No. 21/22 Harvard Men's Basketball Travels to Fordham Tuesday
Corbin Miller has made 13-of-20 3-point attempts (.650) during his rookie season (Gil Talbot).
No. 21/22 Harvard (12-1) is off to the best start for the program since the 1945-46 season when the Crimson began the year 19-1. The Crimson visits Fordham (6-6) Tuesday eveningat 7 p.m. in a non-conference matchup before hosting Dartmouth Saturday afternoon to begin Ivy League play.
Live video will be available with a subscription at FordhamSports.com. WHRB's Charlie Hobbs and Scott Reed will have the audio call on GoCrimson.com. Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Harvard and Fordham have met 10 times since 192-63, with the Rams owning a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series. The Crimson won last year's meeting, 80-57, at Lavietes Pavilion. Laurent Rivard led Harvard with 21 points, going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, while Christian Webster added 18 points in the Crimson victory over the Rams last year on Dec. 1, 2010.
Harvard owns a 19-36 record against teams that are current members of the Atlantic 10 conference. The Crimson is 1-0 against A-10 teams this year after downing Saint Joseph's, 74-69, Saturday afternoon. Harvard will also face George Washington in the Crimson's final non-conference contest of the season Jan. 14.
Harvard's Last Time Out
In its 74-69 win over Saint Joseph's Saturday, the Crimson came back from a 14-point deficit in the first half and a 10-point hole at halftime. Kyle Casey led the way with his first double-double of the season, scoring a season-high 26 points and adding 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive side. Keith Wright added 16 points and five boards, while Oliver McNally handed out seven assists, while only committing one turnover.
Fordham's Last Time Out
Chris Gaston came down with 17 rebounds, including six offensive boards and 11 on the defensive end, and was 11-of-15 from the line to finish with 23 points in the win over the Yellow Jackets. Branden Frazier added 19 points and six assists, while Bryan Smith also reached double digits with 11 points. The Rams shot 37.9 percent from the field for the game, but Georgia Tech only hit 42.9 percent of its foul shots (6-of-14).
Harvard As a Ranked Team
The Crimson is 4-1 as a ranked team in program history with wins this season over Boston University, Florida Atlantic, Boston College and Saint Joseph's this season. The lone setback for the Crimson came at then-No. 9 Connecticut. Harvard is 2-0 at home as a ranked squad, while boasting a 2-1 record on the road when ranked nationally.
Entering the week, Harvard was tied for first in the nation in free-throw defense, as opponents had only made 57.3 percent of its foul-shot attempts (114-of-199). Northern Arizona also stands tied for first (.573).
Keith Wright leads the Crimson with two double-doubles, while Kyle Casey and Jonah Travis have recorded one apiece this year. Harvard players combined for 17 double-doubles last season: Keith Wright (12), Brandyn Curry (3) and Kyle Casey (2).
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 21-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 for the ninth longest current streak in the NCAA. Kentucky is enjoying the longest current streak with 44 straight home wins.
Nation's Current Longest Home Win Streaks
Through (Dec. 31)
Ohio State 34
Notre Dame 28
North Carolina 25
Texas State 16
Long Island 16
Harvard trailed by as much as 14 points in the first half and was in a 10-point hole at halftime against Saint Joseph's Dec. 31. The Crimson outscored the Hawks, 36-21, in the second half, holding Saint Joseph's to just 29.6 percent shooting to earn a 74-69 comeback victory.
The Crimson is ranked No. 21 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and No. 22 in the AP poll, marking the highest respective rankings in program history. Earlier this season, the Crimson became the first Ivy team ranked in the AP poll since Princeton was rated No. 8 in the final poll of the 1997-98 season.
Harvard is the only Ivy League team to have received at least one vote in a major national poll this season.
Harvard currently sits at No. 22 in the RPI, according to collegerpi.com. The Crimson earned the highest ranking in program history, No. 14, Dec. 2.
The Crimson will play at least seven games on national or regional television this season.
Harvard is 5-1 on TV this year after earning wins over Utah (HDNet), No. 20/22 Florida State (Versus) and Central Florida (Versus) at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Crimson also defeated Boston University (NESN) and Boston College (ESPN3), but fell on the road at No. 9/9 Connecticut (ESPN2).
Coming Down With It
With his 11-rebound performance against Boston College Dec. 29, Keith Wright now has 18 double digit rebound games in his career. Wright also has two double-doubles this season and has led Harvard in rebounding in nine of 13 contests.
Up By 20
Harvard has won four games by 20 or more points this season, having downed MIT, Utah, Boston University and Boston College. Under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson has won 21 games by 20 or more points.
Defense Wins Games
The Crimson enters the week 13th in the country in scoring defense (55.4 points allowed per game).
The Crimson is 3-1 against BCS teams this season after Utah, then-No. 20 Florida State and Boston College. The Crimson fell at No. 9 UConn, 67-53, Dec. 8.
Harvard owns an 8-9 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated BC four times and has also topped Michigan, Colorado, Utah and Florida State during Amaker's tenure. The Crimson has also defeated at least one BCS team in each of the last five seasons.
The Crimson, which currently owns an 8-1 record in road/neutral sites, will play a total of 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. Harvard is 5-1 on the road and 3-0 in neutral sites in 2011-12.
Kings of Massachusetts' Courts
The Crimson is currently on a 14-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71, Dec. 10, 2008, including four straight wins over Holy Cross and Boston College and three against Boston University.
Harvard is 4-0 this season against Massachusetts teams, having defeated MIT, Holy Cross, BU and BC.
Night and Day
Harvard owns a 7-1 record in night games and a 5-0 mark in day contests in 2011-12.
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 250th career coaching victory Dec. 4, 2011 against Seattle at Lavietes Pavilion. Amaker has guided Harvard to its national ranking, as the Crimson was rated No. 25 in the AP poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches ranking Dec. 5, 2011. Amaker also led the Crimson 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 2010-11.
He brings a 254-191 (.571) career head coaching record into today's game, including a 78-52 (.600) mark at Harvard, a 108-84 (.563) record at Michigan and a 68-55 (.553) record at Seton Hall.
With 19 blocks this season, Keith Wright now ranks second in program history with 125 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.
Kyle Casey has rejected 71 blocks in his career, including 16 this season, ranking him seventh in program history in rejections.
Oliver McNally has played in 100 games during his Harvard career. McNally is just 15 games shy of tying Jeremy Lin '10 for the most games played in Harvard history (115).
- Ivy League Co-Player of the Week (Dec. 12)
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Jan. 2)
- Candidate for Bob Cousy Award
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Nov. 14, Dec. 5)
- Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 5)
- Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament MVP
- Ivy League Player of the Week (Nov. 28).
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Nov. 21, Dec. 26)
Harvard's duo of Oliver McNally and Brandyn Curry has combined to hand out 107 assists, while only committing 46 turnovers between them (2.3 assist/turnover ratio).
Making The Most Of It
Oliver McNally went 7-of-7 at the foul line at Holy Cross and shot 6-of-6 at Loyola Marymount and is shooting 87.2 percent from the line this season (34-of-39). Christian Webster is Harvard's career leader in free-throw shooting, making 88.7 percent of his attempts (173-of-195) over his first three seasons, while McNally is fourth in team history at 85.4 percent (240-of-281). Over the last three games, Brandyn Curry has hit 15-of-16 free-throw attempts (.938).
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 74.2 percent from the line this season.
Harvard and Amaker Against Fordham
The Crimson is 1-0 against Fordham under head coach Tommy Amaker, with the win coming last season at Lavietes Pavilion, 80-57, Dec. 1, 2010.
Keith Wright stands second in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage, hitting 56.0 percent of his attempts this season (61-of-109).
Entering the week, the Crimson ranked first in the Ivy League in defense (55.4 points allowed per game) and third in scoring offense (67.2 points per contest). Harvard was also first in scoring margin (+11.8). The Crimson also paced the league in shooting percentage (.462), foul shooting (.742), 3-point shooting (.379), rebounding defense (28.6) and blocked shots per game (4.7).