this season. 

Harvard has two of the Ivy's three wins against Top 100 teams (Rice - 71).

25 Years
Harvard's win over Rice on Dec. 2 sealed the Crimson's best start to a season (6-1) in 25 years since going 8-0 to start the 1984-85 season.

Harvard's 8-0 start in 1984-85 included two victories over D. II programs and one victory over a D. III program. The next best start came in 1957-58 when the team started 8-1 with five wins against lower division opponents.

Home Boys
Harvard's win over Rice on Dec. 2 gave the Crimson its best home record to start a season in 23 years since going 7-0 at Lavietes Pavilion to start the 1986-87 season.

First Half - Second Half
Harvard shot .608 overall in its 85-64 win over Rice on Dec. 2. The Crimson shot .526 in the first half (16-31) and 75 percent in the second half (15-20). The Crimson held Rice to a .389 percentage (21-54) for the game.

50-50
In its 87-77 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 13, Harvard shot 50 percent in the first half and 55 percent in the second.

Dunkfest
Harvard set a modern-day record for dunks in a game with six against Rice on Dec. 2.

Complete Game Notes
For complete games notes in PDF format, click on the link at the beginning of this page.