Men's Basketball Hosts Brown & Yale In Pivotal Weekend Series

Men's Basketball Hosts Brown & Yale In Pivotal Weekend Series

The Particulars
Harvard is eying history this weekend as the Crimson hosts Brown and Yale in its final Ivy League home games of the season. The Crimson can surpass the program record for victories in a season with two wins - a record (19) that was set in the 1945-46 season.

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Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) begins his third season as head coach of the Harvard men's basketball team. He registered his 200th career coaching victory Nov. 13 in the 2009-10 season opener at Holy Cross.

He brings a 217-180 career head coaching record into the game, 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.

The Seniors
On Saturday, Harvard will recognize its senior class - Jeremy Lin, Doug Miller, Pat Magnarelli and Dan McGeary - prior to tipoff.

The Race
Cornell sits comfortably in first place in the Ivy League at 9-1 compared to a 7-2 record for Princeton and a 7-3 mark for the Crimson. The Tigers and Crimson are still alive in the race however, and all three teams are playing for bids to a postseason tournament. A postseason berth would be Harvard's first since 1945-46 when it went to the NCAA Tournament. 

Jeremy Lin for Bob Cousy Award
Jeremy Lin is one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard. Fan voting is open until March 5.

Jeremy Lin Finalist for John R. Wooden Award
Jeremy Lin is one of 20 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award which goes to the national player of the year.

Jeremy Lin Invited To Portsmouth Invitational
Jeremy Lin will play at the Portsmouth Invitational (Va.) in April. Lin is the first Harvard player invited to the four-day tournament since Brian Cusworth '07-08.

The Yale Series
Yale leads the series by a count of 112-67 although Harvard has taken each of the past two meetings including three weeks ago in New Haven, Conn.

The Last Meeting With Yale
With Harvard missing three frontcourt players and with guards Jeremy Lin and Oliver McNally having fouled out, Tommy Amaker's freshmen scored 14 of Harvard's 16 overtime points with 11 coming at the free throw line (12 attempts) as Harvard carefully managed the clock in an 82-79 win at Yale.

Brandyn Curry did not miss a shot all night, going 5-of-5 from the floor, 2-of-2 from deep and 3-of-3 at the line for a career-high 15 points to go with five boards and four assists. Christian Webster scored all 12 of his points after the break and hit a trio of clutch triples. Kyle Casey battled for 41 minutes and finished with 20 points (7-8 FT) and seven rebounds while Dee Giger provided perhaps the most important two-minute stretch of the year for Harvard, hitting a 3-pointer from the corner with 26 seconds left in regulation and connecting on three free throws in OT to win it.

In all, Harvard's freshmen provided 53 points. The team also committed just 10 turnovers with dishing out 17 assists.

Yale's Alex Zampier provided a game-high 32 points (14-15 FT) on a series of impressive fade-aways but the Crimson's league-leading 3-point defense was also on display, limiting him to 2-of-11 from long range and the Bulldogs a 5-of-19 team mark.

The Brown Series
In a series that dates back to 1900-01 Harvard holds an 87-74 edge versus Brown in head-to-head competition. Harvard defeated Brown three weeks ago in providence, R.I.

The Last Meeting With Brown
It was a career-high for Harvard's youngsters as Kyle Casey tied his best scoring effort of the year with 27 points while Christian Webster set a new high with 16 points in an 81-67 win.

Casey was electric, shooting 8-for-9 from the floor, 3-of-3 from deep and 8-of-9 from the free throw line while adding nine rebounds in 32 minutes. Webster was impressive in 23 minutes off the bench with 6-of-10 shooting (3-6 3-point) and a big traditional 3-point play as Harvard came back from a second half deficit to take control. Harvard has come from behind to win 14 times this season.

Trailing by three at the break, Brown scored seven straight to start the second half in claiming a six-point lead but a 3-point play from Webster and a crisp baseline reverse stick by Jeremy Lin made it 57-49 in favor of Harvard at the 11:12. At that point, the Crimson would pull away in an impressive performance.

Season Sweeps
With its wins Saturday against Columbia, Harvard moved within one victory of its program records of 19 set back in 1945-46.

The win gave Harvard its first season sweep of Columbia since 2005-06 and also marked the first time the program has swept multiple Ivy teams since 05-06 (Dartmouth, Columbia).

This weekend, Harvard will be vying for its first season-sweeps of both Yale and Brown since winning all four games against the pair in 1998-99.

The last time Harvard swept three or more season series came back in 1996-97 (Columbia, Cornell, Yale, Brown).

Sharp Shooter
Oliver McNally surpassed his career-high for points in just 13 minutes of the first half against Columbia on Saturday with 20 of his 23 points scored in the first half.

He finished the weekend shooting 77 percent from the floor and 71 percent from long range in averaging 15.5 points in just 20.0 minutes per game.

Hot Shots
Harvard's win against Columbia saw the Crimson shoot 50 percent for the game for the 11th time this season. The Crimson is 11-0 when reaching that lofty mark. 

Halftime Lead
Harvard is 16-0 this season when leading at the half.

Complete Game Notes
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