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Harvard Men's Basketball Welcomes Brown, Yale to Lavietes in Weekend Action

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Brandyn Curry and the Crimson will play their next four games at home (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
Harvard (21-3, 7-1 Ivy) sits in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League and will host Brown (7-18, 1-7) Friday evening and Yale (16-6, 6-2) Saturday evening.

The Crimson is off to the best start of an Ivy League school since Princeton in 1997-98 (23-1). Harvard's 21-3 overall start is the best start in program history. The Crimson is also off to a 7-1 Ivy League start for the second consecutive season. Harvard is looking to earn a season sweep of Brown and Yale after defeating both opponents on the road last month.
 
Game Coverage
Live video
will be available with a subscription at GoCrimson.com. WHRB's Charlie Hobbs and James Yoon will have the audio call on GoCrimson.com. Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
 
Around the Ivy League
The Crimson sits in first at 7-1, ahead of Yale (6-2) and Penn (5-2). In other games Friday, Cornell visits Penn, Dartmouth hosts Yale and Princeton welcomes Columbia.
 
Series History Against Brown
The Crimson holds a 90-72 advantage in the all-time series against the Bears, dating back to 1900-01. Harvard has won five straight against Brown and six of the last seven overall vs. the Bears. Last season, the Crimson overcame a 24-point deficit early in the second half in a 85-78 victory at Lavietes Pavilion Feb. 12. Harvard downed Brown, 68-59, in Providence, R.I., early this season on Jan. 28.
 
Series History Against Yale
The Bulldogs own a 113-70 advantage in the all-time series, but the Crimson has taken five of the last  six meetings between the schools. On Jan. 27, the Crimson earned a 65-35 victory over the Bulldogs in New Haven, Conn. The 30-point win marked the widest margin of victory for Harvard in the all-time series against its archrival.

On The Line: "Statement Week"
As part of Black History Month, Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker has teamed up with ON THE LINE to raise awareness of prostate cancer in African American men. Coach Amaker and coaches across the country are raising awareness to make a statement for men's health. Visit OnTheLine.com to learn more about prostate cancer.

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, making prostate cancer more prevalent than breast cancer. African American men are at even greater risk, as one in five will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. African American men are also more likely to develop prostate cancer than other ethnic groups and are more likely to die from the disease.

During Black History Month in February, ON THE LINE, a national prostate cancer education and awareness campaign, is teaming up with the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA), the organization that represents and supports African American collegiate basketball and football coaches, to encourage African American men to not only learn the risk factors of prostate cancer, but also how to communicate with loved ones and physicians about their health.ON THE LINE and the BCA are proclaiming the week of Feb. 18-26 as "Statement Week." 

During Statement Week, nearly 100 African American NCAA Division 1 men's basketball coaches will show their support and raise awareness of prostate cancer by wearing a bow tie or ON THE LINE button during their games. Partnering with such an impressive and extensive team of coaches will create an unprecedented level of prostate cancer awareness across America not only in the NCAA arenas, but in the homes of the millions of Americans that will be tuning in to watch their favorite teams

Help Coach Amaker make a statement for men's health. Visit OnTheLine.com to learn more about prostate cancer.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Keith Wright earned his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, while Brandyn Curry (15 points) and Kyle Casey (12 points) also reached double figures, but the Crimson fell on the road at Princeton by a score of 70-62 Feb. 11. Harvard made 25-of-56 field goals (.446) in the game, and was 7-of-11 from the line (.636).
 
Brown's Last Time Out
The Bears dropped their fifth straight game, losing at Cornell, 72-63, Feb. 11. Matt Sullivan led all players with a 21-point effort on 7-of-13 shooting, while Stephen Albrecht chipped in with 11 points. After only trailing by two, 36-34, at the half, Brown shot 15.4 percent from beyond the arc in the second half, as the Big Red pulled away.
 
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard is riding a 25-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 second longest current streak in the NCAA. Kentucky is enjoying the longest current streak with 49 straight home wins.
 
Nation's Current Longest Home Win Streaks
Through (Feb. 12)
Kentucky      49
Harvard      25
Oral Roberts 22
Long Island 21
Syracuse       20

 
Best Ivy Start
Harvard began conference play with a 7-0 start  for the first time in program history. The Crimson is 7-1 in the Ivy League for the second straight season and finished 12-2 in the Ancient Eight and earned its first Ivy title last season.
 
Harvard Against The Ivy League
Over the last two seasons, the Crimson boasts an 19-4 (.826) against Ivy League opponents. During that stretch, the Crimson is 9-3 (.750) against Ancient Eight opponents on the road and 10-0 at home (1.000). This season, Harvard is 7-1 in conference games, having swept Dartmouth, defeated Yale, Brown and Penn in road contests and downed Cornell and Columbia at home. The Crimson's lone conference loss came at Princeton.
 
Back To 20
For the third straight year and the third time in program history, Harvard has won 20 games in a season, boasting a 21-3 overall mark this season. The Crimson went 21-8 in 2009-10 and posted a 23-7 overall mark last season.
 
Stepping Up On D
The Crimson is allowing only 54.2 points per game this season, good for fourth in the nation in scoring defense. Wisconsin paces the nation, surrendering only 50.3 points per contest, while Virginia sits second (51.9 points allowed per game) and Wyoming sits third (54.0 ppg). Harvard has only allowed 70 points twice and surrendered 50 or less points in 10 games and less than 40 points twice.
 
Free-Throw Defense
Entering the weekend, Harvard was 10th in the nation in free throw shooting defense, as opponents are only making 64.2 percent of attempts (207-of-328). Coppin State leads the nation (.618).
 
Rejection List
With 39 blocks this season, Keith Wright now ranks second in program history with 145 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.
 
Kyle Casey has rejected 85 blocks in his career, including 30 this season, ranking him fifth in program history in rejections.
 
Handing Out Dishes
Brandyn Curry has handed out 388 assists in his career, ranking the junior seventh in program history. Curry needs three more helpers to tie Mike Gielen '89 (391) for sixth in the Harvard record books.
 
On The Big Screen
The Crimson will play at least seven games on national or regional television this season.
 
Harvard is 5-2 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) and at Princeton (ESPNU).
 
Coming Down With It
With his 12-rebound performance at Princeton Feb. 11, Keith Wright now has 23 double digit rebound games in his career. Wright also has four double-doubles this season and has led Harvard in rebounding in 19 of 24 contests. Wright stands seventh in program history with 686 career rebounds. Harvard has outrebounded 12 of its last 14 opponents.
 
Casting Ballots
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. On Jan. 2, Harvard was No. 21 in the coaches poll and No. 22 in the AP poll, the highest rankings in program history. The Crimson matched the No. 21 ranking in the coaches poll Feb. 6.
 
Harvard is the only Ivy League team to have received at least one vote in a major national poll this season. The Crimson appeared in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll eight straight weeks: Dec. 19-Feb. 6.

Harvard As a Ranked Team
The Crimson is 12-3 as a ranked team in program history with wins this season over Boston University, Florida Atlantic, Boston College, Saint Joseph's, Dartmouth (twice), Monmouth, George Washington, Yale, Brown, Cornell and Columbia. Harvard is 6-0 at home as a ranked squad, while boasting a 6-3 record on the road when ranked nationally.

RPI Watch
Harvard currently sits at No. 37 in the RPI, according to collegerpi.com. The Crimson earned the highest ranking in program history, No. 14, Dec. 2, 2011.
 
Protecting The Ball
Entering the week, Brandyn Curry ranked first in the Ivy League in assist/turnover ratio (2.5).

Double-Double Show
Keith Wright leads the Crimson with four double-doubles (at Holy Cross Nov. 15, Florida Atlantic Dec. 22, at Monmouth Jan. 10 and at Princeton Feb. 11), while Kyle Casey (Saint Joseph's Dec. 31) and Jonah Travis (Seattle Dec. 4) have recorded one apiece this year. Wright has amassed 17 double-doubles over the course of his career in Cambridge.

Hitting Baskets
Keith Wright stands second in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage, hitting 58.7 percent of his attempts this season (108-of-184).

Harvard and Amaker Against Brown and Yale
The Crimson boasts a 6-3 mark against Brown under coach Amaker. Harvard has won six of the last seven and five straight vs. the Bears.

The Crimson is 5-4 against Yale under head coach Tommy Amaker. Harvard has won four of the last five games in the series.
 
Iron Horse
Oliver McNally has played in 111 games during his Harvard career, putting him third in program history. McNally is just four games shy of tying Jeremy Lin '10 for the most games played in Harvard history (115). Keith Wright has played in 102 games, placing him 14th in program history.
 
Sold Out Lavietes
Harvard has had six sellout crowds at Lavietes Pavilion already this season (MIT, Saint Joseph's, Dartmouth, George Washington, Cornell and Columbia). In addition, the upcoming games against Brown, Yale, Princeton and Penn are all sold out. The Crimson is going to sell out 10 of its 12 home games this season, a program record.
 
Defense Wins Games
The Crimson enters the week third in the country in scoring defense (54.2 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.The Crimson also surrendered 38 or less points in two straight games (Jan. 21-27) for the first time since 1946-47. Harvard has only allowed more than 60 points in eight of 24 games this year and has held opponents to less than 60 points in six of the last eight contests.
 
Road Warriors
The Crimson, which currently owns a 13-3 record in road/neutral sites, will play a total of 18 road/neutral games this winter. Harvard's 13 road/neutral sites wins this year is a new program record, surpassing 10 victories during the 2009-10 campaign. The Crimson is 10-3 on the road and 3-0 in neutral sites in 2011-12.

LinSanity: Harvard In The NBA
Former Harvard guard and three-time All-Ivy League honoree Jeremy Lin '10 has made quite an impact this season as a member of the New York Knicks. Lin is averaging 11.9 points per game and 4.1 assists per contest in 14 games with the New York Knicks this season. Lin tallied a career-high 38 points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers Feb. 10, 2012.

With his NBA debut for the Golden State Warriors against the Los Angeles Clippers Oct. 29, 2010, Lin became the first Ivy League player to suit up for an NBA team since Penn's Matt Maloney played for the Atlanta Hawks and Yale's Chris Dudley was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2003. 
 
Lin joined former Harvard standouts Saul Mariaschin '47 (Boston Celtics) and Edward Smith '51 (New York Knicks) as Crimson players who have seen time in the NBA. During his first season in the NBA with Golden State, Lin played in 29 games, averaging 2.6 points per game and 1.4 assists per contest.