No. 23/24 Crimson Men's Basketball Closes Out 2011 by Hosting Saint Joseph's
Christian Webster and the Crimson have won 20 straight home games (Gil Talbot).
No. 23/24 Harvard (11-1) returns to the friendly confines of Lavietes Pavilion to welcome Saint Joseph's (10-3) for a non-conference matchup Saturday afternoon. The Crimson has tied the 1984-85 team for the program's best start since the 1945-46 campaign when Harvard began the year 19-1.
A video stream will be available (with a subscription), and WHRB's Charlie Hobbs and Scott Reed will have the audio call on GoCrimson.com. Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Harvard and Saint Joseph's have only met once on the court, an 87-69 win for the Hawks back during the 1998-99 season.
Harvard Against The Atlantic 10
Harvard owns an 18-36 record against teams that are current members of the Atlantic 10 conference.
Last Time Out
In its 67-46 win over Boston College Thursday, Harvard shot 10-of-20 from long distance (.500), as well as 86.7 percent from the foul line (13-of-15). Laurent Rivard paced the Crimson with 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, while Corbin Miller added 12 points (4-of-5 from 3). Brandyn Curry tallied 12 points to go along with five steals and five assists.
Saint Joseph's Last Time Out
The Hawks defeated Morgan State, 81-50, Wednesday evening. Four Saint Joseph's players reached double figures in scoring: Carl Jones (16), Ronald Roberts (15), Langston Galloway (14) and Chris Wilson (10). The Hawks, which only made 50 percent of its foul shots (9-of-18), shot 51.8 percent from the field (33-of-64) in the victory.
Harvard As a Ranked Team
The No. 23/24 Crimson is 3-1 as a ranked team in program history with wins this season over Boston University, Florida Atlantic and Boston College.
Kings of Massachusetts' Courts
The Crimson is currently on a 14-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 Boston College and three against Boston University.
Harvard is 4-0 this season against Massachusetts teams, having defeated MIT, Holy Cross, BU and BC.
The Crimson picked up the program's 1,000th win with its 67-46 victory at Boston College Dec. 29.
The Crimson is ranked No. 23 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and No. 24 in the AP poll, marking the highest respective rankings in program history. Earlier this season, the Crimson became the first Ivy team ranked in the AP poll since Princeton was rated No. 8 in the final poll of the 1997-98 season.
Harvard is the only Ivy League team to have received at least one vote in a major national poll this season.
Harvard currently sits at No. 30 in the RPI, according to collegerpi.com. The Crimson earned the highest ranking in program history, No. 14, Dec. 2.
The Crimson will play at least seven games on national or regional television this season.
Harvard is 5-1 on TV this year after earning wins over Utah (HDNet), No. 20/22 Florida State (Versus) and Central Florida (Versus) at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Crimson also defeated Boston University (NESN) and Boston College (ESPN3), but fell on the road at No. 9/9 Connecticut (ESPN2).
Coming Down With It
With his 11-rebound performance against Boston College Dec. 29, Keith Wright now has 18 double digit rebound games in his career. Wright also has two double-doubles this season and has led Harvard in rebounding in nine of 12 contests.
Going To The Line
Entering the week, Harvard stood second nation in free-throw shooting defense, as opponents are only making 57.4 percent of foul-shot attempts.
Up By 20
Harvard has won four games by 20 or more points this season, having downed MIT, Utah, Boston University and Boston College. Under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson has won 21 games by 20 or more points.
Defense Wins Games
The Crimson enters the week 13th in the country in scoring defense (55.0 points allowed per game).
Harvard Against the BCS
The Crimson is 3-1 against BCS teams this season after Utah, then-No. 20 Florida State and Boston College. The Crimson fell at No. 9 UConn, 67-53, Dec. 8.
Harvard owns an 8-9 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated BC four times and has also 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.
The Crimson, which currently owns an 8-1 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 5-1 on the road and 3-0 in neutral sites in 2011-12.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 20-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 ninth longest current streak in the NCAA. Kentucky is enjoying the longest current streak with 43 straight home wins.
Nation's Current Longest Home Win Streaks
Through (Dec. 29)
Ohio State 34
Notre Dame 28
North Carolina 24
Texas State 16
Entering the week, Harvard ranked second in the nation in free-throw defense, as opponents had only made 57.4 percent of its foul-shot attempts (105-of-183). Northern Arizona stands first (.573).
Harvard owns a 7-1 record in night games and a 4-0 mark in day contests in 2011-12.