Men's Basketball Returns to Lavietes, Welcomes Yale, Brown in Weekend Action
Christian Webter scored 15 points against Princeton and added 17 in the double-overtime victory at Penn last weekend (Gil Talbot).
Harvard, which is off to its second best start in program history with a 16-4 overall mark, hosts archrival Yale this evening at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson stands at 5-1 in the Ancient Eight, its conference start since the 1996-97 campaign. Yale is off to 4-2 record in Ivy games and sits at 11-9 overall entering the weekend. Harvard will host Brown (8-12, 1-5) Saturday evening.
Follow From Home
The games this weekend will be streamed online for a subscription at GoCrimson.com. As always, Chris Villani will have the call. Live statistics for the games will also be available.
Friday's matchup marks the 181st meeting between Harvard and Yale on the court. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 111-68, but the Crimson has taken the last three games between the two rivals.
Last Meeting Against The Bulldogs
On Feb. 27, 2010 at Lavietes, Jeremy Lin '10 tallied a game-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and drilled all six of his free-throw chances to lead the Crimson to a 78-58 win over the Bulldogs. Brandyn Cury hit four treys to finish with 14 points, while Kyle Casey made five baskets for 13 points in only 14 minutes of action. Harvard scored 40 points in the paint and had 26 points off Yale turnovers.
Last Time Out
Oliver McNally (VIDEO FEATURE) hit the game-winning shot with only 11.5 seconds remaining in double-overtime to lift Harvard to a crucial 83-82 victory at Penn Feb. 5. Keith Wright scored a career-best 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting and did not commit a foul in 46 minutes. Kyle Casey contributed 18 points and nine boards, while Christian Webster buried three 3-pointers to finish with 17 points. Brandyn Curry handed out seven assists and grabbed seven rebounds, helping the Crimson shoot 51.9 percent as a team for the game.
Yale's Last Time Out
The Bulldogs won their second straight game, downing Columbia, 72-67, Feb. 5. Yale had four players reach double figures in scoring, led by Greg Mangano, who scored a game-high 21 points. Austin Morgan (15 points), Porter Braswell (13) and Michael Grace all had the scoring touch, helping Yale hold off Columbia for the Bulldogs' fourth conference victory.
Ivy League Race
The Crimson heads into the weekend in second place in the Ivy League with a 5-1 conference mark, trailing only Princeton who boasts a 5-0 Ancient Eight record. With eight games to play, Harvard has four games remaining at Lavietes Pavilion and four contests left to play on the road. Yale is in third place with a 4-2 conference mark, while Penn stands fourth with a 3-2 record, with both losses coming in overtime to Harvard and Princeton.
Crimson in Overtime
With Harvard's dramatic 83-82 victory in double overtime at Penn Saturday, the Crimson has won its last three games that have gone past regulation. The Crimson held off William & Mary, 87-85, in three overtimes with Jeremy Lin's 3-point buzzer beater Nov. 15, 2009 and downed Yale, 82-79, in overtime, Feb. 12, 2010.
Harvard Down The Stretch
The Crimson is shooting 56.5 percent from the floor (52-of-92) and 45.7 percent from long distance (16-of-35) in the final five minutes of games this season. Harvard has only been called for 57 fouls in that time span, while drawing 82 fouls by opponents.
Amaker vs. The Ivy League
Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker enters the weekend with a 24-24 record against Ivy League opponents. Harvard is 17-5 against Ancient Eight foes since the start of the 2009-10 campaign and won four straight conference games to open this season.
Starting Strong in Ivy Play
For the second straight season, Harvard swept Dartmouth to open conference play and sits at 4-0 in Ivy League action after topping Columbia and Cornell Jan. 28-29. The Crimson has twice started 5-0 (1980-81 and 1990-91) in Ivy League contests, but has never started 6-0.
Harvard's best Ivy League record occurred in 1970-71, when the team finished 11-3 in conference games.
Stepping Up in Conference Action
Keith Wright is averaging nearly a double-double in conference games, scoring 17.3 points per game, while collecting 9.0 rebounds per contest. Christian Webster (13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Kyle Casey (13.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg) are also averaging double figures. Brandyn Curry is handing out 6.2 assists per game, while scoring 8.8 per contest. Harvard is averaging 71.0 points per game as a team, while surrendering 62.2 ppg, for a +8.8 point margin.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 13-game win streak at home, the most since the Crimson won 14 straight from 1946-47. The current win streak at home is the longest for Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion and is tied for the 13th current longest streak in the NCAA. Harvard has tied its best record at home, starting this year 10-0 at Lavietes. The 1937-38 Crimson finished the season 10-0 at home.
McNally Closing Out Games
In the last four minutes of games this season, McNally leads Harvard with a perfect 1.000 shooting percentage. He has made all five of his shots in the closing moments of games, four of which were from beyond the arc. He is averaging 1.9 points in the last four minutes of games to lead the team and is 22-of-24 from the foul line (.917).
Harvard appears 51st in the most recent NCAA RPI, released Monday. The Crimson has the highest RPI in the Ivy League, five spots ahead of conference rival Princeton (56).
The Crimson is undefeated this season at home (10-0), scoring 70 or more points (11-0), surrendering less than 60 points (7-0), shooting better than 35% from 3 (11-0),when recording 10 or more 3-pointers (5-0), shooting 46.6% or better from the floor (12-0), shooting under 75% from the foul line (7-0), in January (6-0) and when Kyle Casey has nine rebounds or more (5-0).
Scoring In Bunches
Harvard is 5-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points, topping Colorado, 82-66, Nov. 28, Fordham, 80-57, Dec. 1, Boston University, 87-71, Dec. 11, MIT, 84-58, Dec. 31 and Penn, 83-82, in double overtime Feb. 5.
Any Day Of The Week
Harvard is undefeated on Sunday (1-0), Tuesday (1-0). The Crimson boasts a 5-1 record on Wednesday and stands at 7-2 on Saturday.
Harvard owns a 11-0 record this season when scoring 70 or more points and is 5-4 when scoring less than that. The Crimson has allowed an opponent to score more than 70 points on only three occasions (Boston University, 71, Dec. 11, No. 4/4 Connecticut, 81, Dec. 22 and Penn, 83 in double overtime, Feb. 5).