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No. 25 Harvard Men's Basketball Heads to Monmouth for Non-Conference Game Tuesday

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Jonah Travis and No. 25 Harvard are 13-2 overall on the season (Kevin Burns).

The Particulars
No. 25 Harvard (13-2) plays its final non-conference road game of the regular season, as the Crimson travels to face Monmouth (3-13) Tuesday evening.

Game Coverage
Live video
will be available with a subscription at GoMUHawks.com. WHRB's Charlie Hobbs will have the audio call on GoCrimson.com. Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
 
Series History
Harvard and Monmouth have only met once, a 74-69 win for the Crimson last season at Lavietes Pavilion on Dec. 29, 2010. In that victory, five Harvard players reached double digits in scoring, led by Laurent Rivard (18 points). Brandyn Curry dished out eight assists, and Harvard made 28-of-35 foul shot attempts (.800).
 
Harvard's Last Time Out
The Crimson opened Ivy League play with a 63-47 win over Dartmouth. Harvard, which trailed by as much as seven points in the second half to the Big Green, was led offensively by Oliver McNally, who scored a season-high 17 points, going 6-of-11 from the field. Brandyn Curry dished out seven assists, while Kyle Casey and Keith Wright each scored 10 points in the victory.
 
Monmouth's Last Time Out
In the loss to Wagner, Jesse Steele led the way for Monmouth with 20 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the field. He also dished out seven assists, while Mike Myers Keitt tallied 16 points on
5-of-7 shooting and Andrew Nicholas contributed 10 points. The Hawks shot 46.0 percent from the floor (29-of-63), but only made 58.3 percent of its free throws (14-of-24).
 
Free-Throw Defense
Entering the week, Harvard led the nation in free throw shooting defense, as opponents are only making 59.3 percent of attempts (134-of-226). Northern Arizona (59.4) sits in second and joins the Crimson as the only two teams allowing less than 60 percent shooting from the foul line this season.

Coming Down With It
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 15 contests. Wright stands 10th in program history with 602 career rebounds. Harvard has outrebounded its last six opponents.
 
Double-Double Show
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).

Non-Conference Victories
The Crimson has won 12 non-conference games this season, a program record. Harvard won 11 nonleague games in 2009-10 and again in 2010-11.

Takeaways
Entering the week, Brandyn Curry ranked 24th in the country and second in the Ivy League with 2.3 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.
 
Casting Ballots
The Crimson is ranked No. 25 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Earlier thiseason, 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. Last week, Harvard was No. 21 in the coaches poll and No. 22 in the AP poll, the highest rankings in program history.
 
Harvard is the only Ivy League team to have received at least one vote in a major national poll this season.

 

RPI Watch
Harvard currently sits at No. 50 in the RPI, according to collegerpi.com. The Crimson earned the highest ranking in program history, No. 14, Dec. 2, 2011.

Harvard As a Ranked Team
The Crimson is 5-2 as a ranked team in program history with wins this season over Boston University, Florida Atlantic, Boston College, Saint Joseph's and Dartmouth. Harvard is 3-0 at home as a ranked squad, while boasting a 2-2 record on the road when ranked nationally.
 
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 22-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 seventh longest current streak in the NCAA. Kentucky is enjoying the longest current streak with 45 straight home wins.
 
Nation's Current Longest Home Win StreaksThrough (Jan. 8)
Kentucky      45 
Duke            43
Ohio State    35
Notre Dame 28
North Carolina  27
Purdue         26
Harvard      22
Long Island  16
Oral Roberts 16

Defense Wins GamesThe Crimson enters the week eighth in the country in scoring defense (55.1 points allowed per game).

Harvard had not allowed more than 49 points in four straight games (Nov. 24-Dec. 1) for the first time since the 1946-47 season, which was prior to the invention of the shot clock and the 3-point line. The Crimson has only surrendered more than 60 points in five of 15 games this year.
 
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.
 
Night and Day
Harvard owns a 7-2 record in night games and a 6-0 mark in day contests in 2011-12.

Iron Horse
Oliver McNally has played in 102 games during his Harvard career. McNally is just 13 games shy of tying Jeremy Lin '10 for the most games played in Harvard history (115).
Harvard and Amaker Against Monmouth
The Crimson is 1-0 against Monmouth under head coach Tommy Amaker.

Hitting Baskets
Keith Wright stands second in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage, hitting 58.0 percent of his attempts this season (69-of-119).

Sold Out Lavietes
Harvard has had three sellout crowds at Lavietes Pavilion already this season (MIT, Saint Joseph's and Dartmouth). In addition, the upcoming games against George Washington, Cornell, Yale, Princeton and Penn are already sold out. The Crimson has the opportunity to have 10 of its 12 home games this season be sold out.

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).
 
Road Warriors
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 5-2 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 255-192 (.570) career head coaching record into today's game, including a 79-53 (.598) mark at Harvard, a 108-84 (.563) record at Michigan and a 68-55 (.553) record at Seton Hall.
 
Rejection List
With 22 blocks this season, Keith Wright now ranks second in program history with 128 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.

Assists, No Turnovers
Harvard's duo of Oliver McNally and Brandyn Curry has combined to hand out 126 assists, while only committing 54 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 88.8 percent of his attempts (175-of-197) over his first three seasons, while McNally is fourth in team history at 85.2 percent (242-of-284). Over the last five games, Brandyn Curry has hit 16-of-17 free-throw attempts (.941).
 
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 73.4 percent from the line this season, ranking 45th in the country.
 
Defense, Offense
Entering the week, the Crimson ranked first in the Ivy League in defense (55.1 points allowed per game) and fourth in scoring offense (66.1 points per contest). Harvard was also first in scoring margin (+10.9). The Crimson also paced the league in shooting percentage (.456), foul shooting (.734), rebounding defense (28.6) and blocked shots per game (4.4).
 
Deep Bench
Harvard has played at least 10 players in all 15 games this season, including a season-high 17 players in the win over Utah Nov. 24.