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Season Preview: Men's Basketball Poised to Face Competitive Schedule, Build on First 20-Win Season

Sophomore Brandyn Curry and the Crimson look to continue their ascent in 2010-11 (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard men's basketball teams heads into the 2010-11 season coming off the most successful campaign in program history, as the Crimson won 21 games and finished third in the Ivy League with a 10-4 mark. 

Harvard, under fourth-year head coach Tommy Amaker, returns eight players from last year's squad, which reached the postseason for the first time since 1946. The Crimson was also recently chosen second in the Ivy League preseason media poll, receiving four first-place votes.

Coach Amaker and his team will play the toughest schedule in program history, as the Crimson will face four teams from BCS conferences, including Michigan, Connecticut and Boston College on the road.  Harvard, which boasted an 11-2 mark at the friendly confines of Lavietes Pavilion in 2009-10, will play 14 home contests this winter, including a matchup Colorado of the Big 12 conference. 

The Crimson returns five of its top six scorers from a year ago, led by sophomore forward Kyle Casey, last season's Ivy League Rookie of the Year.  Casey topped the team with 5.1 rebounds per game, and was second with 10.4 points per contest.  Junior co-captain Keith Wright averaged 8.9 points and 4.6 boards during his sophomore campaign, while classmate and fellow co-captain Oliver McNally, a guard, led Harvard by shooting 83 percent from the free-throw line, while averaging 7.0 points per game.

Sophomores Brandyn Curry (93 assists and 7.3 points per game) and Christian Webster (8.8 points per contest) will continue to see increased time at the guard position.  Harvard also welcomes six freshmen to the fold this year, as Harvard's roster features three juniors, five sophomores and six rookies.