Men's Basketball Set to Welcome Colorado at Lavietes Sunday
Sophomore Kyle Casey, last season's Ivy League Rookie of the Year, made his season-debut in the Crimson's win at Bryant Wednesday (Mitchell Layton).
Harvard carries a three-game win streak into a key non-conference matchup against Big 12 opponent Colorado, which owns a 2-2 record, Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Lavietes Pavilion.
The Buffaloes have won the only two previous meetings with the Crimson and took the last game between the schools, 70-57, during the 2008-09 season in Colorado. Keith Wright netted 18 points and had six rebounds, while Jeremy Lin '10 contributed 11 points, four assists and four rebounds in that loss for Harvard.
Last Time Out
Christian Webster, who was last week's Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, drilled a three-pointer with 23 seconds remaining to propel Harvard to a 69-66 victory at Bryant Wednesday afternoon. Keith Wright had his second double-double of the season, scoring a career-high 24 points and collecting 10 rebounds in the process. Brandyn Curry contributed 14 points, while Oliver McNally made five steals for the Crimson in the team's third straight victory.
Colorado's Last Time Out
The Buffaloes snapped a two-game losing streak by downing Alcorn State, 91-51, Tuesday in Boulder, Colo. Colorado buried 7-of-17 three pointers (.412) in the game, while owning a 24-2 edge in fastbreak points and a 44-22 edge in points in the paint. Alec Burks led all scorers with a 22-point effort, while Cory Higgins had 16 points and six rebounds and Marcus Relphorde contributed 15 points and five boards.
Harvard has yet to defeat a team from the Big 12 and is 0-11 against schools currently in the conference.
Spreading It Around From Long Range
At least one Harvard player has made at least two three pointers in all three games this season. In the win at Bryant, Christian Webster and Laurent Rivard each netted two three-pointers. The Crimson has hit 27 shots from long range on the season.
Harvard has won 38 of its last 61 games (.623) dating back to the start of the 2008-09 season. With the hot streak, the Crimson has improved to 46-45 under head coach Tommy Amaker, marking the first time Harvard has a winning record under coach Amaker.
Back In Play
Sophomore Kyle Casey, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, saw action for the first time this season in the Crimson's victory at Bryant. Casey, who missed the first three games because of a foot injury, scored five points in only 14 minutes of action against the Bulldogs.
Casey averaged 10.4 points per game as a freshman last season and was named to every publication's preseason All-Ivy League team this year.
Harvard Against the BCS
The Crimson will play four teams from BCS conferences this season: Colorado (Big XII), Michigan (Big Ten), Connecticut (Big East) and Boston College (ACC). Harvard was 1-2 against BCS teams last year, defeating Boston College, but falling at Georgetown and Connecticut. The Crimson owns a 3-5 record against BCS conference schools under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Keith Wright has made 25-of-34 shots from the floor this season for a shooting percentage of .735. Wright, who is a 54 percent shooter for his career, entered the week ranked tied for 13th in the nation in shooting percentage.
With his 29-point performance in Harvard's win at Mercer Saturday, Christian Webster was honored as Harvard's second Ivy League Player of the Week already this season. Webster, who shared the honor with Yale's Austin Morgan, averaged 20.5 points per game last week and helped the Crimson post a 2-0 record. He shot 7-of-11 against Mercer and made 12 three throws, while adding 12 points in the Crimson's home victory over Holy Cross Nov. 17.
Keith Wright was tabbed the conference Player of the Week Nov. 15, as Harvard has earned the first two weekly awards.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 64-15 when leading at halftime and 18-68 when trailing a game at the break. The Crimson stands 2-0 when leading at the half this year and came back from a one-point deficit at halftime against Bryant Nov. 24.
Keith Wright........ Ivy Player of the Week (Nov. 15)
Christian Webster.............. Ivy Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 22)
Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) begins his fourth 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. Amaker guided Harvard to its first postseason appearance since 1946, as the Crimson competed in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last season.
He brings a 223-183 career head coaching record into today's game, including a 109-83 record at Michigan at a 68-55 record at Seton Hall. Amaker is 46-45 at the helm of the Crimson.
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.
Harvard set a modern day record for consecutive home wins with 10 spanning from the 2008-09 season to 2009-10, including a program record nine straight wins against Division I teams. The Crimson is currently riding a four-game winning streak at Lavietes Pavilion.
Oliver McNally hit the 400-point mark at Bryant Nov. 24, and needs 99 more points to reach the 500 plateau.
Keith Wright needs one basket to reach 200 in his career and is 28 points away from scoring 500. Wright also has 277 rebounds, just 23 away from grabbing 300.
Kyle Casey needs eight field goals for 100 in his career.
Brandyn Curry surpassed the 250-point mark and 100-rebound mark at Bryant Nov. 24 and needs just 31 assists for 150.
Christian Webster has grabbed 90 rebounds in his career, just 10 shy of 100 and is three field goals away from making 100 baskets.
Winning By Effort
The Crimson has scored 37 points on second-chance opportunities this season.
Keith Wright's 22-point, 16-rebound performance at George Mason Nov. 13, was Harvard's first double-double of the season. Brandyn Curry followed with the first double-double of his career against Holy Cross Nov. 17, as he handed out 12 assists and scored 10 points in 36 minutes. Wright added another double-double at Bryant Nov. 24, scoring a career-best 24 points and collected 10 rebounds.
Former Harvard guard and three-time All-Ivy League honoree Jeremy Lin '10 signed a professional contract with the Golden State Warriors in July.
With his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Clippers Oct. 29, 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 joins 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. Lin, who has seen action in eight games, is averaging 2.8 points, 1.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game during his rookie season with Golden State.
Give Me The Ball
Harvard has outrebounded three of its four opponents this season, owning a 142-119 advantage on the boards overall. Keith Wright paces the Crimson with 8.8 rebounds per game and has 11 offensive boards to his credit, while Brandyn Curry and Christian Webster have collected nine offensive rebounds apiece.
Led by Keith Wright's 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, the junior class is averaging 27.4 points and 14.6 boards per contest. Wright paces Harvard with 35 rebounds overall.
The Start of Ivy League Play
Keeping with tradition, Harvard will tip off Ivy League play against Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., Jan. 8, 2011.
Harvard's sophomore class has combined for 33.6 points per night and has 33 of the Crimson's 58 assists on the season. Christian Webster is second on the team with 15.3 points per game, while Brandyn Curry is scoring 11.0 points per contest.
Give Me That
Oliver McNally made a career-high five steals in the Crimson's win at Mercer Nov. 20. McNally and Brandyn Curry pace the team in steals each, while Harvard has 29 steals as a team this season. The Crimson paces the Ancient Eight with 7.3 steals per contest.
Brandyn Curry handed out a career-high 12 assists in Harvard's 72-49 victory over Holy Cross Nov. 17. Curry leads the Crimson with 26 assists this season, 6.5 per game.
Harvard is one of just three schools nationally (Navy, Cal) to rank in the top 70 nationally in free throw percentage in each of the last five years. The Crimson entered the week 46th in the nation in free throw percentage, while Navy and Cal were not ranked in the top 100.
Seven Harvard players are shooting at least 75 percent from the line this season, led by Oliver McNally and Laurent Rivard who are at 83 percent clips.
A Harvard player has led his team in scoring while establishing a new career-high in points in three of Harvard's first four games this season. Keith Wright tied a career-best with 22 points at George Mason Nov. 13, and Christian Webster netted 29 points in Harvard's victory at Mercer No. 20. Wright then upped his career-best to 24 in the Crimson's win at Bryant Nov. 24.
Harvard players hail from eight different states (California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia), Washington, D.C., and one Canadian province (Quebec).
Three players on the Crimson roster call Massachusetts home: sophomores Kyle Casey (Medway)and Andrew Van Nest (Weston) and freshman Tom Hamel (Methuen).
Welcome To The Show
Freshman Ugo Okam is second on the team with five blocks this season and is averaging 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Classmate Laurent Rivard has made six three-point attempts and is averaging 6.8 points in 22.5 minutes per game. Ernest Rouse has six points at Mercer Nov. 20, and is averaging 2.3 points per contest, while shooting 2-of-4 from the floor (.500).
In a homecoming game for sophomore Christian Webster, the Crimson will travel to the Washington, D.C. area twice this season. Harvard played at George Mason Nov. 13, and returns to face George Washington Jan. 15.
Fountain of Youth
The Crimson has just three upperclassmen on the roster this year – all of them juniors. Five sophomores as well as six freshmen join the juniors to make up the team that has no seniors.
Harvard is the only school in the Ivy League with no seniors this season.
Defense Wins Games
Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring defense, allowing the opposition only 62.5 points per game this season. The Crimson also paces the Ancient Eight in scoring margin (+4.8).
Keith Wright set a new career-high with 16 rebounds and tied a career-best with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting at George Mason Nov. 13. Wright grabbed 10 defensive boards and six offensive rebounds, while also making three steals and blocking two shots in the season opener. Wright earned his second double-double of the season (24 points, 10 rebounds) in Harvard's win at Bryant Nov. 24.
Getting It Done At Home
The Crimson is looking to continue its stretch of success at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard is 1-0 at home this season and has won its last six home openers, dating back to 2005-06. The Crimson is also riding an nine-game win streak against non-conference opponents at Lavietes.
After losing All-Ivy and All-America guard Jeremy Lin to graduation and the professional ranks, Harvard was picked to finish second in the Ivy League preseason media poll released Oct. 27. Harvard was picked to finish fourth in last year's preseason poll and placed third at the end of the season with a 10-4 conference mark.
Princeton was picked to win the league and received 12 first-place votes, while Harvard garnered four and Cornell one.
2010-11 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll
1. Princeton– 128 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Harvard – 120 (4)
3. Cornell – 96 (1)
4. Penn – 86
5. Yale – 57
6. Brown – 55
7. Columbia – 48
8. Dartmouth – 19
Home For The Holidays
After visiting Connecticut Dec. 22, Harvard will welcome Monmouth (Dec. 29) and MIT (Dec. 31) to Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard owns a 2-0 record this season when scoring 70 or more points and is 0-1 when scoring less than that.
Harvard has used the same five starters in its first four games this season: Keith Wright, Christian Webster, Oliver McNally, Brandyn Curry and Jeff Georgatos.
Shoot to Kill
Harvard was 12-0 last season when shooting better than 50 percent from the field and is 1-0 this year when shooting that well from the floor. The Crimson is 2-1 when making less than 50 percent of its shots.
The Crimson is 1-0 during evening games and 2-1 during afternoon contests this year.
Around The Ivy League
In other Ancient Eight action Sunday, Columbia visits American and Princeton plays host to Siena.
Let's Get It Started
The Crimson is 63-37 all time in season openers, including 12-4 since the 1993-94 season.
Harvard has grabbed 43 offensive rebounds this season and has scored 37 second-chance points.
Freshman Matt Brown is also a wide receiver on the Harvard football team. Brown has made eight receptions for 85 yards in four games this fall, helping the Crimson to a 7-3 overall record and 5-2 mark in the Ancient Eight.
Oh Captain, My Captains
This is the second season since 1991-92 that Harvard has elected more than one captain for the men's basketball team. Juniors Oliver McNally and Keith Wright are the 111th and 112th captains in program history.
Keith Wright, who blocked three shots in Harvard's win at Bryant Nov. 24, leads the Crimson in rejections with seven and is tied atop the Ivy League with 1.8 blocks per game. Ugo Okam swatted away three shots against Holy Cross Nov. 17 and ranks second on the Crimson with five blocks.
Harvard leads the Ivy League with 18 blocked shots and 4.5 rejections per game.
Harvard enjoyed a seven-game winning streak last season. Harvard's last seven-game streak came back in 1995-96. Its last eight-game streak came in 1984-85. The Crimson is currently on a three-game victory streak.
Getting It Done Everywhere
Brandyn Curry leads Harvard with 26 assists, is second with 25 rebounds and is third with 11.0 points per game. Curry's 6.5 assists per game leads the Ivy League.
State of Massachusetts
Harvard plays five teams from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this season: Holy Cross Nov. 17, WPI Dec. 7, Boston University, Dec. 11, MIT Dec. 31 and Boston College Jan. 5. Harvard is 1-0 against teams from Massachusetts after beating Holy Cross.
We Are Even
The Crimson is scheduled to have 14 home games, as well as 14 road contest this season.
Last season, Harvard shot 60 percentage points higher than its opposition (.479 to .419). So far this year, Harvard is outshooting its opposition, but by a smaller percentage (.450 to .442).
Harvard won nine games last season by at least 20 points. The last time Harvard had that many blowout victories came back in 1945-46. The Crimson has one 20-point victory this year, beating Holy Cross, 72-49, Nov. 17, which is the largest margin of victory for Harvard in the all-time series against the Crusaders.
Five Seconds and Counting
Brandyn Curry caused two five-second violations on opponents in the Crimson's 72-49 win over Holy Cross Nov. 17.
The Doctor Is In
Boston Celtics head coach "Doc" Rivers is a frequent visitor to Lavietes Pavilion and was the first guest at Tommy Amaker's annual coaches clinic, held during the last week of October each year. Last fall, Doug Collins attended the clinic, while current Celtics assistant coach and former head coach of the New Jersey Nets Lawrence Frank was this year's guest for the event, which was also opened to Harvard students.
In The Paint
Harvard scored more points in the paint than its opponents in 21 of 29 games during the 2009-10 campaign. The Crimson has 82 points in the paint this season, but has not had a single-game advantage over an opponent through four games. Both Harvard and Bryant had 26 points in the pain in the Crimson's 69-66 win Nov. 24.
Don't Call It A Comeback
Harvard overcame a three-point deficit in the second half on the road at Mercer Nov. 20, winning 75-69. The Crimson also downed Bryant, 69-66, after trailing by one at the half and by as much as four points late in the second half.
The Crimson has earned victories over teams from the Patriot League, Atlantic Sun and Northeast Conference this season. Harvard defeated teams from 10 different conferences during the 2009-10 season.