Men's Basketball Looks to Continue Momentum, Closes Out Road Slate at Brown, Yale
Christian Webster tallied a game-high 20 points in Harvard's win at Cornell Feb. 18 (Stephen Slade).
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Harvard, who enters the weekend first in the Ivy League with a 9-1 conference record and 20-4 overall, looks to keep pace in the Ancient Eight title hunt, as the Crimson visits Brown and Yale. Harvard is one victory shy of tying its program record (21-8 in 2009-10). The Bears, who downed Princeton last weekend, are 3-7 in the Ancient Eight and 10-14 overall, while the Bulldogs head into the weekend 5-5 in Ivy games and 12-12 overall.
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Harvard and Brown have met 160 times since 1900-01, and the Crimson owns an 88-72 lead in the series. Harvard also has taken the last three contests between the schools dating back to the 2009-10 campaign.
Last Meeting Against The Bears
Harvard overcame a 24-point deficit early in the second half to Brown before outscoring the Bears 54-23 for the remainder of the game to emerge with an 85-78 victory Feb. 12. Keith Wright led the way with 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, as the Crimson recorded the largest comeback in program history and the second biggest in the history of the Ivy League. By overcoming a 22-point deficit at halftime, Harvard's historic comeback ranks fourth in NCAA history.
Last Time Out
Keith Wright earned his 11th double-double of the season, as he scored 16 points and came down with 12 rebounds, and Oliver McNally tallied 15 points to guide Harvard to a 61-42 win at Columbia Feb. 19.The Crimson, which is riding a five-game win streak, also got 12 points and five assists from Brandyn Curry, while Kyle Casey chipped in with 10 points and nine boards.
Brown's Last Time Out
Peter Sullivan tallied 26 points and shot 16-of-16 from the foul line as the Bears knocked off Princeton, 75-65, Feb. 19. Sean McGonagill netted 16 ppints and Garrett Leffelman scored 11 for Brown, which held Princeton to just 4-of-21 shooting from long distance (.190). The Bears made 20-of-22 foul shots (.926) and outrebounded Princeton, 33-29.
Ivy League Race
The Crimson heads into Friday night in first place in the Ivy League with a 9-1 conference mark, ahead of Princeton's 8-1 Ivy record. With four games to play, Harvard has two games remaining at Lavietes Pavilion and two on the road. Penn is in third palce with a 5-4 Ivy League record, while Columbia and Yale are tied for fourth at 5-5. Harvard also has the best overall record in the conference (20-4), and the Crimson sports a 13-1 record in its last 14 games.
20 In The Victory Column
For the second time in as many seasons and for just the second time in school history, Harvard has reached the 20-win plateau. Last season, the Crimson finished 21-8 overall, a team best for wins in a season.
With its 9-1 start to Ivy League play, Harvard has established its best start to conference action in program history. Harvard's best Ancient Eight record came in 1970-71 when the Crimson finished 11-3.
Harvard's 24-point comeback in its 85-78 win over Brown Feb. 12, ranks at the top of several program, conference and national records. The comeback was the largest in Harvard history and is second in the history of the Ivy League, behind only Princeton's 27-point comeback against Penn (Feb. 9, 1999). In addition, the 22-point comeback at halftime is the fourth largest in NCAA history and the 24-point deficit overcome in the second half ranks tied for 10th in NCAA history.
Harvard Down The Stretch
The Crimson is shooting 53.2 percent from the floor (59-of-111) and 41.0 percent from long distance (16-of-39) in the final five minutes of games this season. Harvard has only been called for 65 fouls in that time span, while drawing 99 fouls by opponents.
Amaker vs. The Ivy League
Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker enters the weekend with a 28-24 (.538) record against Ivy League opponents in his four years in Cambridge. Harvard is 21-5 (.808) against Ancient Eight foes since the start of the 2009-10 campaign and won four straight conference games to open this season. Harvard has also won its last five Ivy games entering Friday evening.
Starting Strong in Ivy Play
For the second straight season, Harvard swept Dartmouth to open conference play and sits at 9-1 in Ivy League action after sweeping Cornell and Columbia Feb. 18-19, respectively. Harvard's best Ivy League record occurred in 1970-71, when the team finished 11-3 in conference games.
Stepping Up in Conference Action
Keith Wright is averaging nearly a double-double in conference games, scoring 16.9 points per game, while collecting 9.6 rebounds per contest. Wright is also shooting 61.3 percent from the field in Ivy League contests. Kyle Casey (13.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Christian Webster (12.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg) are also averaging double figures. Brandyn Curry is handing out 5.6 assists per game, while scoring 9.8 per contest. Harvard is averaging 72.3 points per game as a team, while surrendering 62.8 ppg, for a +9.5 point margin.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 15-game win streak at home, a program record. The current win streak at home is the longest for Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion and is tied for the 13th current longest streak in the NCAA. Harvard has established a new record for home victories in a season with 12, surpassing last season's 11 wins 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 five of his shots in the closing moments of games, four of which were from beyond the arc. He is averaging 1.6 points in the last four minutes of games and is 24-of-26 from the foul line (.923).
Harvard appears 40th in the most recent NCAA RPI, released Monday. The Crimson has the highest RPI in the Ivy League, 14 spots ahead of conference rival Princeton (54).
The Crimson is undefeated this season at home (12-0), scoring 70 or more points (14-0), surrendering less than 60 points (8-0), shooting better than 35 percent from 3 (15-0),when recording 10 or more 3-pointers (5-0), shooting 46.6 percent or better from the floor (15-0), shooting under 75 percent from the foul line (7-0), in January (6-0) and when Kyle Casey has nine rebounds or more (6-0).
Night and Day
The Crimson is 13-2 during evening games and 7-2 during afternoon contests this year.