Crimson Men's Basketball to Meet Central Florida in Battle 4 Atlantis Championship
The Crimson is off to a 5-0 start this season (Kerzner International/Issac Baldizon).
Harvard will face Central Florida in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Crimson is coming off a 46-41 win over No. 20 Florida State, while the Knights knocked off No. 4 Connecticut, 68-63.
The game will be broadcast live on national television on Versus. Live statistics will also be available.
Harvard and Central Florida have yet to meet on the basketball court.
Harvard is 0-3 against current members of Conference USA.
Last Time Out
Oliver McNally led Harvard with nine points, while Brandyn Curry handed out five assists and made five steals as the Crimson downed No. 20 FSU Saturday. Harvard and FSU scored only 28 points in the second half, the least amount in an NCAA game since the inception of the shot clock (1986). Harvard made 17-of-24 free throws (.708), while the Seminoles were only 4-of-10 (.400).
Central Florida's Last Time Out
Keith Clanton and Marcus Jordan each tallied 20 points as the Knights topped No. 4 UConn, 68-63. Isaiah Sykes also added 10 points as UCF outscored the Huskies, 39-25, in the second half. The Knights converted 10-of-12 free throws in the second period, while UConn only went to the line five times in the half, making three.
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. All tournament games will be broadcast live on national television (Versus or HDNet).
Harvard vs. The Field at Battle 4 Atlantis
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 two 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 4-0 on the road/neutral sites in 2011-12.
Defense Wins Games
Harvard only allowed 41 points in the win over No. 20 Florida State, the lowest the Crimson has surrendered since winning at Dartmouth, 59-40, back on Jan. 6, 1996.
Harvard Against the BCS
The Crimson is scheduled to play at least four BCS opponents this season (vs. Utah at Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 24, Florida State at Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 25, at Connecticut Dec. 8 and at Boston College Dec. 29). The Crimson is 2-0 against BCS teams this season after downing Utah, 75-47, at the Battle 4 Atlantis opening round, and topping No. 20 Florida State, 46-41, in the semifinal round. Harvard was 2-3 against the BCS last year, defeating Boston College for the third straight time and downing Colorado.
Harvard owns a 7-8 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated BC three times and topped Michigan, Colorado, Utah and Florida State during Amaker's tenure. The Crimson has also defeated at least one BCS team in each of the last five seasons.
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. The Crimson picked up a second win over a top 25 team by defeating No. 20 Florida State, 46-41, Nov. 25, 2011.
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 (HDNet and Versus), at Connecticut Dec. 8 (ESPN2), at Boston College Dec. 29 (ESPN3) and at Princeton Feb. 11 (ESPNU).
Harvard is 1-0 on TV this year after earning a 75-47 win over Utah and a 46-41 victory over No. 20 Florida State at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
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.
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 248-189 career head coaching record into today's game, including a 71-51 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 seven blocks this season, Keith Wright now ranks third in program history with 113 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.
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.
Nation's Current Longest Home Win Streaks
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 (5-0) is the lone unbeaten Ivy League team.
Night and Day
Harvard owns a 4-0 record in night games and a 1-0 mark in day contests in 2011-12. The Crimson owned a 16-5 record during evening games and a 7-2 mark during afternoon contests last year.