Men's Basketball Holds First Practice of Season

Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard men's basketball team, coming off its best season in school history, held its first practice of the 2010-11 season Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson began its activities with an 11 a.m. practice.

Harvard returns nine players from last year's team, which finished 21-8 overall and 10-4 in the Ivy League.  The Crimson reached the postseason for the first time since 1946, earning a spot in the Tournament.

Head coach Tommy Amaker, who is entering his fourth season at the helm, and the Crimson have been selected to place second in the Ivy League by several publications, while sophomore Kyle Casey, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, has earned several nods to the Ancient Eight all-preseason teams by prognosticators.  Harvard also welcomes six freshmen to the fold this season, which will get underway at George Mason Saturday, Nov. 13.

Harvard will play 14 home games this year, beginning with a contest against Holy Cross Wednesday, Nov. 17.