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Harvard Men's Basketball Hosts Princeton, Penn in Final Home Weekend; Saturday's Game to be Shown Live on ESPN3

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Andrew Van Nest, Oliver McNally and Keith Wright will be honored on a pre-game Senior Day ceremony prior to Saturday night's contest against Penn (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
Harvard (23-3, 9-1 Ivy) sits in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League and will host Princeton (15-10, 6-3 Ivy) Friday evening before closing out its home schedule against Penn (15-11, 7-2) Saturday on Senior Night.

The Crimson is off to the best start of an Ivy League school since Princeton in 1997-98 (25-1). Harvard's 23-3 overall start is the best start in program history and ties the program record for wins in a season (23-7 in 2010-11). The Crimson is also off to a 9-1 Ivy League start for the second consecutive season. With four games remaining, Harvard owns a one-game lead over Penn in the standings and two wins this weekend would clinch at least a share of the Crimson's second straight Ivy League title.
 
Game Coverage
Live video
will be available for Friday's game with a subscription at GoCrimson.com. WHRB's Charlie Hobbs and James Yoon will have the audio call on GoCrimson.com. Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
 
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com. Dave Weekley and John Celestand will have the call on ESPN3 Saturday night.
 
Around the Ivy League
In other Ancient Eight contests this evening, Penn visits Dartmouth, Yale hosts Columbia and Brown welcomes Cornell to Providence, R.I.
 
Series History Against Princeton
Harvard and Princeton have played 167 times, with the Tigers owning a 128-39 advantage in the series that dates back to 1900-01. Dating back to 2007-08, Harvard is 2-8 against Princeton, with both victories occurring in Cambridge.The Tigers topped the Crimson, 70-62, two weeks ago in Princeton, N.J., on Feb. 11.
 
Harvard's Last Time Out
Brandyn Curry tallied a season-high 18 points as the Crimson completed the season sweep of Yale, topping the Bulldogs, 66-51, Feb. 18. Curry hit 6-of-9 shots from the field, while Keith Wright added 10 points and eight boards. Wright also tied Brian Cusworth '07 for the most career blocks in team history with 147. The Crimson shot 54.3 percent from the field and was 5-of-10 from beyond the arc (.500).
 
Princeton's Last Time Out
Four players reached double figures in scoring, as the Tigers held off Cornell, 75-57, Feb. 18. T.J. Bray led the way with 16 points, while Patrick Saunders (14), Ian Hummer (13) and Douglas Davis (11) also scored in double digits. The Tigers assisted on 20 baskets and made 29-of-52 shots in the game (.558).
 
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 27-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 second longest current streak in the NCAA. Kentucky is enjoying the longest current streak with 50 straight home wins.
 
Nation's Current Longest Home Win Streaks
Through (Feb. 19)
Kentucky      50
Harvard      27
Long Island 23
Oral Roberts 23
Syracuse       20 

On The Line: "Statement Week"
As part of Black History Month, Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker has teamed up with ON THE LINE to raise awareness of prostate cancer in African American men. Coach Amaker and coaches across the country are raising awareness to make a statement for men's health.

During Statement Week, nearly 100 African American NCAA Division 1 men's basketball coaches will show their support and raise awareness of prostate cancer by wearing a bow tie or ON THE LINE button during their games. Partnering with such an impressive and extensive team of coaches will create an unprecedented level of prostate cancer awareness across America not only in the NCAA arenas, but in the homes of the millions of Americans that will be tuning in to watch their favorite teams
 
Help Coach Amaker make a statement for men's health. Visit OnTheLine.com to learn more about prostate cancer.

 

Best Ivy Start
Harvard began conference play with a 7-0 start  for the first time in program history. The Crimson is 9-1 in the Ivy League for the second straight season. Harvard began Ancient Eight play 10-1 last season, a program-best. The Crimson has won its last 15 consecutive home games against Ivy League opponents.

Harvard Against The Ivy League
Over the last two seasons, the Crimson boasts a 21-4 (.840) against Ivy League opponents. During that stretch, the Crimson is 9-3 (.750) against Ancient Eight opponents on the road and 12-0 at home (1.000). This season, Harvard is 9-1 in conference games, having swept Dartmouth,  Brown and Yale and defeated Penn in road contests and downed Cornell and Columbia at home. The Crimson's lone conference loss came at Princeton.
 
Back To 20
For the third straight year and the third time in program history, Harvard has won 20 games in a season, boasting a 23-3 overall mark this season. The Crimson went 21-8 in 2009-10 and posted a 23-7 overall mark last season. Harvard's 23 victories ties its program record.
 
Stepping Up On D
The Crimson is allowing only 53.6 points per game this season, good for third in the nation in scoring defense. Wisconsin paces the nation, surrendering only 51.0 points per contest, while Virginia sits second (51.9 points allowed per game)Harvard has only allowed 70 points twice and surrendered 50 or less points in 11 games and less than 40 points twice.
 
Free-Throw Defense
Entering the weekend, Harvard was eighth in the nation in free throw shooting defense, as opponents are only making 64.4 percent of attempts (250-of-388). Coppin State leads the nation (.619).
 
Rejection List
With 41 blocks this season, Keith Wright now ranks tied for first in program history with 147 rejections with Brian Cusworth '07. 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 86 blocks in his career, including 31 this season, ranking him fifth in program history in rejections.
 
Handing Out Dishes
Brandyn Curry has handed out 402 assists in his career, ranking the junior sixth in program history. Curry needs four more helpers to tie Jeremy Lin '10 (406) for fifth in the Harvard record books.
 
On The Big Screen
The Crimson will play at least eight games on national or regional television this season.
 
Harvard is 5-2 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) and at Princeton (ESPNU).
 
Coming Down With It
With his 10-rebound performance against Brown Feb. 17, Keith Wright now has 24 double digit rebound games in his career. Wright also has five double-doubles this season and has led Harvard in rebounding in 21 of 26 contests. Wright stands sixth in program history with 704 career rebounds. Harvard has outrebounded 14 of its last 16 opponents.
 
Hitting Baskets
Keith Wright stands tied for first in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage, hitting 59.8 percent of his attempts this season (119-of-199).
 
RPI Watch
Harvard currently sits at No. 31 in the RPI, according to collegerpi.com. The Crimson earned the highest ranking in program history, No. 14, Dec. 2, 2011.
 
Casting Ballots
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. On Jan. 2, Harvard was No. 21 in the coaches poll and No. 22 in the AP poll, the highest rankings in program history. The Crimson matched the No. 21 ranking in the coaches poll Feb. 6.
 
Harvard is the only Ivy League team to have received at least one vote in a major national poll this season. The Crimson appeared in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll eight straight weeks: Dec. 19-Feb. 6.

Harvard As a Ranked Team
The Crimson is 12-3 as a ranked team in program history with wins this season over Boston University, Florida Atlantic, Boston College, Saint Joseph's, Dartmouth (twice), Monmouth, George Washington, Yale, Brown, Cornell and Columbia. Harvard is 6-0 at home as a ranked squad, while boasting a 6-3 record on the road when ranked nationally.

Protecting The Ball
Entering the week, Brandyn Curry ranked first in the Ivy League and tied for 26th in the country in assist/turnover ratio (2.7).

Double-Double Show
Keith Wright leads the Crimson with five double-doubles (at Holy Cross Nov. 15, Florida Atlantic Dec. 22, at Monmouth Jan. 10, at Princeton Feb. 11 and Brown Feb. 17), while Kyle Casey (Saint Joseph's Dec. 31) and Jonah Travis (Seattle Dec. 4) have recorded one apiece this year. Wright has amassed 17 double-doubles over the course of his career in Cambridge.

Harvard and Amaker Against Princeton and Penn
The Crimson boasts a 2-8 mark against Princeton under coach Amaker. The Tigers have won seven of the last eight meetings between the schools, including a 70-62 decision in Princeton, N.J. Feb. 11.

The Crimson is 7-2 against Penn under head coach Tommy Amaker. Harvard has swept the Quakers in each of the last two seasons and has won six straight against Penn, a program record.
 
Iron Horse
Oliver McNally has played in 113 games during his Harvard career, putting him tied for second in program history with Drew Houseman '09. McNally is just two games shy of tying Jeremy Lin '10 for the most games played in Harvard history (115). Keith Wright has played in 104 games, placing him tied for 10th in program history.
 
Sold Out Lavietes
Harvard has had eight sellout crowds at Lavietes Pavilion already this season (MIT, Saint Joseph's, Dartmouth, George Washington, Cornell, Columbia, Brown and Yale). In addition, the upcoming games against Princeton and Penn are all sold out. The Crimson is going to sell out 10 of its 12 home games this season, a program record.
 
Defense Wins Games
The Crimson enters the week third in the country in scoring defense (53.6 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 also surrendered 38 or less points in two straight games (Jan. 21-27) for the first time since 1946-47. Harvard has only allowed more than 60 points in eight of 26 games this year and has held opponents to less than 60 points in eight of the last 10 contests.
 
Road Warriors
The Crimson, which currently owns a 13-3 record in road/neutral sites, will play a total of 18 road/neutral games this winter. Harvard's 13 road/neutral sites wins this year is a new program record, surpassing 10 victories during the 2009-10 campaign. The Crimson is 10-3 on the road and 3-0 in neutral sites in 2011-12.
 
LinSanity: Harvard In The NBA
Former Harvard guard and three-time All-Ivy League honoree Jeremy Lin '10 has made quite an impact this season as a member of the New York Knicks. Lin, who was named to the NBA's Rising Stars Game (Feb. 24), is averaging 13.5 points per game and 5.1 assists per contest in 17 games with the New York Knicks this season. Lin tallied a career-high 38 points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers Feb. 10, 2012.
 
With his NBA debut for the Golden State Warriors against the Los Angeles Clippers Oct. 29, 2010, Lin became the first Ivy League player 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 with Golden State, Lin played in 29 games, averaging 2.6 points per game and 1.4 assists per contest.