Harvard Opens Season at Holy Cross Friday Night; Listen Live on

Harvard Opens Season at Holy Cross Friday Night; Listen Live on

Pictured: Harvard opens its season Friday night at Holy Cross.

The Particulars
Harvard opens up its 99th season of play with a road trip to Worcester, Mass. to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders Friday at 7 p.m. at the Hart Recreation Center.

Follow at Home
All Harvard home basketball games will feature live streaming audio and video. Fans can visit the Multimedia page to purchase a single game event or a season pass. The real-time broadcast includes play-by-play commentary from Chris Villani. Select road games will also be available including Friday's opener at Holy Cross.

Harvard Coop Pre-game Show (6:40 PM):
-a look at the 2009-2010 Harvard Crimson
-preview of the Holy Cross Crusaders
-interview with head coach Tommy Amaker

Coca Cola Halftime Show:
-complete first have statistics
-Part One of a Two Part Interview with Kathy Orton, author of Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League
-complete Ivy League scoreboard

Live Statistics
All Harvard home basketball games will feature live game statistics. Fans can visit the Live Stats page to follow along on their computer.

Series History
Harvard leads the all-time series, 40-21, which began in 1900-01. The teams have played every year since 1976, alternating home courts yearly.

The Last Meeting
Jeremy Lin went 9-15 from the field and added eight points from the charity stripe as he scored 30 points in Harvard's 69-59 win over Holy Cross Nov. 25, 2008 at Lavietes Pavilion.

The teams were tied going into halftime, but the Crimson used a five-point spurt by Lin to give Harvard the lead to start the second half. Max Kenyi added 13 points, including going 8-8 from the free throw line. Evan Harris scored nine for the Crimson and pulled down eight rebounds. Keith Wright led the rebounding efforts for the Crimson as he grabbed 12 on the night.

Harvard converted on 32 of 39 free throw attempts off 24 Holy Cross fouls, while limiting themselves to only 15 fouls as a team.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Harvard ended its 2008-09 campaign with a 69-59 win over Ivy League rival Yale Mar. 7, 2008 in New Haven, Conn. The Crimson led by just one at the half, but used a two-point jumper by Keith Wright to kick off the second half. Harvard shot over 58 percent in the second half, connecting on 14-24 shots.

Jeremy Lin led all scorers with 19 and became the first Harvard player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in his junior season since 1996 when Kyle Snowden '97 accomplished the feat. Drew Housman scored 15 points and finished his career with 1,228 points - good for 14th place on Crimson's all-time list.

Holy Cross' Last Time Out
The Crusaders ended the 2008-09 season with a 73-57 loss to American University in the Patriot League tournament championship game Mar.13, 2008 at Bender Arena in Washington, D.C. Freshman R.J. Evans led Holy Cross with 16 points and senior Pat Doherty added 13 points.

The Crusaders out-rebounded American, 39-33, with junior Eric Meister grabbing 12 and Evans pulled down eight of his own.

Despite shooting 70 percent in the second half, the Crusaders were unable to overcome a 20-point deficit.

Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) begins his third season as head coach of the Harvard men's basketball team. In his first two seasons, the Crimson went 22-36 overall, 9-19 in Ivy League play. He brings a 199-174 career head coaching record into tonight's season opener, including a 109-83 record at Michigan at a 68-55 record at Seton Hall.

Amaker came to Harvard after a six year stint as Michigan's head coach. Inheriting a program that was reeling from institutional and NCAA sanctions, he led the Wolverines to the postseason three times, winning the 2004 NIT title, reaching the championship game of the 2006 NIT, and advancing to the second round of the 2007 tournament. The 2006-07 season was Michigan's second straight 20-win campaign and its third in four years. The Wolverines were ranked as high as No. 20 in the nation during the 2005-06 season.

Complete Game Notes
For complete games notes in PDF format, click on the link at the beginning of this page.