August 5, 2011
Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, 12 Home Games Highlight 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule
The Crimson has won 17 consecutive games at Lavietes Pavilion (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off the winningest season in program history, the Harvard men's basketball team will play 12 home games at Lavietes Pavilion; will compete at the new, prestigious Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and will face teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East and Atlantic 10 during the upcoming 2011-12 season.
Under the tutelage of head coach Tommy Amaker, who is entering his fifth season at the helm of the Crimson, Harvard returns every player from last year's roster which earned the program's first Ivy title. The Crimson won all 14 home games last year and has won 17 straight overall at home, which is tied for the 10th longest streak in the country. Harvard posted a 23-7 overall mark and was 12-2 in the Ivy League, earning a spot in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for the first time in program history.
For the second straight season, senior forward Keith Wright, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, and senior guard Oliver McNally will serve as co-captains. The Crimson also returns junior forward Kyle Casey, junior guard Brandyn Curry and junior guard Christian Webster, who earned All-Ivy League accolades.
Harvard will open its 101st season by hosting Cambridge neighbor MIT Nov. 11, followed by a local road game at Holy Cross Nov. 15. The Crimson will then make its longest trip of the season, flying to Los Angeles to face Loyola Marymount Nov. 19.
After returning east, the Crimson will travel to the Bahamas to play three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Nov. 24-26. While the schedule for the tournament has not been released, Harvard will be joined at the tournament by defending NCAA champion Connecticut, Florida State, Utah, Central Florida, Massachusetts, College of Charleston and UNC Asheville.
Following the Battle 4 Atlantis, Harvard visits Vermont Dec. 1, before hosting Seattle at Lavietes Pavilion Dec. 4. The Crimson will then travel to play Connecticut for possibly the second time during the young season Dec. 7. Later that week, Harvard will make the short trip to Boston University Dec. 10, before taking a 12-day break for exams and study period.
The Crimson returns to action by welcoming Florida Atlantic and former Harvard assistant coach Mike Jarvis to Cambridge Dec 22. After a week off, Harvard visits Boston College Dec. 29, as the Crimson seeks its fourth straight victory over the Eagles. Two days later, Harvard hosts St. Joseph's on New Year's Eve, closing out the 2011 calendar year.
After a trip to Fordham Jan. 3, Harvard will begin its Ivy League slate by facing Dartmouth at Lavietes Jan. 7. The Crimson then concludes its non-conference schedule at Monmouth Jan. 10 and Jan. 14.
Harvard will play three consecutive road conference games, at Dartmouth Jan. 21, at Yale Jan. 27 and at Brown Jan. 28, before returning to Cambridge to face Cornell Feb. 3 and Columbia Feb. 4.
Down the stretch, the Crimson visits Penn Feb. 10 and Princeton Feb. 11, before hosting Brown Feb. 17, Yale Feb. 18 and Princeton Feb. 24. Senior Day will be scheduled for Feb. 25, when Harvard takes on Penn in the home finale. The Crimson concludes the regular season at Columbia March 2 and at Cornell March 3.