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Harvard Men's Basketball Travels West, Faces Loyola Marymount Saturday

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Kyle Casey scored a team-high 16 in the win at Holy Cross Tuesday (Stephen Slade).

The Particulars
The Crimson visits Loyola Marymount in the second contest of a six-game stretch of games away from Cambridge. The game will be held Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m. EST.

Harvard sits at 2-0 on the year, while the Lions enter the game 1-1. The Crimson is 1-0 on the road, while LMU stands at 0-1 at home.

Game Coverage
GoCrimson.com will provide live statistics of the game. LMULions.com will provide a video stream of the contest.
 
Series History
This will be the first meeting between Harvard and LMU.
 
Conference Records
Harvard is 3-4 all-time against current members of the West Coast Conference: (3-1 vs. Santa Clara, 0-1 vs. Portland and 0-2 vs. San Francisco).
 
Road Warriors
The Crimson, which plays its next  five games away from home, will play 18 road/neutral games this winter. Harvard set a program record for road/neutral wins in 2009-10 with 10, and the Crimson followed up with nine road victories last season. Harvard is 1-0 on the road in 2011-12.
 
Last Time Out
Kyle Casey netted 16 points, and Keith Wright picked up a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards as Harvard earned a win on the road at Holy Cross, 73-64. Oliver McNally also chipped in with 14 points, going a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line.
 
LMU's Last Time Out
After defeating then-No. 20 UCLA, 69-58, Nov. 11, LMU fell to Middle Tennessee State, 58-51, Nov. 13. Ashley Hamilton paced the Lions with 15 points, while Jarred DuBois contributed with a 12-point effort.
 
Battle 4 Atlantis
During Thanksgiving weekend, Harvard will participate in the prestigious Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at the Bahamas Nov. 24-26. Connecticut, the defending NCAA champion, Florida State, Central Florida, Utah, the College of Charleston,  Massachusetts and UNC Asheville will join the Crimson at the tournament. Harvard will meet Utah in the opening round Nov. 24 and will face either UMass or Florida State in the second round. All 12 tournament will be broadcast live on national television (Versus or HDNet).
 
Harvard In California
The Crimson has four players on its roster that call California home: Max Hoopers (Carmel Valley, Oliver McNally (San Francisco), Wesley Saunders (Los Angeles) and Kenyatta Smith (Sun Valley).
 
In 26 games played in the state of California, the Crimson is 6-20 overall, going 3-4 in neutral site games and 3-16 in road contests.

Great Start
Freshman Wesley Saunders went 4-of-4 from the field and finished with 10 points in Harvard's 73-64 win at Holy Cross Nov. 15. Saunders is now 5-of-5 (1.000) from the floor through the first two games.

Casting Ballots
For the fourth straight season and fifth time in seven years, Harvard has receivted a vote in the AP national poll. The Crimson is receiving three votes in the most recent poll Nov. 14.
 
Harvard is the only Ivy League team to have received a vote in a major national poll this season.
 
Kings of Massachusetts' Courts
The Crimson is currently on a 12-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71, Dec. 10, 2008, including fourstraight wins over Holy Cross and three against Boston College.
 
Harvard is 2-0 this season against Massachusetts teams, having defeated MIT and Holy Cross in the first two games of the season. The Crimson will also face Boston University and BC this season. Harvard might play UMass at the Battle 4 Atlantis, this year.
 
Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) is in his fifth 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 has guided Harvard to its first Ivy League title as well as the program's first appearance in the NIT. In addition, the Crimson established a program record with 23 victories in 2011-12.
 
He brings a 245-189 career head coaching record into today's game, including a 68-51 mark at Harvard, a 109-83 record at Michigan and a 68-55 record at Seton Hall. 

Wright Among Wooden Preseason Top 50
Senior co-captain Keith Wright was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List Oct. 3. Wright, who was the only player from the Ivy League honored, garnered AP and Lou Henson All-America accolades as a junior last season.

Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 18-game win streak at home, a program record. The current win streak at home is the longest for Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion and is the 11th longest current streak in the NCAA. Duke is enjoying the longest current streak with 36 straight home wins.
 
Nation's Current Longest Home Win Streaks
Duke            38
Kentucky      36
Utah State    32
Ohio State   24
Alabama       23
Temple         22
Arizona         22
Notre Dame 21
Wisconson   20
Purdue         19
Harvard      18
UNC            17

Crimson Runs Deep
With 19 players on its roster, Harvard is tied for the sixth largest team in the country, trailing only Air Force (22), Army (22), Cornell (21), Syracuse (20) and Navy (20). Montana State, Columbia and New Orleans also have 19 players.

Ivy League Season Honors
Laurent Rivard
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Nov. 14)

Preseason Prognostications
For the first time in school history, Harvard was picked to win the Ivy League in the preseason conference poll. The Crimson received 16 of 17 possible first-place votes, earning 135 points.
 
Harvard, which was picked second last season, received first-place votes for only the fourth time in school history (2010-11, 1989-90 and 1988-89).
 
Getting It Done Everywhere
Brandyn Curry is averaging 4.0 assists per game, 3.5 steals per contest and 7.0 points per game while running the Harvard offense as the team's point guard.
 
Taking The Charge
In Harvard's 73-64 win over Holy Cross Nov. 15, Kyle Casey took five charges against opponents.
 
2011-12 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll
1. Harvard– 135 points (16 first-place votes)
2.  Yale– 103 (one first-place vote)
     Princeton– 103
4.  Penn–90
5.  Brown– 62
6.  Cornell– 52
7.  Columbia– 50
8.  Dartmouth– 17
 
Assists, No Turnovers
Harvard's duo of Oliver McNally and Brandyn Curry have combined to hand out 16 assists, while only committing one turnover between them.
 
Harvard Against the BCS
The Crimson is scheduled to play three BCS opponents this season (vs. Utah at Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 24, at Connecticut Dec. 8 and at Boston College Dec. 29). Harvard could also face Florida State and UConn, a second time, at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. Harvard was 2-3 against the BCS last year, defeating Boston College for the third straight time and downing Colorado.
 
Harvard owns a 5-8 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated BC three times and topped Michigan and Colorado during Amaker's tenure.
 
Rejection List
With  one block this season, Keith Wright now ranks fourth in program history with 107 rejections. Brian Cusworth '07 holds the Harvard record with 147 career blocks. Wright's 54 blocks last year also stand second in Harvard history for a single season. Brian Banks '78 had 59 rejections during the 1977-78 campaign.
 
Feeling It From Long Range
Laurent Rivard drilled four treys, while Oliver McNally hit two from long range in the opener against MIT. Kyle Casey followed with two from beyond the arc at Holy Cross. At least one Harvard player made at least two 3-pointers in 27 of 30 games last season, and at least one Crimson player has done so in the first two games this year.
 
Making The Most Of It
Oliver McNally went 7-of-7 at the foul line at Holy Cross and is shooting 1.000 percent from the line this season. Christian Webster is Harvard's career leader in free-throw shooting, making 88.8 percent of his attempts (167-of-188) over his first three seasons.
 
Last season, the Crimson ranked second in the nation as a team with an 80.8 percent success rate from the charity stripe (just behind Wisconsin's 81.8 shooting percentage). Harvard owns the NCAA record for team free-throw percentage for a season (82.2 percent in 1983-84) Harvard is currently shooting 54.5 percent from the line this season.

Harvard and Amaker Against LMU
The Crimson has never played against LMU under Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker.

Offense, Defense
The Crimson leads the Ancient Eight in offense (74.5 points per game) and defense (56.5 points allowed per game). Harvard also leads in scoring margin (+18.0), 14 points more than Penn (+4.0).

Double-Double Show
Keith Wright paces the Crimson with one double-double this year. Harvard players combined for 17 double-doubles last season: Keith Wright (12), Brandyn Curry (3)  and Kyle Casey (2).

Harvard Down The Stretch
The Crimson is shooting 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from the floor and 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the line in the final five minutes of games this season. Harvard has also only been whistled for four fouls in the last five minutes.
 
Carrying The Flag
Through two games, Harvard is the lone unbeaten Ivy League team.
 
Night and Day
Harvard owns a 2-0 record in night games in 2011-12. The Crimson owned a 16-5 record during evening games and a 7-2 mark during afternoon contests last year.
 
Dunk Tally - 2011-12
Kyle Casey                                                2
Steve Moundou-Miss                                 2
Keith Wright                                              2
Wesley Saunders                                      1
 
Harvard had a season-high five dunks at Holy Cross Nov. 15.
 
Scoring In Bunches
Harvard is 1-0 this season when scoring 75 or more points. The Crimson enjoyed a perfect 12-0 mark when scoring 75 or more points in 2010-11.
 
In The Paint
Harvard has a 86-56 advantage in points in the paint this season.
 
Points Off Mistakes
The Crimson has scored 66 points off turnovers this season, while opponents have only tallied 25 points off Harvard miscues.
 
Shooting Success
The Crimson paces the Ancient Eight in shooting percentage this year, making 57-of-109 shots (.523).
 
20 In The Victory Column
For the second time in as many seasons and for just the second time in school history, Harvard  reached the 20-win plateau, owning a 23-7 record (12-2 Ivy) in 2010-11. During 2009-10, the Crimson finished 21-8 overall and 10-4 in the Ivy League.