Men's Basketball Returns to Conference Play, Hosts Dartmouth Saturday Afternoon
Junior Oliver McNally is second in the nation in free-throw percentage (.943) (Stephen Slade).
Harvard, which is currently riding its second five-game win streak of the year, owns a 12-3 overall record and is 1-0 in the Ancient Eight, while the Big Green heads into the weekend 0-1 in the Ivy League and 4-11 overall. The Crimson is 7-0 at home and has tied the program record with 10 straight victories at home.
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Harvard and Dartmouth have played 170 times since the inaugural meeting between the Ivy League schools during the 1900-01 campaign. The Big Green owns a 94-77 lead in the series, but Harvard has won the last three contests between its Ancient Eight rival to the north.
Last Meeting Against The Big Green
The Crimson picked up its first Ivy League win of the season by taking down the Big Green, 68-53, Jan. 8, in Hanover, N.H. Keith Wright earned his sixth double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and collecting 12 boards, while Kyle Casey (13 points, nine rebounds), Oliver McNally (12 points) and Christian Webster (11 points) also reached double figures. Harvard shot 53.1 percent from the floor as a team and outrebounded Dartmouth, 32-22.
Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off a 67-62 non-conference victory at George Washington last Saturday. Kyle Casey collected a career-best 15 rebounds and added 10 points for a double-double, while Oliver McNally and Laurent Rivard each scored 16 points. Rivard tallied all of his points in the second half, helping Harvard comeback from a nine-point deficit with 19:36 remaining in the second half.
Dartmouth's Last Time Out
The Big Green dropped a road game, 67-64, at Colgate Monday evening and has dropped four consecutive games. Against the Raiders, Jabari Trotter hit 5-of-9 baskets to lead Dartmouth with 14 points. R.J. Griffin (13 points), Tyler Melville (12) and Gediminas Bertasius (10) all scored in double figures for the Big Green. Dartmouth made 19-of-22 free throws (.864), but shot only 19-of-54 from the field (.407) in the game against the Raiders.
He's Honored For The Third Time
For the third time this season, Laurent Rivard was tabbed the Ivy League Rookie of the Week Jan. 17. Rivard scored all 16 of his points in the second half in Harvard's 67-62 victory at George Washington Jan. 15. Rivard made 4-of-6 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 from long range, helping the Crimson come back from nine-point deficit in the second half.
Harvard appears 45th in the most recent NCAA RPI, released Monday. The Crimson has the highest RPI in the Ivy League, 10 spots ahead of conference rival Princeton (55).
Scoring In Bunches
Harvard is 4-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points, topping Colorado, 82-66, Nov. 28, Fordham, 80-57, Dec. 1, Boston University, 87-71, Dec. 11 and MIT, 84-58, Dec. 31.
The Crimson is undefeated this season at home (7-0), scoring 70 or more points (8-0), surrendering less than 60 points (5-0), shooting better than 35% from 3 (8-0), shooting under 75% from the foul line (4-0), in games decided by 4-10 points (4-0) and in January (3-0).
Making The Most Of It
The Crimson stands second in the nation as a team with an 80.5 percent success rate from the charity stripe (just behind Wisconsin's 81.3 shooting percentage). Harvard, which owns the NCAA record for team free-throw percentage for a season (82.2 percent in 1983-84), made 23-of-24 (.958) of its attempts from the foul line in its win at Boston College Jan. 5. Harvard made a season-best 28 free throws in wins over WPI Dec. 7 and Monmouth Dec. 29.
Oliver McNally (50-of-53) is second in the country at 94.3 percenet from the foul line, while Laurent Rivard is sixth (.930). Chris Warren of Mississippi leads the nation with a 94.5 percent clip.
Top Of The Ivy League
The Crimson is tied atop the Ivy League standings with a 1-0 record with Columbia and Yale. Harvard also boasts the conference's best overall record, going 12-3 to start the season (.800).
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 85 assists this season and is averaging 5.7 per game, which ranks second in the Ancient Eight and is 26th in the country. Curry has handed out eight assists in three of his last five games. Harvard is 72nd in the nation in assists as a team with 14.7 per game.
Great Spot On The Calendar
The Crimson concluded November with a 4-1 record during the month and was 5-2 in December. Harvard is 3-0 in January after opening with wins at Boston College, at Dartmouth and at George Washington.
Just Grab It
Harvard owns a 9-1 record when outrebounding its opponents this season. The Crimson is only 2-3 when the team is outrebounded. Harvard is averaging 33.7 boards per game and allowing only 30.2 rebounds per contest, which leads the Ivy League.
The Crimson has earned victories over teams from the Patriot League, Atlantic Sun, Northeast Conference, Big XII, Atlantic 10, NEWMAC, America East, ACC and Ivy League this season. Harvard defeated teams from 10 different conferences during the 2009-10 season, establishing a program record, and has already topped teams from nine different conferences this year.
Scoring From All Areas
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. Harvard has had at least four players score 10 or more points eight times: (Holy Cross Nov. 17, Fordham Dec. 1, WPI Dec. 7, Boston University Dec. 11, Monmouth Dec. 29, MIT Dec. 31, Boston College Jan. 5 and Dartmouth Jan. 8).
Harvard owns an 8-0 record this season when scoring 70 or more points and is 4-3 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, Dec. 22).
Harvard has grabbed 157 offensive rebounds this season and has scored 160 second-chance points. Keith Wright paces the Crimson with 50 offensive boards, which leads the Ivy League, while Christian Webster (20), Kyle Casey (17), Brandyn Curry (15) and Laurent Rivard (13) have also been key players on the offensive glass for Harvard.
Night and Day
The Crimson is 6-1 during evening games and 6-2 during afternoon contests this year.