Crimson Men's Basketball Set to Face Utah in Opening Round of Battle 4 Atlantis Thursday
Harvard is receiving three votes in the AP national poll for the second straight week (Gil Talbot).
Harvard, which has started 3-0 for the second time in the last three seasons, faces Utah (1-2) in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The game against the Utes will be broadcast live nationally on HDNet Thursday at 9:30 p.m. EST.
The game will be broadcast live on national television on HDNet. Kenny Rice, Wayne Chapman and Tom Walsh will have the call.
HDNet can be found at the following channels in the Boston area:
Comcast Xfinity Channel 783
DIRECTV Channel 306
Dish Network Channel 362
Utah won the only previous meeting against Harvard, 89-78, back in 1975-76.
Harvard is 1-19 all-time against current members of the Pac 12 conference.
Last Time Out
Laurent Rivard hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points, while Oliver McNally scored 16 points and Keith Wright chipped in with 15 points, as the Crimson knocked off Loyola Marymount on the road, 77-67. Harvard outrebounded the Lions, 41-23, and shot 15-of-18 from the foul line (.833).
Utah's Last Time Out
Josh Watkins tallied 22 points and made eight field goals, but the Utes fell at home to Montana State, 70-64. Utah hit 7-of-17 3-point attempts (.412), but committed 20 fouls and sent Montana State to the line for 25 free-throw attempts.
Battle 4 Atlantis
Joining Harvard at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament are UConn, the defending NCAA champion, Florida State, Central Florida, Utah, the College of Charleston, UMass and UNC Asheville. After opening against Utah, Harvard will either face either UMass or Florida State in the second round. All tournament games will be broadcast live on national television (Versus or HDNet).
Harvard vs. The Field at Battle 4 Atlantis
Harvard has never competed against Central Florida, Florida State or UNC Asheville. In the first round matchup, Harvard has only seen the Utes, which came during the 1975-76 season in a 78-89 loss. The Crimson trails the series against Utah, 1-0, College of Charlestson, 1-0, UConn, 14-2, and UMass, 13-7.
The three day tournament represents eight different collegiate athletic conferences: the Atlantic Coast Conference. Atlantic 10, Big East Conference, Big South Conference, Conference-USA, Ivy League, Pac 12 and the Southern Conference.
The Crimson, which plays its next four games away from home, will play 18 road/neutral games this winter. Harvard set a program record for road/neutral wins in 2009-10 with 10, and the Crimson followed up with nine road victories last season. Harvard is 2-0 on the road in 2011-12.
Harvard Against the BCS
The Crimson is scheduled to play at least three BCS opponents this season (vs. Utah at Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 24, at Connecticut Dec. 8 and at Boston College Dec. 29). Harvard could also face Florida State and UConn, a second time, at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. Harvard was 2-3 against the BCS last year, defeating Boston College for the third straight time and downing Colorado.
Harvard owns a 5-8 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated BC three times and topped Michigan and Colorado during Amaker's tenure.
Harvard Against Ranked Opponents
When Harvard played No. 4 Connecticut Dec. 22, 2010, it marked the first time the Crimson had faced a team ranked that high since Harvard fell at No. 1 Duke, 118-65, Nov. 30, 1991. Harvard earned the program's first-ever victory over a ranked opponent when the team downed No. 17 Boston College, 82-70, Jan. 7, 2009.
On The Big Screen
The Crimson will play at least six games on national or regional television this season: Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 24-26 (Versus or HDNet), at Connecticut Dec. 8 (ESPN2), at Boston College Dec. 29 (ESPN3) and at Princeton Feb. 11 (ESPNU).
Harvard was 1-5 in games on television last season, winning against Princeton, 79-67, March 5 on ESPN3, in a game that clinched a share of Harvard's first Ivy title.
For the fourth straight season and fifth time in seven years, Harvard has received at least one vote in the AP national poll. The Crimson is receiving three votes in the most recent AP poll and one in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll Nov. 21.
Kings of Massachusetts' Courts
The Crimson is currently on a 12-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71, Dec. 10, 2008, including four straight wins over Holy Cross and three against Boston College.
Harvard is 2-0 this season against Massachusetts teams, having defeated MIT and Holy Cross in the first two games of the season. The Crimson will also face Boston University and BC this season. Harvard might play UMass at the Battle 4 Atlantis, this year.
Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) is in his fifth 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 has guided Harvard to its first Ivy League title as well as the program's first appearance in the NIT. In addition, the Crimson established a program record with 23 victories in 2011-12.
He brings a 246-189 career head coaching record into today's game, including a 69-51 mark at Harvard, a 109-83 record at Michigan and a 68-55 record at Seton Hall.
Wright Among Wooden Preseason Top 50
Senior co-captain Keith Wright was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List Oct. 3. Wright, who was the only player from the Ivy League honored, garnered AP and Lou Henson All-America accolades as a junior last season.
With three blocks this season, Keith Wright now ranks fourth in program history with 109 rejections. Brian Cusworth '07 holds the Harvard record with 147 career blocks. Wright's 54 blocks last year also stand second in Harvard history for a single season. Brian Banks '78 had 59 rejections during the 1977-78 campaign.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 18-game win streak at home, a program record. The current win streak at home is the longest for Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion and is the 11th longest current streak in the NCAA. Duke is enjoying the longest current streak with 36 straight home wins.
Through (Nov. 19)
Utah State 33
Ohio State 25
Notre Dame 23
Crimson Runs Deep
With 19 players on its roster, Harvard is tied for the sixth largest team in the country, trailing only Air Force (22), Army (22), Cornell (21), Syracuse (20) and Navy (20). Montana State, Columbia and New Orleans also have 19 players.
Ivy League Season Honors
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Nov. 14)
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Nov. 21)
Through two games, Harvard (3-0) is the lone unbeaten Ivy League team.
Night and Day
Harvard owns a 3-0 record in night games in 2011-12. The Crimson owned a 16-5 record during evening games and a 7-2 mark during afternoon contests last year.
For the first time in school history, Harvard was picked to win the Ivy League in the preseason conference poll. The Crimson received 16 of 17 possible first-place votes, earning 135 points.
Harvard, which was picked second last season, received first-place votes for only the fourth time in school history (2010-11, 1989-90 and 1988-89).
2011-12 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll
1. Harvard– 135 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Yale– 103 (one first-place vote)
5. Brown– 62
6. Cornell– 52
7. Columbia– 50
8. Dartmouth– 17
Assists, No Turnovers
Harvard's duo of Oliver McNally and Brandyn Curry have combined to hand out 24 assists, while only committing eight turnovers between them (3:1).
Feeling It From Long Range
Laurent Rivard drilled a Harvard season-high five treys in the win at Loyola Marymount Nov. 19. At least one Harvard player made at least two 3-pointers in 27 of 30 games last season, and at least one Crimson player has done so in the first three games this year.
Making The Most Of It
Oliver McNally went 7-of-7 at the foul line at Holy Cross and shot 6-of-6 at Loyola Marymlunt and is shooting 1.000 percent from the line this season (13-of-13). Christian Webster is Harvard's career leader in free-throw shooting, making 88.8 percent of his attempts (167-of-188) over his first three seasons.
Last season, the Crimson ranked second in the nation as a team with an 80.8 percent success rate from the charity stripe (just behind Wisconsin's 81.8 shooting percentage). Harvard owns the NCAA record for team free-throw percentage for a season (82.2 percent in 1983-84) Harvard is currently shooting 72.2 percent from the line this season.
Harvard and Amaker Against The Field
The Crimson has never played against Utah, Florida State, Massachusetts, UNC Asheville, Central Florida or the College of Charleston under Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker. Harvard stands at 0-2 against UConn under coach Amaker.
The Crimson ranks second in the Ancient Eight in offense (75.3 points per game) and defense (60.0 points allowed per game). Harvard is also second in scoring margin (+15.3).
Keith Wright paces the Crimson with one double-double this year. Harvard players combined for 17 double-doubles last season: Keith Wright (12), Brandyn Curry (3) and Kyle Casey (2).
The Crimson is shooting 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from the floor and 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the line in the final five minutes of games this season. Harvard has also only been whistled for eight fouls in the last five minutes.
Dunk Tally - 2011-12
Kyle Casey 3
Steve Moundou-Miss 2
Keith Wright 2
Wesley Saunders 1
Harvard had a season-high five dunks at Holy Cross Nov. 15.
Scoring In Bunches
Harvard is 2-0 this season when scoring 75 or more points. The Crimson enjoyed a perfect 12-0 mark when scoring 75 or more points in 2010-11.
In The Paint
Harvard has a 102-70 advantage in points in the paint this season. The Crimson scored a season-high 46 points in the paint at Holy Cross Nov. 15.