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Men's Basketball Looks to Carry Momentum into Midweek Game at Bryant

Sophomore Jeff Georgatos has started all three games for Harvard (Mitchell Layton).

The Particulars
Harvard, which has won its last two games, visits Bryant in a non-conference matchup in Smithfield, R.I., Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Series History
The Crimson and Bulldogs have played once, a 77-51 win for Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion last season. Three Crimson players reached double digits in points, led by Jeremy Lin '10 (12 points) and Christian Webster (12 points).  Pat Magnarelli '10 chipped in with 11 points off the bench, while Kyle Casey grabbed seven rebounds.
 
Last Time Out
Harvard defeated Mercer, 75-69, in a road game Saturday.  Against the Bears, Christian Webster amassed a career-high 29 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the field and hitting 12-of-15 from the line. Webster also hit three of four shots from long range. Brandyn Curry added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Laurent Rivard contributed a dozen points and made three from long range.
 
Bryant's Last Time Out
Following their first win of the season against Iona, 74-72, Nov. 14, the Bulldogs dropped a home game to Army, 76-66, Saturday.  Bryant shot 24-of-68 from the field (.353) and were led offensively by Frankie Dobbs and Alex Francis, who each contributed 19 points.  Dobbs made three treys and drilled all six of his free throws, while Francis made 9-of-14 shots and grabbed five offensive boards.

He's Honored
With his 29-point performance in Harvard's win at Mercer Saturday, Christian Webster was honored as Harvard's second Ivy League Player of the Week already this season. Webster, who shared the honor with Yale's Austin Morgan, averaged 20.5 points per game last week and helped the Crimson post a 2-0 record.  He shot 7-of-11 against Mercer and made 12 three throws, while adding 12 points in the Crimson's home victory over Holy Cross Nov. 17. 

Keith Wright was tabbed the conference Player of the Week Nov. 15, as Harvard has earned the first two weekly awards.

Conference Records
Harvard is 17-6 all-time against schools that are current members of the Northeast Conference.

Spreading It Around From Long Range
At least one Harvard player has made at least two three pointers in all three games this season.  In the win at Mercer, Brandyn Curry, Christian Webster and Laurent Rivard all buried three treys, as Harvard shot 10-of-24 (.417) from long range for the game.  The Crimson has hit 21 three-pointers on the season.
 
Winning Mark
Harvard has won 37 of its last 60 games dating back to the start of the 2008-09 season. With the hot streak, the Crimson has improved to 45-45 under head coach Tommy Amaker.

Halftime Report
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 64-15 when leading at halftime and 17-68 when trailing a game at the break.  The Crimson stands 2-0 when leading at the half this year.

Season Honors
Keith Wright........ Ivy Player of the Week (Nov. 15)
Christian Webster.............. Ivy Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 22)
 
Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) begins his fourth 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.  Amaker guided Harvard to its first postseason appearance since 1946, as the Crimson competed in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last season.
 
He brings a 222-183 career head coaching record into today's game, including a 109-83 record at Michigan at a 68-55 record at Seton Hall. Amaker is 45-45 at the helm of the Crimson.
 
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 in the NBA
Former Harvard guard and three-time All-Ivy League honoree Jeremy Lin '10 signed a professional contract with the Golden State Warriors in July. 
 
With his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Clippes Oct. 29, Lin became the first Ivy League player to to suit up for an NBA team since Penn's Matt Maloney played for the Atlanta Hawks and Yale's Chris Dudley was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2003. 
 
Lin joins former Harvard standouts Saul Mariaschin '47 (Boston Celtics) and Edward Smith '51 (New York Knicks) as Crimson players who have seen time in the NBA.  Lin is averaging 2.9 points, 1.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game during his rookie season with Golden State.
 
Back-to-Back Double-Double
Keith Wright's 22-point, 16-rebound performance at George Mason Nov. 13, was Harvard's first double-double of the season.  Brandyn Curry followed with the first double-double of his career against Holy Cross, as he handed out 12 assists and scored 10 points in 36 minutes.
Give Me The Ball
Harvard has outrebounded all three of its opponents this season, owning a 109-85 advantage on the boards overall.  Keith Wright paces the Crimson with 8.3 rebounds per game and is tied with Christian Webster with nine offensive boards on the season.
 
Junior Stars
Led by Keith Wright's 14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, the junior class is averaging 24.0 points and 13.6 boards per contest.  Wright paces Harvard with 25 rebounds overall.
 
The Start of Ivy League Play
Keeping with tradition, Harvard will tip off Ivy League play against Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., Jan. 8, 2011.
 
Sophomore Studs
Harvard's sophomore class has combined for 25.0 points per night and has 29 of the Crimson's 47 assists on the season. Sophomore Christian Webster is the team's leading scorer, averaging 17.3 per night, while Brandyn Curry is scoring 10.0 points per game.
 
Give Me That
Oliver McNally made a career-high five steals in the Crimson's win at Mercer Nov. 20.  Brandyn Curry paces the team in steals with eight, McNally has six, while Harvard has 23 steals as a team, this season.
 
Dozen Dishes
Brandyn Curry handed out a career-high 12 assists in Harvard's 72-49 victory over Holy Cross Nov. 17.  Curry leads the Crimson with 23 assists this season, nearly eight helpers per game. 
 
Five-Time Freeloaders
Harvard is one of just three schools nationally (Navy, Cal) to rank in the top 70 nationally in free throw percentage in each of the last five years. The Crimson has shot 47-of-63 from the line (.746) this season, ranking the team tied for 54th in the country.
 
Career Days
A Harvard player has led his team in scoring while establishing a new career-high in points in two of Harvard's first three games this season.  Keith Wright tied a career-best with 22 points at George Mason Nov. 13, and Christian Webster netted 29 points in Harvard's victory at Mercer No. 20.
 
Geography 101
Harvard players hail from eight different states (California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginai), Washington, D.C., and one Canadian province (Quebec).
 
Geography 202
Three players on the Crimson roster call Massachusetts home: sophomores Kyle Casey (Medway)and Andrew Van Nest (Weston) and freshman Tom Hamel (Methuen).
 
Welcome To The Show
Harvard freshman Ugo Okam leads Harvard with five blocks this season and is averaging 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.  Classmate Laurent Rivard has made four three-point attempts and is averaging 7.0 points in 23.7 minutes per game.  Ernest Rouse has six points at Mercer Nov. 20, and is averaging 2.7 points per contest, while shooting 2-of-3 from the floor (.667).
 
Winning By Effort
The Crimson has scored 28 points on second-chance opportunities this season. 
 
Homecoming
In a homecoming game for sophomore Christian Webster, the Crimson will travel to the Washington, D.C. area twice this season.  Harvard played at George Mason Nov. 13, and returns to face George Washington Jan. 15.
 
Milestone Watch
Oliver McNally is just six points shy of 400 in his career.
 
Keith Wright needs 10 baskets to reach 200 in his career and is 52 points away from scoring 500. Wright also has 267 rebounds, just 33 away from grabbing 300.
 
Brandyn Curry needs nine points for 250 in his career and 34 assists to reach the 150 plateau. 
 
Christian Webster has grabbed 89 rebounds in his career, just 11 shy of 100 and is six field goals away from making 100 baskets.
 
Fountain of Youth
The Crimson has just three upperclassmen on the roster this year – all of them juniors. Five sophomores as well as six freshmen join the juniors to make up the team that has no seniors.
 
Harvard is the only school in the Ivy League with no seniors this season.
 
Preseason Honors
Kyle Casey............. Ivy League (Athlon Sports
....................................... Ivy League (Lindy's)
.................... Ivy League (The Sporting News)
.................................Ivy League (Blue Ribbon)                      
.............Ivy League second-team (Rivals.com)
 
Brandyn Curry.....Ivy League's Best Defender (Lindy's)
 

Laurent Rivard.......... Ivy League Newcomer of the Year (Lindy's)

Preseason Prognostications
After losing All-Ivy  and All-America guard Jeremy Lin to graduation and the professional ranks, Harvard was picked to finish  second in the Ivy League preseason media poll released Oct. 27. Harvard was picked to finish fourth in last year's preseason poll and placed third at the end of the season with a 10-4 conference mark.
 
Princeton was picked to win the league and received 12 first-place votes, while Harvard garnered four and Cornell one.
 
2010-11 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll
1. Princeton– 128 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Harvard – 120 (4)
3. Cornell – 96 (1)
4. Penn – 86
5. Yale – 57
6. Brown – 55
7. Columbia – 48
8. Dartmouth – 19
 
Home Boys
Harvard set a modern day record for consecutive home wins with 10 spanning from the 2008-09 season to 2009-10, including a program record nine straight wins against Division I teams.  The Crimson is currently riding a four-game winning streak at Lavietes Pavilion.
 
Home For The Holidays
After visiting Connecticut Dec. 22, Harvard will welcome Monmouth (Dec. 29) and MIT (Dec. 31) to Laveites Pavilion.
 
70-Point Club
Harvard owns a 2-0 record this season when scoring 70 or more points and is 0-1 when scoring less than that.
 
Ironmen
Harvard has used the same five starters in its first two games this season: Keith Wright, Christian Webster, Oliver McNally, Brandyn Curry and Jeff Georgatos.