Men's Basketball Visits Princeton, Penn in Key Ivy Contests
The Crimson is enjoying an eight-game win streak, the program's longest since 1984-85 (Mitchell Layton).
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Harvard carries an eight-game win streak, the nation's seventh longest current streak, into a critical Ivy weekend at Princeton and Penn. The Crimson stands at 4-0 in the Ancient Eight and 15-3 overrall, while the Tigers are 14-4 and 2-0 in Ivy League play. A win for Harvard against Princeton would mark the program's longest win streak since 1945-46, as well as tie the best Ivy start for the Crimson (1980-81, 1990-91).
Friday evening's game will be shown live on ESPNU with Ryan Burr and Tim O'Toole having the call. The game will also be broadcast on Sirius Radio 130, as well as for free at GoCrimson.com with Charlie Hobbs and Scott Reed of WHRB having the call. Live statistics will also be available.
For Saturday's game at Penn, live video will be available via a subscription, while free audio will once again be available on GoCrimson.com. The game will also be broadcast on WHRB 95.3 FM. In addition, live statistics will be available.
Harvard and Princeton have played 161 times, with the Tigers owning a 123-38 advantage in the series that dates back to 1900-01. Princeton has won the last four games between the schools, with the last Harvard victory coming at Lavietes Pavilion Feb. 22, 2008.
The Crimson is looking for its first victory at Princeton since Feb. 3, 1989, a 63-57 decision.
Last Meeting Against The Tigers
In the final game of the 2009-10 regular season, the Tigers defeated the Crimson, 54-51, at Jadwin Gym. Brandyn Curry was the only Harvard player to reach double figures, as he scored 11 points and collected eight rebounds. Harvard shot 35.6 percent from the floor (16-of-45) and 38.5 percent from long distance (5-of-13).
Last Time Out
Keith Wright earned his seventh double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 boards, including nine on the offensive side of the ball, in a 78-57 win over Cornell Jan. 29. Kyle Casey added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Laurent Rivard (12 points), Brandyn Curry (10) and Christian Webster (12) also scored in double figures. Curry and McNally each handed out seven assists, helping Harvard to a 17-to-4 assist-to-turnover ratio for the game.
Princeton's Last Time Out
The Tigers completed an Ivy weekend sweep by downing Yale, 67-63, Jan. 29. Douglas Davis tallied 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Kareem Maddox came off the bench for 17 points, making six baskets. The Tigers made 5-of-8 3-pointers (.625) and were 25-of-47 from the field (.532).
Kyle Casey: Ivy Co-Player of the Week
Kyle Casey was tabbed Ivy League Co-Player of the Week after averaging 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in Harvard's wins over Columbia and Cornell last week.
Amaker vs. The Ivy League
Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker enters the weekend with a 23-23 record against Ivy League opponents. Harvard is 16-4 against Ancient Eight foes since the start of the 2009-10 campaign and has won four straight conference games to open this season.
For the second straight week, third straight season and fourth time in six years, Harvard received a vote in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll this week. Harvard is the only Ivy League team to have received a vote in a major national poll this season and currently sits 50th in the NCAA's RPI entering this weekend's action.
Starting Strong in Ivy Play
For the second straight season, Harvard swept Dartmouth to open conference play and sits at 4-0 in Ivy League action after topping Columbia and Cornell Jan. 28-29. The Crimson has twice started 5-0 (1980-81 and 1990-91) in Ivy League contests, but has never started 6-0. Harvard's best Ivy League record occurred in 1970-71, when the team finished 11-3 in conference games.
In the weekend sweep of Columbia and Cornell Jan. 28-29, Kyle Casey and Keith Wright posted nearly identical statistics for the weekend. Casey scored 33 points, grabbed 22 rebounds, blocked two shots and was 13-of-26 from the floor. Wright tallied 35 points, had 18 rebounds, rejected three shots and shot a combined 15-of-26 from the field in the two Harvard victories.
Stepping Up in Ivy Play
Keith Wright is averaging nearly a double-double in conference games, scoring 15.8 points per game, while collecting 9.3 rebounds per contest. Kyle Casey (12.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg), Christian Webster (12.3 ppg) and Oliver McNally (11.5 ppg) are also averaging double figures. Brandyn Curry is handing out 6.5 assists per game, while scoring 9.8 per contest. Harvard is averaging 70.5 points per game as a team, while surrendering 56.5 ppg, for a +14.0 margin.
Warming Up In January
Harvard completed the month of January with a perfect 6-0 record with wins over Boston College, Dartmouth (twice), George Washington, Columbia and Cornell. Harvard's perfect January marked the first perfect month for the program since November 2005 (5-0). Harvard was 5-2 in December and 4-1 in November. The Crimson had won eight straight games heading into Friday, the most for the team since a similar eight-game streak to start the 1984-85 season.
Top Of The Ivy League
The Crimson is tied atop the Ivy League standings with a 4-0 record. Princeton and Penn are also unbeaten in conference play (2-0). Harvard also boasts the conference's best overall record, going 15-3 to start the season (.833).
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 13-game win streak at home, the most since the Crimson won 14 straight from 1946-47. The current win streak at home is the longest for Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion and is tied for the 15th current longest streak in the NCAA. Harvard has tied its best record at home, starting this year 10-0 at Lavietes. The 1937-38 Crimson finished the season 10-0 at home.
McNally Closing Out Games
In the last four minutes of games this season, McNally leads Harvard with a perfect 1.000 shooting percentage. He has made all four of his shots in the closing moments of games, all of which were from beyond the arc. He is averaging 1.9 points in the last four minutes of games to lead the team and is 22-of-24 from the foul line (.917).
Harvard appears 50th in the most recent NCAA RPI, released Monday. The Crimson has the highest RPI in the Ivy League, 15 spots ahead of conference rival Princeton (65).
The Crimson is undefeated this season at home (10-0), scoring 70 or more points (10-0), surrendering less than 60 points (7-0), shooting better than 35% from 3 (10-0),when recording 10 or more 3-pointers (5-0), shooting 46.6% or better from the floor (11-0), shooting under 75% from the foul line (6-0), in games decided by 4-10 points (5-0), in January (6-0) and when Kyle Casey has nine rebounds or more (4-0).