Men's Basketball Takes to the Road, Visits Mercer Saturday

Ugo Okam against Holy Cross during a November 2010 game (Kevin Burns/ Harvard Athletics) Buy Now
Ugo Okam against Holy Cross during a November 2010 game (Kevin Burns/ Harvard Athletics)

Ugo Okam blocked three shots in Harvard's win against Holy Cross Wednesday (Kevin Burns).

The Particulars
Harvard travels to Macon, Ga., to face Mercer at The University Center, as the Crimson looks to grab its second straight win and first road victory of the season Saturday afternoon. 

Series History
The Crimson and Bears have met three times, with Harvard winning all three contests.  The Crimson took the opening game in the series, 61-51, on the road in 2000-01, and also won home games against Mercer in 2002-03 and 2007-08.
In the last meeting between the schools on Nov. 16, 2007, Harvard secured its largest margin of victory in the series, winning 91-73.  Jeremy Lin '10 paced the Crimson's offense in that game with 23 points, while shooting 10-of-17 from the field.
Last Time Out
Keith Wright tallied 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting and was one of four Harvard players to reach double figures, as the Crimson toppled Holy Cross, 72-49, Wednesday.  Christian Webster made 5-of-9 attempts from the floor to finish with 12 points, while Brandyn Curry had a double-double with 12 assists and 10 points.  Oliver McNally also contributed 10 points with a perfect shooting night, as he was 3-for-3 from the field and the free-throw line.
Mercer's Last Time Out
The Bears head into Saturday's matchup 1-1 early in the season. After an opening night, 67-44, win over Oglethorpe, Mercer fell on the road to UTEP, 87-74, Nov. 14. Jeff Smith led the way for the Bears against UTEP with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.  Brandon Moore added 19 points, while Langston Hall dished out seven assists.
He's Honored
With his 22-point and 16-rebound performance at George Mason, Keith Wright was honored as the Ivy League Player of the Week Monday.  Wright had 10 defensive rebounds, six on the offensive end, blocked two shots and made three steals.
Back-to-Back Double-Double
Keith Wright's 22-point, 16-rebound performance at George Mason Nov. 13, was Harvard's first double-double of the season.  Brandyn Curry followed with the first double-double of his career against Holy Cross, as he handed out 12 assists and scored 10 points in 36 minutes.
Conference Records
Harvard is 3-1 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun. The Crimson owns a 3-0 mark in the series against Mercer and lost the only game it played against Jacksonville.
Halftime Report
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 64-15 when leading at halftime and 17-68 when trailing a game at the break.  The Crimson stands 1-0 when leading at the half this year.

Season Honors
Keith Wright........ Ivy Player of the Week (Nov. 15)

Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) begins his fourth 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.  Amaker guided Harvard to its first postseason appearance since 1946, as the Crimson competed in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last season.
He brings a 221-183 career head coaching record into today's 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 in the NBA
Former Harvard guard and three-time All-Ivy League honoree Jeremy Lin '10 signed a professional contract with the Golden State Warriors in July. 
With his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Clippes Oct. 29, Lin became the first Ivy League player to to suit up for an NBA team since Penn's Matt Maloney played for the Atlanta Hawks and Yale's Chris Dudley was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2003. 
Lin joins former Harvard standouts Saul Mariaschin '47 (Boston Celtics) and Edward Smith '51 (New York Knicks) as Crimson players who have seen time in the NBA.
Give Me The Ball
Harvard has outrebounded both of its opponents this season, owning a 79-59 advantage on the boards overall.  Keith Wright paces the Crimson with 11.0 rebounds per game and has seven offensive boards on the season.

Junior Stars
Led by Keith Wright's 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, the junior class is averaging 31.0 points and 15.5 boards per contest.  Wright paces Harvard in points and rebounds.

The Start of Ivy League Play
Keeping with tradition, Harvard will tip off Ivy League play against Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., Jan. 8, 2011.
Sophomore Studs
Harvard's sophomore class has combined for 22.0 points per night and has 24 of the Crimson's 34 assists on the season. 
Dozen Dishes
Brandyn Curry handed out a career-high 12 assists in Harvard's 72-49 victory over Holy Cross Nov. 17.  Curry leads the Crimson with 20 assists this season.
Five-Time Freeloaders
Harvard is one of just three schools nationally (Navy, Cal) to rank in the top 70 nationally in free throw percentage in each of the last five years. The Crimson has shot 26-of-32 from the line (.813) this season. 
Geography 101
Harvard players hail from eight different states (California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginai), Washington, D.C., and one Canadian province (Quebec).
Geography 202
Three players on the Crimson roster call Massachusetts home: sophomores Kyle Casey (Medway)and Andrew Van Nest (Weston) and freshman Tom Hamel (Methuen).
Welcome To The Show
Harvard freshman Ugo Okam is tied for the team lead with four blocks this season and is averaging 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.  Classmate Laurent Rivard is a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and is averaging 4.5 points in 23.0 minutes per game.  Ernest Rouse made his first-career basket on a jump shot in Harvard's win over Holy Cross Nov. 17.