Harvard Men's Basketball Begins Stretch of Road Games at Holy Cross Tuesday
Steve Moundou-Missi had six points and five rebounds against MIT (Gil Talbot).
After topping MIT, 76-49, in the season opener Friday, Harvard (1-0) visits Holy Cross (0-1) in the Crimson's first road game of the season. The game against the Crusaders is the first of six straight away from home for Harvard.
GoCrimson.com will provide an audio stream (with subscription) and free live statistics for the game against Holy Cross. Charlie Hobbs and Ben Zauzmer will have the call.
The Crimson and Crusaders have met 63 times, with Holy Cross owning a 40-23 advantage in the series which began in 1900-01. Harvard has taken the last three games between the schools, including a 72-49 victory last season at Lavietes Pavilion. In that win for Harvard, Keith Wright tallied 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting and was one of four Harvard players to reach double figures.
Harvard is 59-104 all-time against current members of the Patriot League. .
Harvard and Amaker Against Holy Cross
The Crimson owns a 3-1 record against the Crusaders under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) is in his fifth 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 has guided Harvard to its first Ivy League title as well as the program's first appearance in the NIT. In addition, the Crimson established a program record with 23 victories in 2011-12.
He brings a 244-189 career head coaching record into today's game, including a 67-51 mark at Harvard, a 109-83 record at Michigan and a 68-55 record at Seton Hall.
Kings of Massachusetts' Courts
The Crimson is currently on a 11-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71, Dec. 10, 2008, including three straight wins over Holy Cross and Boston College.
Harvard is 1-0 this season against Massachusetts teams, having defeated MIT in the opener. The Crimson will also face Holy Cross, Boston University and BC this season, and Harvard might play UMass at the Battle 4 Atlantis, this year.
The Crimson, which plays its next six games away from home, will play 18 road/neutral games this winter. Harvard set a program record for road/neutral wins in 2009-10 with 10, and the Crimson followed up with nine road victories last season.
Fountain of Youth
Out of 19 players on the roster, the Crimson has just three seniors and five juniors, Harvard also has four sophomores and seven freshmen.
Harvard won its 18th straight home game by earning a 76-49 win over MIT Nov. 11. Laurent Rivard (16 points) joined Keith Wright (13), Oliver McNally (12) and Kyle Casey (11) as double-digit scorers in the win. Fifteen Crimson players saw action in the victory, as Harvard shot 53.4 percent from the field for the game (31-of-58).
Holy Cross's Last Time Out
The Crusaders dropped their opener at the College of Charleston by a score of 78-69 Nov. 11. Holy Cross was led offensively by R.J. Evans, who netted 16 points, while Devin Brown and Dave Dudzinski added 14 points apiece. Evans also paced the Crusaders with seven rebounds and four steals.
Wright Among Wooden Preseason Top 50
Senior co-captain Keith Wright was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List Oct. 3. Wright, who was the only player from the Ivy League honored, garnered AP and Lou Henson All-America accolades as a junior last season.
Harvard is riding a 18-game win streak at home, a program record. The current win streak at home is the longest for Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion and is tied with Purdue for the 10th longest current streak in the NCAA. Duke is enjoying the longest current streak with 36 straight home wins.
With a 14-0 home record in 2010-11, Harvard has established a new record for home victories in a season, surpassing 11 wins at Lavietes during the 2009-10 campaign. The 1937-38 Crimson finished the season 10-0 at home.
For the fourth straight season and fifth time in seven years, Harvard received a vote in the Associated Press Top 25 poll Oct. 28. The Crimson is receiving three votes in the most recent poll Nov. 14.
Harvard is the only Ivy League team to have received a vote in a major national poll this season
For the first time in school history, Harvard was picked to win the Ivy League in the preseason conference poll. The Crimson received 16 of 17 possible first-place votes, earning 135 points.
2011-12 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll
1. Harvard– 135 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Yale– 103 (one first-place vote)
5. Brown– 62
6. Cornell– 52
7. Columbia– 50
8. Dartmouth– 17.
Crimson Runs Deep
With 19 players on its roster, Harvard is tied for the fifth largest team in the country, trailing only Air Force (22), Army (22), Cornell (21), Syracuse (20) and Navy (20). Montana State, Columbia and New Orleans also have 19 players.
Battle 4 Atlantis
During Thanksgiving weekend, Harvard will participate in the prestigious Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at the Bahamas Nov. 24-26. Connecticut, the defending NCAA champion, Florida State, Central Florida, Utah, the College of Charleston, Massachusetts and UNC Asheville will join the Crimson at the tournament. Harvard will meet Utah in the opening round Nov. 24 and will face either UMass or Florida State in the second round. All 12 games during the tournament will be broadcast live on national television, either on Versus or HDNet.
New Victory Mark
With its 23 victories last season, Harvard established a new program record for wins. The previous mark was set in 2009-10, when the Crimson finished 21-8 overall.
Harvard returns all five starters (Brandyn Curry, Oliver McNally, Christian Webster, Kyle Casey and Keith Wright) and 12 players overall from last season's Ivy League championship team.
For the second straight season, Oliver McNally and Keith Wright will serve as co-captains of the Crimson becoming the 113th and 114th captains in Harvard men's basketball history. McNally and Wright are the first players to serve as captains in consecutive seasons since Jason Norman '05 in 2004-05.
Ivy League Season Honors
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Nov. 14)
Keith Wright, Ivy Player of the Year
Keith Wright was honored as the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2011, becoming the second Harvard player to take home the award (Joe Carrabino '84-85 in 1983-84). Wright was third in the Ivy League with 14.8 points per game and ranked third in the league with 8.3 rebounds per contest. He also paced the league in shooting percentage (.584).
Getting It Done Everywhere
In Harvard's win over MIT in the opener, Brandyn Curry made three steals, dished out three assists and rejected two shots.
In 2010-11, Curry led Harvard and the Ivy League with 5.9 assists per game, paced the Crimson with 38 steals, was third on the team with 3.8 rebounds per contest and was sixth with 9.3 points per game. Curry also led Harvard with 1,017 minutes played, or 33.9 minutes per contest, and was one of only three players to have started all 30 games last season (Keith Wright, Oliver McNally).
Harvard Against the BCS
The Crimson is scheduled to play three BCS opponents this season (vs. Utah at Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 24, at Connecticut Dec. 8 and at Boston College Dec. 29). Harvard could also face Florida State and UConn, a second time, at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. Harvard was 2-3 against the BCS last year, defeating Boston College for the third straight time and downing Colorado.
Harvard owns a 5-8 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated BC three times and topped Michigan and Colorado during Amaker's tenure.
The Crimson and head coach Tommy Amaker added seven newcomers for the upcoming campaign. Freshmen Max Hooper, Corbin Miller, Steve Moundou-Missi, Alex Nesbitt, Wesley Saunders, Kenyatta Smith and Jonah Travis will join Harvard for the 2011-12 campaign.
With one block this season, Keith Wright now ranks fourth in program history with 107 rejections. Brian Cusworth '07 holds the Harvard record with 147 career blocks. Wright's 54 blocks last year also stand second in Harvard history for a single season. Brian Banks '78 had 59 rejections during the 1977-78 campaign.
Feeling It From Long Range
Laurent Rivard drilled four treys, while Oliver McNally hit two from long range in the opener against MIT. At least one Harvard player made at least two 3-pointers in 27 of 30 games last season.
Harvard in the NBA
With his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Clippers Oct. 29, 2010, former Harvard guard and three-time All-Ivy League honoree and current Golden State Warrior Jeremy Lin became the first Ivy League player to 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 joined 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. During his first season in the NBA, Lin played in 29 games, averaging 2.6 points per game and 1.4 assists per contest.
Making The Most Of It
Last season, the Crimson ranked second in the nation as a team with an 80.8 percent success rate from the charity stripe (just behind Wisconsin's 81.8 shooting percentage). Harvard owns the NCAA record for team free-throw percentage for a season (82.2 percent in 1983-84) Harvard is currently shooting 54.5 percent from the line this season.
Oliver McNally stood second in the country in free-throw shooting (100-of-108, .926). With his performance last year, McNally established a new Harvard program record for free-throw shooting in a season, surpassing Jeff Grate '68 (50-of-55, .909 in 1966-67).
The Crimson sits second in the Ancient Eight in offense (76 points per game) and second in defense (49 points allowed per game). Last season, Harvard finished second in the Ivy League in scoring defense, allowing the opposition only 64.4 points per game overall. The Crimson paced the Ancient Eight in scoring offense (71.5 ppg) and scoring margin (+7.1).
Harvard players combined for 17 double-doubles last season: Keith Wright (12), Brandyn Curry (3) and Kyle Casey (2).
Last season, the Crimson shot 51.7 percent from the floor (75-of-145) and 37.0 percent from long distance (17-of-46) in the final five minutes of games. Harvard was only called for 76 fouls in that time span, while drawing 120 fouls by opponents.