Harvard Looks For Rare Road Win at Dartmouth on Saturday
Pictured: Harvard huddles before its victory over Boston Colelge earlier this season. It will take a team effort to win at Dartmouth, which has historically been a tough place for visiting teams.
Harvard and Dartmouth complete their two-game series Saturday night in Hanover, N.H. It will be the Crimson's first game in two weeks since defeating the Big Green in the Ivy opener on Jan. 9.
Dartmouth leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1900-01, by a count of 95-74. The Big Green has been a thorn in Harvard's side in recent years with Dartmouth managing to split the season series in each of the three seasons after Harvard swept the series in 2005-06.
Dartmouth has defeated Harvard in four of its last six home games. The Big Green has traditionally been a good home team and this year is no exception with all four wins coming at Leede Arena.
Keith Wright scored 22 points and Harvard won its fifth straight, 79-48 over Dartmouth in the Ivy League opener for both teams.
Christian Webster added 12 points and Jeremy Lin had 11 points, six steals and five assists for the Crimson).
Harvard led 40-31 with 16:14 to play, the last time the lead was in single digits. Harvard outscored Dartmouth 36-16 the rest of the way and built its largest lead at 75-43 with 2:29 to play on a layup by Webster.
Ronnie Dixon, Dartmouth's only player in double figures, had 12 points.
Dartmouth's Last Time
David Rufful converted a three-point play with .9 seconds left to give Dartmouth a 65-64 win over St. Francis, N.Y. on Monday night at home.
Rufful, who finished with 16 points, pulled down a defensive rebound on Ayeni Kayode's missed free throw. Rufful was then fouled by Stefan Perunicic as he was going up for a layup.
Dartmouth led 36-27 at halftime, before the Terriers opened the second half on a 14-3 run. Kayode's layup capped the run for a 41-39 St. Francis lead. The Terriers built their lead to as many as six points three times, the final on Akeem Johnson's layup to make it 59-53 with 2:18 left.
Robby Pride scored 21 points for the Big Green, who shot 53.7 percent from the field (22 of 41).
Ricky Cadell had 23 points for the Terriers, who shot a blistering 76.5 percent from the field in the second half and limited Dartmouth to three field goals for the first 17 minutes of the second half but still lost.
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.
He brings a 211-178 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.
In The Record Books
Harvard's 74-66 win at Santa Clara (1/04) set a program record for nonleague victories in a season (11) - surpassing the previous mark of nine set back in 1957-58.
Race To Double Figures
This season, Harvard reached the 10-win plateau faster than any season in the program's 99-year history (Jan. 2) with a 92-71 win at Seattle.
Best Season Continues
Harvard's 11-3 nonleague record marks its best record outside of Ivy League play in school history and establishes its best overall start as well with a 10-3 mark against Division I. competition.
Harvard is currently enjoying a five-game winning streak. The Crimson had not won five straight since starting 5-0 in he 2005-06 season. Harvard's last six-game win streak came in the 1996-97 season with wins over Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, Lehigh, Brown and Yale.
Harvard owns wins against 10 different conference affiliations - marking another program record. Harvard has beaten teams from the America East (Boston Univ., New Hampshire), Atlantic-10 (George Washington), Atlantic Coast (Boston College), Colonial Athletic (William & Mary), Conference USA (Rice), Patriot League (Holy Cross), West Coast (Santa Clara), New England Men's & Women's (MIT), two independents (Bryant, Seattle) and Ivy school Dartmouth.
Streaks & Stops
Harvard has stopped numerous streaks and gained several "firsts" under Tommy Amaker, including:
-Program's best start in school history (12-3). Its previous best start was 25 years ago when going 8-0 to start the 1984-85 season.
-Program's best home record to start a season in 23 years (7-0) since going 7-0 at Lavietes Pavilion to start the 1986-87 season. The last time Harvard started at least 8-0 was back in 1937-38 when the team went 10-0 at home in a 13-5 season. The 1930-31 team also had a good home start, winning its first nine.
-Program's most nonleague victories (11), surpassing a mark of nine wins established in 1957-58.
-Program's fastest time to 10 victories (Jan. 2) in a season.
-Program's highest-ever ranking in the RPI (collegerpi) at #21 on January 1.
-The most conference affiliations defeated in school history (10).
-Program's first ever sweep of a West Coast series (at Seattle, at Santa Clara), coming in 2009-10.
-Program's first ever sweep of a road series west of the state of New York (at Seattle, at Santa Clara) in 2009-10.
-Program's first win over a nationally-ranked team with an 82-70 win at #17 Boston College in 2008-09.
-Program's first win over a BCS program with a 62-51 win over Michigan in 2007-08.
-Wins in three-straight seasons over teams from BCS conferences (Michigan in 2007-08, BC in 2008-09 and 2009-10).
-Program's first win over a team from the Atlantic-10 since 1980-81 (UMass) with a victory over George Washington in 2009-10.
-Program's first Top 25 recruiting class by ESPN in 2008-09.
-Program's first win at Penn since 1989-90 season with a win at The Palestra in 2008-09.
-Program's first win at Yale since 1998-99 season with a win at the Lee Amphitheater in 2008-09.
-Ivy League-best seven road victories in 2008-09.
-Program's first weekend sweep of Penn-Princeton since 1986-87 - and third-ever- in 2007-08.
Harvard's four frontcourt players are shooting better than 60 percent from the floor. Pat Magnarelli (.617), Doug Miller (.605), Keith Wright (.605) and Kyle Casey (.631)
Wright leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage at .605 for players with enough attempts to qualify.
Harvard is shooting 100 percentage points higher than its opposition this season (.495 to .395).
Harvard has won five games this season by at least 21 points. The last time Harvard had that many blowout victories came back in 1995-96 with six such wins.
Jeremy Lin enters play with 199 career steals. Lin has led the Ivy League in steals in each of the past two seasons and ranks third all-time at Harvard.
Jeremy Lin recorded four steals in the span of 1:34 during a game against Dartmouth on Jan. 9. He had six for the game.
Complete Game Notes
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