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Nation's Oldest Universities Battle Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lavietes Pavilion

Pictured: Harvard opens its home schedule Sunday afternoon against William & Mary.

The Particulars
Harvard plays its first home game of the 2009-10 season when the Tribe of William & Mary visits Lavietes Pavilion at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Follow at Home
All Harvard home basketball games will feature live streaming audio and video. Fans can visit the Multimedia page to purchase a single game event or a season pass. The real-time broadcast includes play-by-play commentary from Chris Villani. Select road games will also be available and regularly announced on GoCrimson.com.

Harvard Coop Pre-game Show (6:40 PM):
-a look at the 2009-2010 Harvard Crimson
-preview of the William &  Mary Tribe
-a recap of the Holy Cross victory
-interview with head coach Tommy Amaker

Coca Cola Halftime Show:
-complete first have statistics
-Part One of a Two Part Interview with Kathy Orton, author of Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League
-complete Ivy League scoreboard

Live Statistics
All Harvard home basketball games will feature live game statistics. Fans can visit the Live Stats page to follow along on their computer.

Series History
Despite the fact that these are the two oldest schools in the nation, the all-time series between Harvard and William & Mary began just last year, with the Tribe winning the meeting 67-54 on Dec. 31, 2008.

The Last Meeting
Dan McGeary went 7-13 from the field, including 4-8 from behind the arc to score 18 points for the Crimson in a 67-54 loss. 

The Crimson trailed 37-28 going into the locker room. Harvard came back, tying the game with about eight minutes remaining in the game, but was unable to keep the offense going and turned the ball over five times in the final 8:05.

Max Kenyi was the only other Crimson player to hit double digits as he scored 12 points, and Jeremy Lin added nine and dished out six assists.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Jeremy Lin went 6-11 from the field and added 10 free throws while scoring 21 of his game-high 24 points in Harvard's season opening win over Holy Cross, 87-77. Lin also dished out seven assists in the win - Harvard's second straight against Holy Cross and its second straight season opening road victory (New Hampshire).

Eleven different players saw action within the first six minutes of the game for Harvard. Freshman Kyle Casey added 12 points and classmate Dee Giger scored 13, including 4-6 from behind the arc. Keith Wright and Oliver McNally finished with 11 points apiece.

As a team, the Crimson shot over 50 percent in both halves  and over 42 percent from three for the game. The teams were even in rebounds, with 34 apiece but Harvard capitalized on 24 Crusader fouls to convert on 25-of-35 free throws.

William & Mary's Last Time Out
The Tribe fell 75-66 to the No. 12 Huskies of Connecticut in the 2009-10 season opener at Gampbel Pavilion Nov. 13, 2009. 

Sophomore Quinn McDowell scored a career-high-tying 20 points to lead a trio of Tribe players in double figures, connecting on 8-of-15 shot attempts including 4-of-10 from downtown.

Senior Danny Sumner hit a three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired in the first half to cut the Tribe's deficit to six, 37-31, entering intermission.

William & Mary finished the game with 13 treys on 34 attempts. The Tribe shot 42 percent from the floor in the contest.

Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) begins his third 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.

In his first two seasons, the Crimson went 22-36 overall, 9-19 in Ivy League play. He brings a 200-174 career head coaching record into the game, including a 109-83 record at Michigan at a 68-55 record at Seton Hall.

Amaker came to Harvard after a six year stint as Michigan's head coach. Inheriting a program that was reeling from institutional and NCAA sanctions, he led the Wolverines to the postseason three times, winning the 2004 NIT title, reaching the championship game of the 2006 NIT, and advancing to the second round of the 2007 tournament. The 2006-07 season was Michigan's second straight 20-win campaign and its third in four years. The Wolverines were ranked as high as No. 20 in the nation during the 2005-06 season. 

Get Them Off The Bench
Eleven different Harvard players saw action in the fist six minutes of play in the 2009-10 season opener against Holy Cross. All players contributed to the 87-77 victory, with each player scoring at least two points and 10 of them scoring in the first half.

36 of Harvard's 87 points came from non-starters. From the field, they combined to shoot 12-27 including 5-12 behind the arc. These six players accounted for half of the minutes in the game. 

Welcome to the Show
Four Harvard players made their collegiate debut in the 87-77 season opener win over Holy Cross. Freshmen Kyle Casey, Dee Giger and Christian Webster, as well as sophomore Andrew Van Nest  combined to play for 68 minutes in the contest and scored 30 points. 

Last Year and This Year
Harvard has leaned on newcomers to contribute in each of the last two seasons. In last year's 80-69 season-opening win at UNH, Harvard started three freshmen (McNally, Kenyi, Wright) with newcomers totaling 111 minutes, 44 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. 

Fresh Legs
Less than seven minutes in the season, in an 87-77 win at Holy Cross, Harvard used a rotation with four freshmen (Curry, Casey, Giger, Webster) and a player who had not played in 1.5 years due to injury (Magnarelli). 

50-50
In its 87-77 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 13, Harvard shot 50 percent in the first half and 55 percent in the second. 

Unselfish Takeover
In an 87-77 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 13, Jeremy Lin did not attempt a shot until the 7:44 mark of the first half. He scored his first points at the 2:40 mark on a drive in the lane and scored 24 points in the final 22:40 of the game. He added seven assists in the win.

Complete Game Notes
For complete games notes in PDF format, click on the link at the beginning of this page.