ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Men's Basketball Travels to Michigan for Road Test

Sophomore point guard Brandyn Curry leads the Ivy League with 7.2 assists per game (Gil Talbot).

TV: Big Ten Network - Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.

The Particulars
In Harvard's first televised game of the season, the Crimson heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Michigan of the Big Ten conference Saturday afternoon.  The game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network. Harvard is looking to start its season 6-1 for the second straight year and has its longest win streak since taking seven straight between Dec. 28, 2009 and Jan. 29, 2010.

Series History
The Crimson and Wolverines have met three times, with Michigan holding a slight lead in the series, 2-1. Harvard claimed a 62-51 win in the last game between the schools on Dec. 1, 2007. The victory was the first for the Crimson at home against a school from a BCS conference.
 
Last Time Out
Harvard drained 15-of-27 three pointers (.556) and only turned the ball over nine times in its 80-57 victory over Fordham Wednesday. The Crimson's 15 threes marks the most for the program since Harvard made 17 against Rice in 2002. Laurent Rivard came off the bench to hit five treys and finish with a career-best 21 points, while Christian Webster (18), Kyle Casey (13) and Keith Wright (10) also reached double figures.
 
Brandyn Curry added nine assists against the Rams, and Oliver McNally handed out seven helpers, including five in the first half. Harvard's bench outscored Forham's, 45-12.

Michigan's Last Time Out
The Wolverines took care of Clemson, 69-61, during an ACC/Big Ten Challenge road contest Tuesday. Michigan improved to 4-2 on the year with the win, as Evan Smotrycz led the way with 18 points and came down with six rebounds.  Tim Hardaway, Jr., tallied 15 points, while Darius Morris grabbed seven boards to go along with 13 points in the win. Michigan scored 30 points in the paint and had 10 points off second chances.

Conference Records
Harvard owns a 4-12 record against teams that are current members of the Big Ten Conference.
 
Feeling It From Long Range
At least one Harvard player has made at least two three pointers in all six games this season.  In the win over Fordham, Harvard made 15 threes as a team, with Laurent Rivard making five, and Christian Webster, Kyle Casey and Andrew Van Nest each draining three from beyond the arc.
 
The Crimson has hit 52 shots from long range on the season and is shooting nearly 40 percent from three-point range.
 
Returning to Michigan
Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker served in the same capacity at Michigan from 2001-07 and posted a 109-83 mark during his tenure in Ann Arbor. Amaker guided the Wolverines to the postseason three times, including winning the 2004 NIT title.
 
Harvard Against the BCS
The Crimson will play four teams from BCS conferences this season: Colorado (Big XII), Michigan (Big Ten), Connecticut (Big East) and Boston College (ACC).  Harvard, which went 1-2 against BCS teams last year, boasts a 1-0 mark against BCS schools this season after downing Colorado Nov. 28. The Crimson owns a 4-5 record against BCS conference schools under head coach Tommy Amaker, including a win over Michigan in 2007.
 
Defense Wins Games
Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring defense, allowing the opposition only 62.2 points per game this season. The Crimson also paces the Ancient Eight in scoring margin (+9.7).
 
Harvard is also tops in the Ancient Eight in three-point defense, as opponents are shooting only 27 percent from long distance (25-of-92).
 
Winning By Effort
The Crimson has scored 67 points on second-chance opportunities this season, including a season-high 19 in the win over Colorado Nov. 28.
 
70-Point Club
Harvard owns a 4-0 record this season when scoring 70 or more points and is 1-1 when scoring less than that. The Crimson has not allowed more than 69 points in a single game this season.
 
In The Paint
Harvard scored more points in the paint than its opponents in 21 of 29 games during the 2009-10 campaign. The Crimson has 120 points in the paint this season, but has not had a single-game advantage over an opponent through six games.
 
Career Days
A Harvard player has led his team in scoring while establishing a new career-high in points in four of Harvard's first six 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 Nov. 20. Wright then upped his career-best to 24 in the Crimson's win at Bryant Nov. 24, while Laurent Rivard scored 21 in Harvard's victory over Fordham Dec. 1.
 
Hot Hand
Keith Wright has made 38-of-53 shots from the floor this season for a shooting percentage of .717.  Wright, who is a 55 percent shooter for his career, entered the week ranked sixth in the nation in shooting percentage.
 
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 six-game winning streak at Lavietes Pavilion and is 3-0 at home this season.
 
Harvard has also collected a program record 11 consecutive victories against non-conference opponents at Lavietes dating back to the 2008-09 season.
 
He's Honored...Again!
Keith Wright garnered his second Ivy League Player of the Week honor Monday after helping the Crimson to a 2-0 record last week. Wright netted a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season in Harvard's 69-66 win at Bryant Nov. 24. He then posted the best all-around performance of his career in the 82-66 victory over Colorado, as he tallied 19 points, collected nine rebounds, handed out six assists and blocked three shots. Wright also earned Ivy Player of the Week honors Nov. 15, while Christian Webster was tabbed Co-Player of the Week Nov. 22.
 
Conference Watch
The Crimson has earned victories over teams from the Patriot League, Atlantic Sun, Northeast Conference, Big XII and Atlantic 10 this season. Harvard defeated teams from 10 different conferences during the 2009-10 season and has already topped teams from five different conferences this year.
 
Winning Mark
Harvard has won 40 of its last 63 games (.635) dating back to the start of the 2008-09 season and 26 of its last 35 contests (.742) since the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign.
 
With the hot streak, the Crimson has improved to 48-45 (.516) under head coach Tommy Amaker.

Top Of The Ivy League
The Crimson owns a 5-1 record through its first six games and boasts the best overall mark for an Ivy League school this season.

Back In Play
Sophomore Kyle Casey, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, saw action for the first time this season in the Crimson's victory at Bryant Nov. 24.  Casey, who missed the first three games because of a foot injury, drilled three three-pointers and was 5-of-8 from the field overall to finish with a season-best 13 points in the Crimson's 80-57 victory over Fordham Dec. 1. Casey, who was named to every preseason All-Ivy League team, played 17 minutes, the most action he has seen in a game this year.
 
Halftime Report
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 66-15 when leading at halftime and 18-68 when trailing a game at the break.  The Crimson stands 4-0 when leading at the half this year and came back from a one-point deficit at halftime against Bryant Nov. 24.
 
Season Honors
Keith Wright........ ...Ivy Player of the Week (Nov. 15)
Christian Webster...Ivy Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 22)
Keith Wright............Ivy Player of the Week (Nov. 29)
 
Double-Double Show
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 Nov. 17, handing out 12 assists and scoring10 points. Wright added another double-double at Bryant Nov. 24, scoring a career-best 24 points and collecting 10 rebounds.
 
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 225-183 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 48-45 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.
 
Great Spot On The Calendar
The Crimson concluded November with a 4-1 record during the month. Harvard dropped its season opener at George Mason, but then rattled off four straight victories against Holy Cross, Mercer, Bryant and Colorado.
 
Milestone Watch
Oliver McNally hit the 400-point mark at Bryant Nov. 24, and needs 75 more points to reach the 500 plateau. He is also 31 rebounds away from 200 in his career.
 
Keith Wright surpassed the 500-point mark with his 10-point performance against Fordham (501). Wright also has 290 rebounds, just 140 away from grabbing 300.
 
Kyle Casey needs just three field goals for 100 in his career.
 
Brandyn Curry surpassed the 250-point mark and 100-rebound mark at Bryant Nov. 24 and needs just 14 assists for 150. 
 
Christian Webster has grabbed 98 rebounds in his career and hit six field goals against Colorado to move past the 100-plateau, as he has made 108 shots in his career.
 
Keeping Everyone Involved
Harvard handed out 22 assists on 25 field goals in the Crimson's 82-66 win over Colorado Nov. 28. The Crimson then dished out 21 helpers on 28 field goals in the 80-57 victory over Fordham Dec. 1.
 
Protecting The Ball
Harvard only turned the ball over nine times, a season-low, in its 80-57 victory over Fordham Dec. 1. Brandyn Curry had nine assists and only one turnover in that game.
 
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 Clippers Oct. 29, Lin became the first Ivy League player 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, who has seen action in eight games, is averaging 2.7 points, 1.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game during his rookie season with Golden State.
 
Give Me The Ball
Harvard has outrebounded five of its six opponents this season, owning a 207-178 advantage on the boards overall, or 34.5-29.7 per game.  Keith Wright paces the Crimson with 8.0 rebounds per contest and has 16 offensive boards to his credit, while Christian Webster has collected 12 offensive rebounds.
 
Junior Stars
Led by Keith Wright's 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, the junior class is averaging 29.7 points and 14.0 boards per contest. 
 
Rejected
Keith Wright, who blocked three shots in back-to-back games (Bryant Nov. 24 and Colorado Nov. 28) leads the Crimson in rejections with 12 and paces the Ivy League with 2.0 blocks per game.  Ugo Okam swatted away three shots against Holy Cross Nov. 17 and ranks second on the Crimson with five blocks.
 
Harvard leads the Ivy League with 28 blocked shots and 4.7 rejections per game.
 
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.
 
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 with 12 steals, while McNally is close behind with eight. Harvard has 37 steals as a team this season.
 
Scoring Duo
Either Keith Wright or Christian Webster has led Harvard in scoring in five of six games this season. Wright has paced the team in three contests, while Webster has been the scoring leader on two occasions.  Webster has the team lead with 16.5 points per game, while Wright is close behind with 16.0 ppg.
 
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 43 assists this season and is averaging 7.2 per game, which ranks first in the Ancient Eight.
 
Sophomore Studs
Harvard's sophomore class has combined for 33.1 points per night and has 53 of the Crimson's 101 assists on the season. Christian Webster is first on the team with 16.5 points per game, while Brandyn Curry leads the way with 7.2 assists per contest. 
 
Keeping Possession
Harvard has grabbed 64 offensive rebounds this season and has scored 67 second-chance points.
 
Dunk Tally - 2010-11
Kyle Casey                                              1
Oliver McNally                                          1
Ugo Okam                                               3
Andrew Van Nest                                    1
Keith Wright                                            5
 
Dunkfest
On Dec. 2, 2009, Harvard set a modern-day record for dunks in a game with six against Rice.  The Crimson had four dunks against Colorado Nov. 28 and Fordham Dec. 1.
 
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 entered the week 27th in the nation in free throw percentage (.766), while Navy and Cal were not ranked in the top 100.
 
Six Harvard players are shooting at least 75 percent from the line this season, led by Laurent Rivard (.909)
 
Don't Call It A Comeback
Harvard overcame a three-point deficit in the second half on the road at Mercer Nov. 20, winning 75-69. The Crimson also downed Bryant, 69-66, after trailing by one at the half and by as much as four points late in the second half.
 
Geography 101
Harvard players hail from eight different states (California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia), 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
Freshman Laurent Rivard has made 13 three-point attempts and is averaging 9.5 points in 22.7 minutes per game. Classmate Ugo Okam is second on the team with five blocks this season and is averaging 1.6 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. Ernest Rouse has six points at Mercer Nov. 20, and is averaging 1.3 points per contest.
 
200 and Counting
Tommy Amaker earned his 200th career win as a head coach Nov. 13, 2009 with an 87-77 victory over Holy Cross. Amaker now has 225 victories and is 48-45 in his three-plus seasons at the helm of the Crimson.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Tremendous Start
Keith Wright set a new career-high with 16 rebounds and tied a career-best with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting at George Mason Nov. 13.  Wright grabbed 10 defensive boards and six offensive rebounds, while also making three steals and blocking two shots in the season opener.  Wright earned his second double-double of the season (24 points, 10 rebounds) in Harvard's win at Bryant Nov. 24.