With Ivy Title on the Line, Men's Basketball Hosts Penn, Princeton in Final Weekend

With Ivy Title on the Line, Men's Basketball Hosts Penn, Princeton in Final Weekend

The Crimson owns a 12-0 record at Lavietes Pavilion this season, marking the most home victories in a season in program history (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
Harvard, who enters Friday second in the Ivy League with a 10-2 conference record and is 21-5 overall, looks to keep pace in search of its first Ivy League title, as the Crimson hosts Penn Friday evening. Harvard has tied its program record for victories in a season (21-8 in 2009-10) and is one win shy of tying the team's mark for most Ivy wins in a season (11-3 in 1970-71). The Quakers are 12-13 and 6-5 in the Ancient Eight.

Princeton (22-5, 10-1 Ivy) visits Dartmouth (5-21, 1-11) Friday evening before facing the Crimson Saturday evening. 

Follow From Home
Live video and commentary for Friday's game will be broadcast via a subscription at GoCrimson.com. Live statistics will also be available at GoCrimson.com. WHRB.org will also carry audio of the game.

Saturday's game will be shown live on ESPN3.com. Check your local listings for availability in your area. In addition, live statistics and live audio will be available at WHRB.org and the game will be broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio 130.  For GoCrimson.com video subscribers for men's basketball, the game will be available after the game for viewing as an archived event on GoCrimson.com.

Series History
Harvard and Penn have met 159 times since the first meeting between the Ivy rivals in 1902-03. The Quakers hold the advantage in the series, 127-32, but Harvard has won the last four meetings between the schools and five of the last six overall.
Last Meeting Against The Quakers
Oliver McNally 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 of play. 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.
Last Time Out
Christian Webster shot 6-of-9 from the floor and was 7-of-7 from the foul line for a game-high 22 points, but the Crimson fell in the final seconds at Yale, 70-69. Kyle Casey (13 points, eight rebounds) and Keith Wright (12 points, eight rebounds) just missed out on double-doubles, while Harvard shot 46.2 percent from 3-point range (6-of-13).
Penn's Last Time Out
The Quakers outscored Cornell, 45-35, in the second half, but could not overcome a 12-point deficit and fell, 74-72. Miles Cartwright tallied 23 points, while Zack Rosen added 22 and Tyler Bernardini recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Cornell shot 51.9 percent from the field, while holding Penn to 42.1 percent shooting.
Ivy League Race
The Crimson heads into Friday night in second place in the Ivy League with a 10-2 conference mark, just one-half game behind Princeton's 10-1 Ivy mark. With two games to play, both at Lavietes Pavilion, Harvard can earn at least a share of its first Ancient Eight title by winning both contests. Harvard, which stands at 21-5 overall on the year, sports a 12-0 record at home this season, including a 5-0 mark against conference opponents. If Princeton wins out in its last three games, the Tigers will win the Ivy League outright.

Harvard in the NBA
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 has seen action in 22 NBA games, averaging 2.0 points, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game during his rookie season with Golden State. He scored a career-high 13 points against the Los Angeles Lakers Nov. 21, making four field goals and going 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. In an interesting twist, Lin and the Warriors visit the Boston Celtics this weekend.
20 In The Victory Column
For the second time in as many seasons and for just the second time in school history, Harvard has reached the 20-win plateau. Last season, the Crimson finished 21-8 overall and 10-4 in the Ivy League.
Harvard Down The Stretch
The Crimson is shooting 51.6 percent from the floor (64-of-124) and 37.2 percent from long distance (16-of-43) in the final five minutes of games this season. Harvard has only been called for 68 fouls in that time span, while drawing 105 fouls by opponents.
Amaker vs. The Ivy League
Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker enters the weekend with a 29-25 (.537) record against Ivy League opponents in his four years in Cambridge. Harvard is 22-6 (.786) against Ancient Eight foes since the start of the 2009-10 campaign and won four straight conference games to open this season. Harvard has also won all five Ivy home games entering Friday evening.
Starting Strong in Ivy Play
For the second straight season, Harvard swept Dartmouth to open conference play and sits at 10-2 in Ivy League action. Harvard also owns sweeps over Brown, Cornell and Columbia. Harvard's best Ivy League record occurred in 1970-71, when the team finished 11-3 in conference games. With wins in the final two games this season, Harvard could establish a new program best for conference wins in a season.
Stepping Up in Conference Action
Keith Wright is averaging nearly a double-double in conference games, scoring 16.1 points per game, while collecting 9.6 rebounds per contest. Wright is also shooting 58.0 percent from the field in Ivy League contests. Kyle Casey (13.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and Christian Webster (13.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg) are also averaging double figures. Brandyn Curry is handing out 5.4 assists per game, while scoring 9.5 per contest. Harvard is averaging 72.2 points per game as a team, while surrendering 63.8 ppg, for a +8.4 point margin.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 15-game win streak at home, a program record. The current win streak at home is the longest for Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion and is tied for the 15th longest current streak in the NCAA. Harvard has established a new record for home victories in a season with 12, surpassing last season's 11 wins at Lavietes. The 1937-38 Crimson finished the season 10-0 at home.
McNally Closing Out Games
In the last four minutes of games, McNally leads Harvard with a .750 shooting percentage. He has made all six of his eight shots in the final minutes, four of which were from beyond the arc. He is averaging 1.5 points in the last four minutes of games and is 24-of-26 from the foul line (.923).
RPI Watch
Harvard appears 44th in the most recent NCAA RPI, released Monday. The Crimson has the highest RPI in the Ivy League, six spots ahead of conference rival Princeton (50).
Scoring In Bunches
Harvard is 6-0 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, Penn, 83-82, in double overtime Feb. 5 and Brown, 85-78, Feb. 12.