Men's Basketball Returns Home, Hosts WPI at Lavietes Tuesday
Harvard boasts the Ivy League's best overall record (5-2) and stands undefeated at home (3-0) (Eric Bronson).
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Harvard, which boasts a 5-2 record on the season returns to Lavietes Pavilion to welcome WPI (5-1) Tuesday evening. The Crimson is 3-0 at home, while the Engineers own a 2-0 record on the road.
The Crimson and Engineers have played 20 times since the 1905-06 season, with Harvard owning a 16-4 lead in the series. The Crimson has won the last six games between the schools since the 1943-44 campaign. Harvard and WPI have not played since 1988-89, an 84-77 victory for the Crimson at home.
Last Time Out
Harvard owned a 12-point lead in the second half at Michigan Saturday, but the Wolverines went on a 19-1 run to erase the Crimson advantage and topped Harvard, 65-62. Keith Wright recorded his third double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Laurent Rivard made five three-pointers for the second straight game, finishing with 15 points, and Christian Webster also netted 15 points, draining three shots from long distance. Oliver McNally handed out a game-high six assists.
WPI's Last Time Out
The Engineers downed Lasell, 89-63, Dec. 2, to improve to 5-1 on the season. WPI, which had 17 players see action in the win, scored 54 second-half points. Jeffrey Robinson paced the Engineers' scoring output netting a team-high 21 points and hitting five shots from long distance. Matt Carr tallied 16 points and came down with 10 rebounds, including four offensive boards.
Laurent Rivard hit a total of 10 three-pointers in two games and averaged 18.0 points per game against Fordham and Michigan last week en route to Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. Rivard scored a career-high 21 points against Fordham and added 15 points and five rebounds at Michigan. He drilled five treys in each game last week.
State of Massachusetts
Harvard plays five teams from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this season: Holy Cross Nov. 17, WPI Dec. 7, Boston University Dec. 11, MIT Dec. 31 and Boston College Jan. 5. Harvard is 1-0 against teams from Massachusetts after beating Holy Cross.
Top Of The Ivy League
The Crimson owns a 5-2 record through its first seven games and boasts the best overall mark for an Ivy League school this season.
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.
Harvard has grabbed 73 offensive rebounds this season and has scored 78 second-chance points. Keith Wright paces the Crimson with 21 offensive boards, while Christian Webster (13) and Brandyn Curry (10) have also been key players on the offensive glass for Harvard.
At least one Harvard player has made at least two three pointers in all seven games this season. In the win over Fordham, Harvard made 15 threes as a team, with Laurent Rivard making five, as the Crimson was just two treys away from matching a program record (17 vs. Rice in 2002).
The Crimson has hit 61 shots from long range on the season and is shooting nearly 38.9 percent from three-point range.
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 1-1 mark against BCS schools this season after beating Colorado Nov. 28, but falling at Michigan Dec. 1.
The Crimson owns a 4-6 record against BCS conference schools under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Defense Wins Games
Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring defense, allowing the opposition only 62.6 points per game this season. The Crimson also paces the Ancient Eight in scoring margin (+7.9).
Opponents are shooting only 29.7 percent from long distance against the Crimson.
Harvard owns a 4-0 record this season when scoring 70 or more points and is 1-2 when scoring less than that. The Crimson has not allowed more than 69 points in a single game this season.
Owning A Long Distance Plan
Laurent Rivard made five three-pointers in back-to-back games against Fordham Dec. 1, and Michigan Dec. 4. The Crimson freshman has buried 18 treys on the season, second most on the team (Christian Webster, 19).
Winning By Effort
The Crimson has scored 78 points on second-chance opportunities this season, including a season-high 19 in the win over Colorado Nov. 28.
Harvard scored more points in the paint than its opponents in 21 of 29 games during the 2009-10 campaign. The Crimson has 144 points in the paint this season, but has not had a single-game advantage over an opponent through seven games. Harvard was even in the paint at Michigan Dec. 4, 24-24.
A Harvard player has led his team in scoring while establishing a new career-high in points in four of Harvard's first seven 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 the victory over Fordham Dec. 1.
Keith Wright has made 46-of-69 shots from the floor this season for a shooting percentage of .667. Wright, who is a 55 percent shooter for his career, entered the week ranked tied for 11th in the nation in shooting percentage. Wright also leads the Ivy League in shooting and with 13 blocks, is tied for first with 8.6 rebounds per game and stands tied for second with 16.3 points per contest.
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 45 assists this season and is averaging 6.4 per game, which ranks first in the Ancient Eight and 16th in the country.
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 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.
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.
Harvard has won 40 of its last 64 games (.625) dating back to the start of the 2008-09 season and 26 of its last 36 contests (.722) since the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign.
With the hot streak, the Crimson has improved to 48-46 (.511) under head coach Tommy Amaker.
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.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 66-16 when leading at halftime and 18-68 when trailing a game at the break. The Crimson stands 4-1 when leading at the half this year and came back from a one-point deficit at halftime against Bryant Nov. 24. Harvard's lone loss when leading at the intermission was at Michigan Dec. 4, as the Crimson led 32-25 at halftime, but fell, 65-62.
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)
Laurent Rivard......... Ivy Rookie of the Week (Dec. 6)
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. He then scored 18 points and came down with 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the year at Michigan Dec. 4.