2009–10 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team

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2009–10 Harvard Crimson men's basketball
Harvard Crimson.svg
Conference Ivy League
Ranking
Coaches #NR
AP #NR
2009–10 record 21–7 (10–4 Ivy League)
Head coach Tommy Amaker
Assistant coach Kenny Blakeney
Assistant coach Brian DeStefano
Assistant coach Yanni Hufnagel
Home arena Lavietes Pavilion
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Ivy League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Cornell 13 1   .929     29 5   .853
Princeton 11 3   .786     22 9   .710
Harvard 10 4   .714     21 9   .700
Yale 6 8   .429     12 19   .387
Columbia 5 9   .357     11 17   .393
Brown 5 9   .357     11 20   .355
Penn 5 9   .357     6 22   .214
Dartmouth 1 13   .071     5 23   .179
As of March 21, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team represented Harvard University in the Ivy League athletic conference during the 2009-10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team played its home games in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the Lavietes Pavilion, which has a capacity of 2,195. The team was led by third-year head coach Tommy Amaker and starred highly touted prospect Jeremy Lin.

Building on the success of the prior season when the 2008–09 team beat then ranked Boston College (#17 AP Poll/#24 Coaches' Poll) for the program's first win over a ranked team in the school's history,[1] The 2009–10 team broke many all-time program records including the following:[2]

  • most wins (21)
  • most non-conference wins (11)
  • most home wins (11)
  • most road/neutral wins (10)

The team received a vote in the AP Poll four times: (November 23, January 11, January 18 and January 25).[3] Amaker was a nominee for the inaugural Ben Jobe Award as the top minority Division I college basketball coach.[2] Amaker was recognized by Fox Sports as the 2010 Ivy League Coach of the Year.[4]

As a result of its 21–7 overall record and a 10–4 Ivy League conference record, the team was invited to play in the 16-team single-elimination 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Over the course of the season, the team was highly publicized, with Lin being featured in Sports Illustrated and ESPN,[5][6] while the team's early match against defending conference champion Cornell was written up in Time.[7]

Preseason[edit]

The Ivy League held its pre-season media day on October 28, 2009 in Princeton, New Jersey. The league's media unanimously voted Cornell the preseason #1 for the second straight season. Harvard was ranked fourth.[8]

Honors[edit]

Over the course of the season, the Ivy League office recognized several members of the team regularly for excellent play:

Week Player of the week Rookie of the week
November 16[9] Jeremy Lin, G, Harvard Dee Giger, G, Harvard
December 7[10] Jeremy Lin, G, Harvard
December 14[11] Jeremy Lin, G, Harvard
January 4[12] Kyle Casey, F, Harvard
January 25[13] Kyle Casey, F, Harvard
February 8[14] Kyle Casey, F, Harvard
February 15[15] Kyle Casey, F, Harvard Kyle Casey, F, Harvard
March 1[16] Jeremy Lin, G, Harvard Brandyn Curry, G, Harvard
March 8[17] Brandyn Curry, G, Harvard

During the season, Lin was recognized as one of eleven finalists for the Bob Cousy Award.[18] He was one of 31 midseason watchlist candidates for the Wooden Award.[19] At the conclusion of the 2009–10 Ivy League men's basketball season, Lin was selected as a repeat first team All-Ivy selection after becoming the first player in Ivy League history to record 1,450 points (1,471), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (401) and 200 steals (224).[20] He was also selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District team.[21]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Lin powers Harvard to rare upset over No. 24 BC". ESPN.com. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Amaker Named Finalist For Jobe Award". Harvard University. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  3. ^ "2011-12 Ivy League Men's Basketball: Week 2 • November 14, 2011". IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 4. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  4. ^ Goodman, Jeff (2010-03-09). "All-Conference teams and awards". Fox Sports. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  5. ^ Torre, Pablo S. (2010-02-01). "Harvard School Of Basketball". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  6. ^ O'Neil, Dana (2009-12-10). "Immigrant dream plays out through son: Harvard's do-it-all star learned the game from his father and a host of NBA legends". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  7. ^ Gregory, Sean (2009-12-31). "Harvard's Hoops Star Is Asian. Why's That a Problem?". Time. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  8. ^ Cornell Unanimously Picked by Media to Three-peat, Ivy League, retrieved 2009-10-31
  9. ^ Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report 2 – 11/16, Ivy League, retrieved 2009-11-17
  10. ^ Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report 5 – 12/07, Ivy League, retrieved 2009-12-07
  11. ^ Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report 6 – 12/14, Ivy League, retrieved 2009-12-22
  12. ^ Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report 9 – 1/4, Ivy League, retrieved 2010-01-11
  13. ^ Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report 12 – 1/25, Ivy League, retrieved 2010-03-14
  14. ^ Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report 14 – 2/8, Ivy League, retrieved 2010-03-14
  15. ^ Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report 15 – 2/15, Ivy League, retrieved 2010-03-14
  16. ^ Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report 17 – 3/1, Ivy League, retrieved 2010-03-14
  17. ^ Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report 18 – 3/8, Ivy League, retrieved 2010-03-14
  18. ^ "Fans! Vote Jeremy Lin For Bob Cousy Award". Harvard University. 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  19. ^ "Harvard's Lin Named to Wooden Midseason Watch List". Ivyleaguesports.com. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-04-03. [dead link]
  20. ^ "All-Ivy Men's Basketball – 2009–10". Ivyleaguesports.com. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-04-03. [dead link]
  21. ^ "Lin, Wittman Named USBWA All-District". Ivyleaguesports.com. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2010-04-03. [dead link]