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No. 24/25 Crimson Men's Basketball Visits BU Saturday; Game Shown Live on NESN

Christian Webster and the No. 24/25 Crimson sport an 8-1 record on the season (Kerzner International/Issac Baldizon).

The Particulars
No. 24/25 Harvard (8-1), heads back on the road to face Boston University (4-5) at Agganis Arena live on NESN Saturday at 4 p.m. Harvard will be the first ranked team ever to play at Agganis Arena.

Game Coverage
The game will be broadcast live on NESN. John Rish and Abu Bakr will have the call on television. NESN is also available on Direct TV ( channel 628) and the Dish Network (channels 434, 5434).

WHRB's Charlie Hobbs and Ben Zauzmer will have the audio call on GoCrimson.com. Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.

Series History
Harvard and BU have met 60 times, with the Crimson leading the series, 33-27. After the Terriers won eight straight in the series from 2001-2008, the Crimson have taken the last two meetings, including an 87-71 victory at Lavietes Pavilion Dec. 11, 2010.

Last Time Out
Kyle Casey notched 12 points, while Keith Wright (nine) and Christian Webster (eight) also contributed offensively, but the Crimson dropped its first game of the season, falling, 67-53, at No. 9/9 Connecticut Thursday evening. Brandyn Curry made six assists, while Oliver McNally added four dishes in a game shown live nationally on ESPN2.

BU's Last Time Out
Darryl Partin scored 24 points, making 6-of-18 field-goal attempts, but the Terriers fell at Saint Joseph's, 75-68, Wednesday evening. Patrick Hazel was kept scoreless, but grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while D.J. Irving dished out five assists.

Casting Ballots
The Crimson is ranked No. 24 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and No. 25 in the AP rankings, marking the first time in program history Harvard is ranked in a major poll. The Crimson is the first Ivy team ranked in the AP poll since Princeton was rated No. 8 in the final poll of the 1997-98 season. Cornell was the last team ranked in the coaches poll, garnering a spot at No. 17 in the final poll of that season.

Harvard is the only Ivy League team to have received a vote in a major national poll this season.

RPI Watch
Harvard currently sits at No. 25 in the RPI, according to collegerpi.com. The Crimson earned the highest ranking in program history, No. 14, Dec. 2.

Harvard Against the America East
The Crimson owns an 88-60 mark all-time against current members of the America East Conference. Harvard is 1-0 against America East teams this season after earning a 55-48 win at Vermont Dec. 1.

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 four straight 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.

Defense Wins Games
The Crimson enters the week 10th in the country in scoring defense (54.4 points allowed per game).

Harvard had not allowed more than 49 points in four straight games (Nov. 24-Dec. 1) for the first time since the 1946-47 season, which was prior to the invention of the shot clock and the 3-point line.

Harvard Against the BCS
The Crimson is scheduled to play at least four BCS opponents this season (vs. Utah at Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 24, Florida State at Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 25, at Connecticut Dec. 8 and at Boston College Dec. 29). The Crimson is 2-1 against BCS teams this season after downing Utah, 75-47, and topping No. 20 Florida State, 46-41. The Crimson fell at No. 9 UConn, 67-53, Dec. 8.

Harvard owns a 7-9 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated BC three times and topped Michigan, Colorado, Utah and Florida State during Amaker's tenure. The Crimson has also defeated at least one BCS team in each of the last five seasons.

Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 19-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 eighth longest current streak in the NCAA. Duke is enjoying the longest current streak with 40 straight home wins.

On The Big Screen
The Crimson will play at least seven games on national or regional television this season: Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 24-26 (HDNet and Versus), at Connecticut Dec. 8 (ESPN2), at Boston University Dec. 10 (NESN) at Boston College Dec. 29 (ESPN3) and at Princeton Feb. 11 (ESPNU).

Harvard is 3-1 on TV this year after earning a 75-47 win over Utah, a 46-41 victory over No. 20 Florida State and a 59-49 win over Central Florida at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Harvard's lone loss came at No. 9 UConn, 67-53, on ESPN2 Dec. 9.

Nation's Current Longest Home Win Streaks
Through (Dec. 4)
Duke            40
Kentucky      39
Ohio State    30
Notre Dame 25
Temple         23
Purdue         22
UNC           20
Harvard      19
George Mason 18
Bucknell       17

Road Warriors
The Crimson, which currently owns a 6-1 record in road/neutral sites, will play a total of 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 3-1 on the road and 3-0 in neutral sites in 2011-12.

Harvard As a Ranked Team
The No. 24/25 Crimson is 0-1 as a ranked team in program history after falling at No. 9 Connecticut, 67-53, Thursday evening.

Harvard Against Ranked Opponents
The Crimson is 2-5 over the last five seasons against ranked opponents.When Harvard played No. 4 Connecticut Dec. 22, 2010, it marked the first time the Crimson had faced a team ranked that high since Harvard fell at No. 1 Duke, 118-65, Nov. 30, 1991.

Harvard earned the program's first-ever victory over a ranked opponent when the team downed No. 17 Boston College, 82-70, Jan. 7, 2009. The Crimson picked up a second win over a top 25 team by defeating No. 20 Florida State, 46-41, Nov. 25, 2011.

Night and Day
Harvard owns a 5-1 record in night games and a 3-0 mark in day contests in 2011-12.

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 250th career coaching victory Dec. 4, 2011 against Seattle at Lavietes Pavilion. Amaker has guided Harvard to its national ranking, as the Crimson was ranked No. 25 in the AP poll and No. 24  in the ESPN/USA Today coaches ranking on Dec. 5, 2011. Amaker also led the Crimson 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 2010-11.

He brings a 250-191 career head coaching record into today's game, including a 74-52 mark at Harvard, a 108-84 record at Michigan and a 68-55 record at Seton Hall.

Rejection List
With 12 blocks this season, Keith Wright now ranks second in program history with 118 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.

Season Honors
Laurent Rivard
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Nov. 14, Dec. 5)
Jonah Travis
- Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 5)
Keith Wright
- Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament MVP
- Ivy League Player of the Week (Nov. 28).
- Ivy League Honor Roll (Nov. 21)

Assists, No Turnovers
Harvard's duo of Oliver McNally and Brandyn Curry has combined to hand out 66 assists, while only committing 30 turnovers between them.

Making The Most Of It
Oliver McNally went 7-of-7 at the foul line at Holy Cross and shot 6-of-6 at Loyola Marymount and is shooting 86.7 percent from the line this season (26-of-30). Laurent Rivard is also making 86.7 percent of his foul shots (13-of-15). Christian Webster is Harvard's career leader in free-throw shooting, making 88.9 percent of his attempts (169-of-190) 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 72.2 percent from the line this season.

Harvard and Amaker Against BU
The Crimson is 2-2 against Boston University under head coach Tommy Amaker.

Hitting Baskets
Keith Wright stands fourth in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage, hitting 55.4 percent of his attempts this season (41-of-74).

Offense, Defense
Entering the weekend, the Crimson ranks first in the Ivy League in defense (55.8 points allowed per game) and fourth in scoring offense (66.0 ponts per contest). Harvard is also second in scoring margin (+10.2).

Double-Double Show
Keith Wright and Jonah Travis pace the Crimson with one double-double apiece 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 74.1 percent (43-of-58) from the line in the final five minutes of games this season. Harvard is also shooting 38.5 percent from long distance (5-of-13) during the last five minutes. Harvard has also only been whistled for 25 fouls in the last five minutes, while opponents have been called for 36 fouls.

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.

Dunk Tally - 2011-12
Kyle Casey                                                  5
Keith Wright                                              4
Steve Moundou-Missi                                2
Wesley Saunders                                         3
Jonah Travis                                               1

Harvard had a season-high five dunks at Holy Cross Nov. 15.

Scoring In Bunches
Harvard is 4-0 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
Opponents are outscoring the Crimson, 244-238, in points in the paint this season. The Crimson scored a season-high 46 points in the paint at Holy Cross Nov. 15.

Points Off Mistakes
The Crimson has scored 151 points off turnovers this season, while opponents have only tallied 97 points off Harvard miscues.

Youth Movement
Harvard's freshman class is playing 23.8 percent of the team's minutes this season (429 of 1,800 minutes).

Battle 4 Atlantis
Harvard went 3-0 at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Nov. 24-26, winning the inaugural title. The Crimson downed Utah, No. 20 Florida State and Central Florida and did not allow more than 49 points in any of the three games. Keith Wright was named tournament MVP after averaging 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.