No. 21/22 Harvard Men's Basketball Opens Ivy Play, Hosts Dartmouth Saturday Afternoon
The Crimson will look to improve on its 4-0 start at home this season (Gil Talbot).
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No. 21/22 Harvard (12-2) returns home to open Ivy League play, as the Crimson will host Dartmouth (3-12) at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard boasts a 4-0 record at home this season, while the Big Green is 1-7 in road contests.
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Harvard and Dartmouth first met during the 1900-01 season. The Big Green leads the all-time series, 94-78, but the Crimson has taken the last four games between the schools, including a 59-50 win last season at Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard Against The Ivy League in 2010-11
The Crimson posted a 12-2 mark in Ivy League play last season, securing a share of the program's first conference title. Harvard went 7-0 against Ancient Eight teams at home and swept Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn during the season series a year ago.
Harvard's Last Time Out
The Crimson is looking to rebound after falling at Fordham, 60-54, Tuesday night. Brandyn Curry led Harvard with 15 points, hitting 3-of-6 3-point attempts. Keith Wright scored the 1,000th point of his career, adding eight points and 11 rebounds. Harvard only shot 36.4 percent from the field (20-of-55) and was 8-of-30 from beyond the arc (.267) in the game.
Dartmouth's Last Time Out
Dartmouth dropped a home game to Bucknell, 67-59, Tuesday night in Hanover, N.H. Three Big Green players reached double digits in scoring: Gabas Maldunas (15 points on 7-of-12 shooting), Tyler Melville (12 points) and Jabari Trotter (10 points). Maldunas also grabbed 10 rebounds to earn a double-double. The Big Green shot 21-of-51 for the game (.412), but Bucknell rejected five shots and outrebounded Dartmouth, 31-27.
Harvard As a Ranked Team
The Crimson is 4-2 as a ranked team in program history with wins this season over Boston University, Florida Atlantic, Boston College and Saint Joseph's this season. Harvard is 2-0 at home as a ranked squad, while boasting a 2-2 record on the road when ranked nationally.
Entering the weekend, Harvard ranks second in the nation in free-throw defense, as opponents had only made 58.3 percent of its foul-shot attempts (126-of-216). Northern Arizona stands first (.573). Harvard and Northern Arizona are the only two squads holding teams below 60 percenet from the foul line.
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 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 35
Notre Dame 28
North Carolina 26
Long Island 16
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. 37 in the RPI, according to collegerpi.com. The Crimson earned the highest ranking in program history, No. 14, Dec. 2, 2011.
With his 11-rebound performance at Fordham Jan. 3, Keith Wright now has 19 double digit rebound games in his career. Wright also has two double-doubles this season and has led Harvard in rebounding in 10 of 14 contests.
Entering the week, Brandyn Curry ranked 18th in the country and second in the Ivy League with 2.5 steals per game.
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 eighth in the country in scoring defense (55.4 points allowed per game).
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).
Harvard Against the BCS
The Crimson is 3-1 against BCS teams this season after Utah, then-No. 20 Florida State and Boston College. The Crimson fell at then-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.
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.
Harvard owns a 7-2 record in night games and a 5-0 mark in day contests in 2011-12.
Oliver McNally has played in 101 games during his Harvard career. McNally is just 14 games shy of tying Jeremy Lin '10 for the most games played in Harvard history (115).
On The Big Screen
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).
The Crimson, which currently owns an 8-2 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.
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 254-192 (.570) career head coaching record into today's game, including a 78-53 (.595) mark at Harvard, a 108-84 (.563) record at Michigan and a 68-55 (.553) record at Seton Hall.
With 20 blocks this season, Keith Wright now ranks second in program history with 126 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 72 blocks in his career, including 17 this season, ranking him seventh in program history in rejections.
- 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 115 assists, while only committing 52 turnovers between them (2.2 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 four 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 73.2 percent from the line this season, ranking 28th in the country.
Harvard and Amaker Against Dartmouth
The Crimson is 6-2 against Dartmouth under head coach Tommy Amaker. After splitting the first four games with Dartmouth under Amaker, the Crimson has won four straight against the Big Green.
Keith Wright stands second in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage, hitting 57.1 percent of his attempts this season (64-of-112).
Entering the week, the Crimson ranked first in the Ivy League in defense (55.7 points allowed per game) and fourth in scoring offense (66.3 points per contest). Harvard was also first in scoring margin (+10.6). The Crimson also paced the league in shooting percentage (.454), foul shooting (.732), rebounding defense (28.7) and blocked shots per game (4.5).