Men's Basketball Continues Homestand Friday Versus Howard

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Harvard vs. Howard
Friday, Nov. 15
7:00 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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Scott Sudikoff, Bill Spaulding
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The Storyline
The Harvard men's basketball team continues its three-game homestand as it hosts Howard University in Lavietes Pavilion Friday, Nov. 15 live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team opened its home schedule with a convincing 79-37 win over cross-town foe MIT on Tuesday at Lavietes Pavilion.

12 of the 13 Crimson to see minutes scored at least two points led by Wesley Saunders' 14. Zena Edosomwan chipped in 13 points with Kyle Casey adding 11 points and seven rebounds. Harvard finished the night shooting 45.5 percent (30-66) from the floor and was 15-of-21 at the line.

The bigger story for Harvard may have been its effort at the defensive end as the Crimson forced 29 MIT turnovers while registering 19 steals. The 29 turnovers forced represent a team-high under head coach Tommy Amaker, while the 19 steals are just one shy of the program's all-time record of 20. Casey, Saunders and Laurent Rivard each picked up three steals in the victory with Matt Fraschilla and Evan Cummins adding two.

Harvard scored 35 points off the MIT turnovers including 12 on the fast break. The Crimson also owned a sizeable advantage in the paint, where it outscored the Engineers, 42-16.

• Harvard has won 13 of its last 17 games dating back to 2012-13 and is 2-0 this season.

• A win on Friday versus Howard would improve the Crimson to 3-0 to start the year for a third time under head coach Tommy Amaker.

• The Crimson is 50-4 at home dating back to 2009-10 and has won 12 straight games in Lavietes Pavilion. The team's run of dominance includes a program record 28-game home win streak that lasted more than two calendar years between Feb. 19, 2010 and Feb. 24, 2012.

• Harvard's 42-point margin of victory against MIT on Tuesday was the second largest under head coach Tommy Amaker, behind only a 94-51 triumph against Daniel Webster on Dec. 28, 2008.

• The Crimson allowed just 37 points to MIT,  marking the third time under head coach Tommy Amaker that an opponent has scored fewer than 40 points (most recent at Yale, 65-35, 1/27/12).

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Rank and File

Harvard is currently listed as receiving votes in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Crimson last appeared in either poll the week of Feb. 6, 2012 when the AP had the squad ranked No. 25 and the coaches had it at No. 21.

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D-ing Up
Harvard's home-opening 79-37 win versus MIT was highlighted by the Crimson's play at the defensive end, which resulted in several noteable statistics;

• Harvard's 42-point margin of victory was the second largest under head coach Tommy Amaker, behind only a 94-51 triumph against Daniel Webster on Dec. 28, 2008.

• The Crimson allowed just 37 points to MIT,  marking the third time under head coach Tommy Amaker that an opponent has scored fewer than 40 points (most recent at Yale, 65-35, 1/27/12).

• The Engineers shot just 27.9 percent from the field, the lowest percentage by an opponent in the Amaker era.

• Harvard forced 29 MIT turnovers, the most for the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker.

• Harvard's 19 steals versus the Engineers were one shy of the program record of 20, which has been accomplished four times (most recent vs. Hartford, 1/30/01).

Milestone Marker
The Crimson is approaching several milestones this season;

• Laurent Rivard needs just 10 three-pointers to set a new school record and 21 more to enter the Ivy League's all-time top 10.

• Laurent Rivard and Kyle Casey are both closing in on 1,000 points. Rivard needs just 31 points more while Casey needs 52.

• Head coach Tommy Amaker needs 10 more wins to reach 300 for his career. Amaker also needs just five more wins to move into the Ivy League's top 15 for wins by an Ancient Eight coach.

• The Crimson is three victories short of reaching 250 wins all-time at Lavietes Pavilion.

Top Shot
Laurent Rivard ranks second in Harvard history with 211 career three-pointers and needs just 10 more triples to break Dan Clemente's '01 program record of 220. Rivard's career total is also good for 19th place in Ivy League annals, while his 80 makes from long range in 2012-13 were the most ever by a member of the Crimson.

Join the Club
Harvard's 1,000-point club may have three additional members by season's end as seniors Kyle Casey, Brandyn Curry and Laurent Rivard each attempt to reach the milestone. Rivard leads the trio with 969 career points while Casey has totaled 948 and Curry 751.

Hoop And The Harm
Senior Laurent Rivard, who ranks second in program history with 2011 career three-pointers,  has been fouled 23 times while shooting from beyond the arc. Six of those fouls have resulted in an and-one.

2013-14 Dunk Tally
Kyle Casey
Evan Cummins
Steve Moundou-Missi
Agunwa Okolie
Wesley Saunders
Jonah Travis


Cousy Award Watch List
Brandyn Curry and Siyani Chambers were among 50 student-athletes named to the watch list for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. The list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the honor on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

Lou Henson Preseason All-America
Wesley Saunders was named to the 2013 Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team as one of the top 25 student-athletes from mid-major conferences. Following the season, the Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major student-athlete in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years.

Preseason Prognosticators
Harvard was a unanimous pick to repeat as conference champions in 2013-14 and received all 17 first-place votes in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. This marked only the second time the Crimson has earned the top spot in the Ancient Eight's preseason poll following 2011-12 when it received 16-of-17 first-place votes.


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In The Spotlight
12 of Harvard's 30 games have already been picked up for national or regional television broadcasts this season. The Crimson appeared on TV a program record 17 times last season, including a record four televised games at Lavietes Pavilion.

Sold Out
Harvard has played in front of a sold out Lavietes Pavilion 14 times over the past two years. The Crimson set a program record with 10 sell outs during the 2011-12 campaign, while four games in 2012-13 reached maximum capacity.

Home Court Advantage
The Harvard men's and women's basketball teams have combined for a 92-11 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 49-7 against the Ivy League. The Crimson men are 50-4 (.926) overall, 25-3 (.892) against the Ancient Eight, with the women going 42-7 (.857) overall, 24-4 (.857) in conference. The men's team's run of dominance includes a program record 28-game home win streak that lasted more than two calendar years between Feb. 19, 2010 and Feb. 24, 2012.

On The Sidelines
With 114 victories under his belt, Tommy Amaker ranks fourth all-time in Harvard coaching annals.

Frank Sullivan, 1991-07
Floyd S. Wilson, 1954-68
Edward A. Wachter, 1920-33
Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
Frank McLaughlin, 1977-85


Amaker's .633 win percentage, meanwhile, ranks first among Harvard coaches who have spent at least two seasons at the helm of the team.

Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
John K. Clark, 1900-02
Edward A. Wachter, 1920-33
Frank McLaughlin, 1977-85
Robert W. Harrison, 1968-73