Men's Basketball Welcomes Monmouth to Lavietes Wednesday Evening
Oliver McNally ranks seventh in the nation in foul shooting (.931) (Gil Talbot).
Harvard returns to the court to host Monmouth in a non-conference tilt at Lavietes Pavilion Wednesday evening. The Crimson enters the matchup at 7-3 overall, while the Hawks of the Northeast Conference are 4-8. Harvard is 5-0 at home, while Monmouth stands at 0-4 on the road.
Harvard and Monmouth have yet to play on the court, as Wednesday evening's matchup will be the first between the two schools.
Last Time Out
The Crimson fell on the road at No. 4/4 Connecticut, 81-52, Dec. 22. Keith Wright scored 18 points and added seven rebounds to lead Harvard, while Laurent Rivard netted 12 points and Brandyn Curry added 10 points. Kyle Casey, who scored eight, came down with six rebounds in a losing effort. The game against Connecticut was the first for Harvard against a ranked opponent this season.
Monmouth's Last Time Out
The Hawks are coming off a 76-36 loss at home to No. 8/8 Villanova Dec. 22. Monmouth made only 1-of-19 shots from long distance against the Wildcats and was only 9-of-22 from the free-throw line (.409) in the loss. Phil Wait led the Hawks with eight points, while Mike Myers Keitt came down with a team-high seven rebounds. Monmouth and Villanova both scored 20 points in the paint, but the Wildcats had a strong edge in points off turnovers, 23-5.
Harvard owns a 5-0 record this season when scoring 70 or more points and is 2-2 when scoring less than that. The Crimson has allowed an opponent to score more than 70 points on only two occasions (Boston University, 71, Dec. 11 and No. 4/4 Connecticut, 81-52, Dec. 22).
Harvard vs. The Northeast Conference
The Crimson owns a 17-6 record against current members of the Northeast Conference. Harvard topped Bryant, 69-66, earlier this season on the road Nov. 24.
Keith Wright has made 63-of-95 shots from the floor this season for a shooting percentage of .663, which ranks fifth in the country entering the week behind. Wright, who is a 55 percent shooter for his career, leads the Ivy League in shooting and 3.1 offensive rebounds per contest, is second with 1.7 blocks and 8.6 rebounds per game and third with 15.9 points per contest. Wright also paces the Crimson in scoring and has led Harvard in points in five of 10 games this year.
Just Grab It
Harvard owns a 5-1 record when outrebounding its opponents this season. The Crimson is only 2-2 when the team is outrebounded.
The Crimson has earned victories over teams from the Patriot League, Atlantic Sun, Northeast Conference, Big XII, Atlantic 10, NEWMAC and America East this season. Harvard defeated teams from 10 different conferences during the 2009-10 season and has already topped teams from seven different conferences this year.
Harvard Against Ranked Opponents
When Harvard played No. 4 Connecticut Dec. 22, it marked the first time the Crimson had faced a team ranked that high since Harvard fell at No. 1 Duke, 118-65, Nov. 30, 1991. Harvard earned the program's first-ever victory over a ranked opponent when the team downed No. 17 Boston College, 82-70, Jan. 7, 2009.
Top Of The Ivy League
The Crimson owns a 7-3 record (.700) through its first 10 games, putting the team second in overall winning percentage in the Ivy League, trailing only Princeton (9-3, .750).
Six Harvard players reached double digits in scoring against Boston University Dec 11: Oliver McNally, Christian Webster, Brandyn Curry, Laurent Rivard, Andrew Van Nest and Keith Wright. That marked the fourth time this season Harvard had at least four players score 10 or more points (Holy Cross Nov. 17, Fordham Dec. 1, WPI Dec. 7).
Harvard has grabbed 103 offensive rebounds this season and has scored 108 second-chance points. Keith Wright paces the Crimson with 31 offensive boards, while Christian Webster (15) and Brandyn Curry (12) have also been key players on the offensive glass for Harvard.
Defense Wins Games
Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring defense, allowing the opposition only 64.4 points per game this season. The Crimson also paces the Ancient Eight in scoring margin (+5.7), more than two points more than Princeton (+3.4).
Opponents are shooting only 34.9 percent from long distance against the Crimson and are shooting 43.8 percent from the floor overall against Harvard.
Feeling It From Long Range
At least one Harvard player has made at least two three pointers in all nine 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 84 shots from long range on the season and is shooting nearly 35.7 percent from three-point range. Harvard is 5-0 when making 10 or more three pointers in a game.
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 1-2 mark against BCS schools this season after beating Colorado Nov. 28, but falling at Michigan Dec. 1 and at Connecticut Dec. 22.
The Crimson owns a 4-7 record against BCS conference schools under head coach Tommy Amaker. Harvard has defeated Boston College twice, and topped Michigan and Colorado during Amaker's tenure in Cambridge.
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.
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 22 treys on the season, tying him with Christian Webster for the team lead. Webster has made 22 shots from long distance on 62 attempts (.355), while Rivard has made that many shots on 63 chances (.349).
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 53 assists this season and is averaging 5.5 per game, which ranks first in the Ancient Eight and is 32nd in the country.