Harvard Battles Boston College Wednesday Night
Pictured: Harvard converts a free throw Sunday at UConn. The
Crimson and Eagles tip off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Conte Forum
Harvard takes to the road Wednesday evening when the Crimson travels to Boston College for a 7:00 p.m. game at the Conte Forum.
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Wednesday's game at Boston College can be heard live on GoCrimson.com with Chris Villani on the call. 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.
All Harvard home basketball games will feature live game statistics. Fans can visit the Live Stats page to follow along on their computer.
B.C. holds a 33-10 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, Harvard came away with its first victory in 10 years against the Eagles with an 82-70 victory in the Crimson's first-ever win against a nationally-ranked program (BC was 17th).
The game was played just days after BC had knocked off then-number-one-ranked and eventual national champion North Carolina.
The Last Meeting
Jeremy Lin dominated play as Harvard stunned 17th-ranked Boston College, 82-70.
Lin recorded game-highs of 27 points, eight assists, six steals and two blocked shots to go along with three rebounds. Lin was 11-of-16 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the line while holding B.C. star Tyrese Rice to three points until the final four minutes of play.
Oliver McNally played a heady game off the bench at the point and finished with the game's second-highest scoring figure with 17 points thanks to a 10-of-11 mark from the throw line.
After falling behind 5-0 and 7-2, Harvard grabbed a 19-17 lead with 7:32 to play in the first half. The Crimson never looked back as the visitors shot 61 percent from the floor in the second half (14-for-23) to win going away.
Harvard's Last Time
No. 14/13 UConn got all it could handle Sunday afternoon as the Huskies needed a big free throw shooting day to down the Harvard Crimson, 79-73, at Gampel Pavilion.
Jeremy Lin tied a career-high with 30 points in a dazzling effort while adding nine rebounds and game-highs of three steals and two blocks to go with three assists. He made seven straight shots at one point, finishing 11-for-18 from the floor despite not scoring for the first 16:12 of the game - during which he had all three of his assists.
Harvard was within five or fewer points on eight occasions, including 67-62 with three minutes to play and 77-73 in the final minute only to be turned away by UConn, which made 22-of-30 free throws in the second half.
BC's Last Time Out
Sophomore Reggie Jackson tallied 18 points and nine rebounds and junior Corey Raji totaled 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston College to a 61-60 Atlantic Coast Conference win over Miami on Sunday.
Jackson scored the Eagles' last four points to snap a 57-57 tie and give the home team the victory. The sophomore scored off an offensive rebound with 1:47 to play and then, after Miami missed on three-point attempts on its next two possessions, Jackson sank two free throws with 2.3 seconds left to give BC a four-point cushion.
Harvard Coach Tommy
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.
He brings a 205-176 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.
Harvard's RPI (collegerpi.com) is currently 63rd nationally. Boston College enters play at No. 73.
William & Mary, which Harvard defeated, is 13th and is the only Ivy League victory against a Top 25 RPI team this season.
Harvard has two of the Ivy's four wins against Top 100 teams (Rice - 71).
Ranked behind Harvard are:
Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, George Mason, George Washington, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Maryland, Providence, Stanford and Xavier
Big Time Contributors
So far this season, non-starters have accounted for 42 percent of Harvard's total points (224 of 534) as well as played 48 percent of the total minutes.
Harvard's bench players have outscored opposing team subs in all eight games this year with three 30-plus-point outings
On The Big Board
Harvard outrebounded UConn, 23-19, in the first half on Dec. 6. The Crimson has yet to be outrebounded in the first half of a game this season
Harvard's win over Rice on Dec. 2 sealed the Crimson's best start to a season (6-1) in 25 years since going 8-0 to start the 1984-85 season.
Harvard's 8-0 start in 1984-85 included two victories over D. II programs and one victory over a D. III program. The next best start came in 1957-58 when the team started 8-1 with five wins against lower division opponents.
Complete Game Notes
For complete games notes in PDF format, click on the link at the beginning of this page.