Men's Basketball Chases Postseason at Penn & Princeton
Pictured: Harvard's team bench reacts to Max Kenyi's steal and dunk in the second half against Yale last weekend (Chris Wraight).
Harvard eyes more history this weekend as the Crimson takes to the road for games at Penn and Princeton. Already having posted the most wins in school history, Harvard is marching towards its first postseason bid since 1945-46 and the Crimson would love nothing more than its first-ever road sweep of the P's.
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Head 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 219-180 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 and Cornell have each won 20 games this season, marking only the seventh time in Ivy League history of two 20-win teams. It marks the first time that neither 20-win team has been Penn or Princeton.
If Princeton wins its last three games, the Tigers would also have 20 wins, marking the first time the league has boasted three 20-win teams.
Something More to Play For
With a pair of wins this season, Harvard will tie a program record for Ivy league wins (11), set in 1970-71.
Jeremy Lin for Bob Cousy Award
Jeremy Lin is one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard. Fan voting is open until March 5.
Jeremy Lin Finalist for John R. Wooden
Jeremy Lin is one of 20 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award which goes to the national player of the year.
Jeremy Lin Invited To Portsmouth
Jeremy Lin will play at the Portsmouth Invitational (Va.) in April. Lin is the first Harvard player invited to the four-day tournament since Brian Cusworth '07-08.
The Princeton Series
Princeton holds a 124-38 advantage in the series but has had to settle for season splits against the Crimson in three of the last five seasons wins.
The Last Meeting With
Kareem Maddox had 14 points and eight rebounds, making a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left to lead Princeton to a 56-53 victory over Harvard.
Harvard's Jeremy Lin scored 19 points, but his long 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced just short off the front of the rim.
Princeton led by 14 points with 4:55 left, but Harvard came within one when Dan Mavraides fouled Christian Webster during a made 3-pointer with 11.7 seconds left. Webster hit the free throw to make it 54-53.
The Penn Series
Penn holds a 126-30 advantage in the series but saw an 11-game winning streak come to a close in 2007-08 as Harvard completed its first home weekend sweep of Penn and Princeton since the 1986-87 season. Last season, another long-standing stream came to a close for the Quakers as Harvard won at The Palestra for the first time since the 1990-91 season with a 66-60 victory.
The Last Meeting With Penn
Jeremy Lin scored 19 points to pace Harvard in an 80-66 win over Penn.
Lin also added six assists, five steals and three blocks for the Crimson while Oliver McNally added 14 points for Harvard.
The Crimson led 41-32 at halftime, and a 7-0 run in the second half gave Harvard a 48-35 advantage with 15:22 remaining. Kyle Casey's layup with 9:08 remaining capped a separate 7-1 run and gave the Crimson their largest lead of the game at 62-45.
Dan Monckton scored a career-high 19 points off the bench and grabbed eight rebounds to pace Penn.
With its win Saturday against Yale, Harvard set a program record with 20 victories, surpassing the old mark of 19 set back in 1945-46.
Harvard has also assured the program's first winning Ivy League season since 1996-97
Harvard recorded its first season-sweeps of both Yale and Brown since winning all four games against the pair in 1998-99.
Now with season sweeps of Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Yale, Harvard has recorded the most Ivy sweeps since getting four in 1996-97 (Columbia, Cornell, Yale, Brown)
Already with nine road wins, the Crimson will look to set a program record for road victories this weekend at Penn and Princeton.
Last season, Harvard led the Ivy League in road wins with seven.
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