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Harvard Men's Basketball Returns to Lavietes, Hosts Seattle Sunday

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Kyle Casey and the Crimson have won 18 straight home games (Kerzner International/Issac Baldizon).

The Particulars
After winning six straight games away from home, Harvard returns to Lavietes to host Seattle Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Crimson sits at 7-0 on the year, marking the best start for Harvard since 1984-85 and the best start for an Ivy team since Princeton started 7-0 in 1997-98. The Redhawks enter the game 2-3.

Game Coverage
A video stream will be available for a subscription will be available at GoCrimson.com. WHRB's Scott Reed and James Yoon will have the call. Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.

Teacher Appreciation Night
All Massachusetts teachers with valid proof of I.D. (Massachusetts Teacher Association card or Boston Teachers Union card acceptable) receive FREE admission! Contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 617-495-2211 or show your I.D. at the door.

Series History
Harvard and Seattle have only met once, a 92-71 win for the Crimson on the road during the 2009-10 season.  On Jan. 2, 2010, Jeremy Lin '10 led Harvard with 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting, while Kyle Casey (19 points), Keith Wright (16) and Christian Webster (12) also reached double figures for the Crimson in a 92-71 victory for the Crimson against the Redhawks in Seattle, Wash.

Last Time Out
In Harvard's 55-48 win at Vermont Thursday, Keith Wright led Harvard with 13 points and eight rebounds. Laurent Rivard came off the bench and scored 12 points, making all four of his foul shots. Brandyn Curry dished out a season-high seven assists. Harvard shot 50 percent from the floor as a team.

Seattle's Last Time Out
The Redhawks fell at home to Stanford, 72-49, Thursday evening. Against the Cardinal, Eric Wallace led Seattle with 12 points, while Prince Obasi shot 5-of-7 from the floor to finish with 11 points. Wallace also came down with a game-high 15 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass, as the Redhawks outrebounded Stanford, 44-36.

Casting Ballots
The Crimson is receiving 101 votes in the most recent AP poll and one in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll Nov. 28. The vote totals in the major polls represent the most in program history.

Harvard is the only Ivy League team to have received a vote in a major national poll this season.

Defense Wins Games
The Crimson enters the week ninth in the country in scoring defense (52.8 points allowed per game).

Harvard has not allowed more than 49 points in four straight games for the first time since the 1946-47 season, which was prior to the invention of the shot clock and the 3-point line.

RPI Watch
Harvard currently sits at No. 14 in the RPI, according to collegerpi.com, the highest ranking in program history. The previous high was No. 16 Nov. 27.

Unbeaten Crimson
Harvard entered the weekend as one of 19 undefeated teams remaining in the country.

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 tied for the ninth longest current streak in the NCAA. Duke is enjoying the longest current streak with 39 straight home wins.

Nation's Current Longest Home Win Streaks
Through (Nov. Dec. 1)
Duke            39
Kentucky      38
Ohio State   29
Notre Dame 24
Wisconsin    23
Temple         22
Purdue         22
UNC            20
Harvard      18
George Mason 18
Bucknell       17

Road Warriors
The Crimson, which currently owns a 6-0 record in road/neutral sites, will play a total of 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 3-0 on the road and 3-0 in neutral sites in 2011-12.

Battle 4 Atlantis
Harvard went 3-0 at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Nov. 24-26, winning the inaugural title. The Crimson downed Utah, No. 20 Florida State and Central Florida and did not allow more than 49 points in any of the three games. Keith Wright was named tournament MVP after averaging 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

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 seven games on national or regional television this season: Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 24-26 (HDNet and Versus), at Connecticut Dec. 8 (ESPN2), at Boston University Dec. 10 (NESN) at Boston College Dec. 29 (ESPN3) and at Princeton Feb. 11 (ESPNU).

Harvard is 3-0 on TV this year after earning a 75-47 win over Utah, a 46-41 victory over No. 20 Florida State and a 59-49 win over Central Florida at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

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.

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 249-190 career head coaching record into today's game, including a 73-51 mark at Harvard, a 108-84 record at Michigan and a 68-55 record at Seton Hall.

Rejection List
With 10 blocks this season, Keith Wright now ranks third in program history with 116 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.

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.

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.

Ivy League Season Honors
Laurent Rivard
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Nov. 14)
Keith Wright
- Ivy League Player of the Week (Nov. 28).
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Nov. 21)

Carrying The Flag
Harvard (6-0) is the lone unbeaten Ivy League team.

Night and Day
Harvard owns a 5-0 record in night games and a 2-0 mark in day contests in 2011-12.

Assists, No Turnovers
Harvard's duo of Oliver McNally and Brandyn Curry have combined to hand out 50 assists, while only committing 22 turnovers between them.

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 Crimson player has drained at least two 3-pointers in all seven 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 Marymount and is shooting .926 percent from the line this season (22-of-25), which ranks 13th in the country. Christian Webster is Harvard's career leader in free-throw shooting, making 88.8 percent of his attempts (169-of-190) 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 70.1 percent from the line this season.

Harvard and Amaker Against Seattle
The Crimson is 1-0 against Seattle under head coach Tommy Amaker.

Hitting Baskets
Keith Wright stands 15th in the country in field-goal percentage, hitting 65.2 percent of his attempts this season (30-of-46).

Offense, Defense
Entering the week, the Crimson ranked second in the Ancient Eight in offense (67.7 points per game) and first in defense (52.8 points allowed per game). Harvard also led in scoring margin (+14.8).

Double-Double Show
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).

Harvard Down The Stretch
The Crimson is 76.1 percent (35-of-46) from the line in the final five minutes of games this season. Harvard is also shooting 57.1 percent from long distance (5-of-7) during the last five minutes. Harvard has also only been whistled for 18 fouls in the last five minutes, while opponents have been called for 27 fouls.

Dunk Tally - 2011-12
Kyle Casey                                                  4
Keith Wright                                              4
Steve Moundou-Missi                                2
Wesley Saunders                                         2

Harvard had a season-high five dunks at Holy Cross Nov. 15.

Scoring In Bunches
Harvard is 3-0 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 190-176 advantage in points in the paint this season. The Crimson scored a season-high 46 points in the paint at Holy Cross Nov. 15.

Points Off Mistakes
The Crimson has scored 125 points off turnovers this season, while opponents have only tallied 74 points off Harvard miscues.