2010–11 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team

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2010–11 Harvard Crimson men's basketball
Harvard Crimson.svg
Ivy League Co-Champion
One-game playoff vs. Princeton, Lost 63–62
2011 NIT, #6 Seed, Lost 71–54, 1st round v. Oklahoma State
Conference Ivy League
2010–11 record 23–7 (12–2, 1st-T Ivy League)
Head coach Tommy Amaker
Captain Oliver McNally
Captain Keith Wright
Home arena Lavietes Pavilion
Seasons
« 2009–10 2011–12 »
2010–11 Ivy League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Princeton 12 2   .857     25 7   .781
Harvard 12 2   .857     23 7   .767
Yale 8 6   .571     15 13   .536
Penn 7 7   .500     13 15   .464
Columbia 6 8   .429     15 13   .536
Cornell 6 8   .429     10 18   .357
Brown 4 10   .286     11 17   .393
Dartmouth 1 13   .071     5 23   .179
As of March 17, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010–11 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team represented Harvard University in the Ivy League athletic conference during the 2010–11 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 fourth-year head coach Tommy Amaker. By earning a share of the 2010–11 Ivy League men's basketball season title, the team became the first men's basketball Ivy League champion in school history.[1] This was the 100th season for Harvard basketball.[2]

After the annual 14-game double round robin schedule, Harvard and Princeton tied as co-champion, resulting in a one-game playoff to determine the league's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. After losing, the team earned an automatic bid to the 2011 National Invitation Tournament, where they lost in the first round. It was the school's first appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.[3]

The seniorless team was captained by Keith Wright and Oliver McNally.[4] Wright, a junior, was a unanimous All-Ivy first team selection and named Ivy League Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Sophomores Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry were named All-Ivy second team and sophomore Christian Webster was an honorable mention. The team established a new school record for single-season wins, a record for conference game wins and by going undefeated at home set a record for home wins.

Preseason[edit]

The team was coming off a 2009–10 season during which it set a school record for wins (21), non-conference wins (11), home wins (11), and road/neutral wins (10).[5] However, the team lost its star Jeremy Lin to the National Basketball Association.[6] The team entered the season not having participated in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament since the 1946 Tournament.[7] It also entered the season as the only member school not to have won at least one Ivy League men's basketball championship since the league was formed during the 1956–57 season.[1] Of the 34 men's and women's sports in which Harvard competes, this was the only sport that they had never won a championship. They had only finished in second three times in the past and only one of those was outright.[2]

Most preseason publications predicted Princeton would finish in first place and Harvard would finish in second place, although the Sporting News projected that Cornell would finish in first followed by Princeton and Harvard.[8] Breaking a three-year streak by Cornell, the Ivy League media poll selected Princeton as the top team with twelve first place votes, Harvard second with four first place votes and Cornell third with one first place vote.[8] It was the first Princeton team to be the preseason selection since the 2004–05 Princeton team.[8]

Season[edit]

Tommy Amaker moments after clinching Harvard's first Ivy League title

During the season, the team lost to its only ranked opponent, #4 Connecticut (December 22),[9] but defeated power conference opponents Boston College (January 5) of the Atlantic Coast Conference and Colorado (November 28) of the Big 12 Conference.[10][11] The Colorado victory was the team's first ever against a Big 12 opponent.[12] In addition to defeating Boston College, the team defeated other cross-town rivals Boston University (December 11) and MIT (December 31).[13][14] The team also lost to Amaker's former team (as a coach), Michigan (December 4).[15] The Harvard gameplan involved fast breaks initiated by its defensive and an inside-outside game.[16] Although Harvard never appeared in the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings, for a few weeks (January 24, January 31 and February 21 and March 7) during the season they received a vote in the AP Poll.[17][18][19][20]

As the season wound down, there was much ado in the press about a possible Harvard Ivy League championship.[2][21][22] The most recent Harvard team to be in contention for a championship entering the final weekend was the 1984 team.[23][24] On March 5, Harvard clinched a share of the league championship for the first time since the Ivy League was formed.[1] By defeating Princeton at home on March 5 and earning a split of the season series, they clinched at least a share of the 2010–11 Ivy League men's basketball season Championship with a 12–2 conference record. Princeton fell to 11–2 with one conference game remaining to force a one-game playoff for the conferences automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[1] Harvard finished the season a perfect 14–0 at home,[1][25] which surpassed the prior season's record of eleven home wins.[5] Harvard will enter the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season with a 17-game home streak (10th longest in the country).[26] Harvard's 12 conference game wins was also a school record.[27] On March 7, Harvard received a vote in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.[28] It was the first time in program history that they received votes in the Coaches' Poll.[20]

Postseason[edit]

On March 8, Princeton defeated Penn to force a one-game playoff at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.[29][30][31] Princeton won the playoff by a 63–62 margin.[32][33] However, many thought Harvard had a chance to make the tournament in spite of the loss as an at-large team.[16][34] Four of Harvard's regular season losses were to postseason contenders, and Cornell represented the conference well the year before.[34] Entering selection Sunday (March 13), Harvard ranked 35th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).[35] However, Harvard was not selected.[36] Unfortunately, neither of Harvard's quality wins (against Colorado and Boston College) helped them because both teams were left out of the NCAA tournament and relegated to number one seed status in the NIT tournament.[37] It was the Ivy League's first NIT invitation since the 2003 when Brown participated.[38] As a regular season champion not invited to the NCAA tournament, they were an automatic selection for the 2011 National Invitation Tournament, where they were seeded #6.[39] On March 15, Harvard was defeated by Oklahoma State by a 71–54 margin in the first round.[40] The final record of 23–7 established a school record for number of wins, surpassing the prior season's total of 21.[5][21] Harvard finished the season ranked 40th nationally by the Collegiate Basketball News RPI, CollegeRPI.com RPI and NCAA RPI.[41] The team finished second in the nation in free throw percentage (80.8%), led by Oliver McNally who was 2nd as an individual with a 92.6% and Christian Webster who was 12th with an 89.4%.[42] Harvard had no seniors on the team and was expected to be a contender again the following season.[43]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Regular season
November 13, 2010* 4:00 pm at George Mason Patriot CenterFairfax, VA L 53–66  6,536 0–1
November 17, 2010* 7:00 pm Holy Cross Lavietes PavilionBoston, MA W 72–49  1,253 1–1
November 20, 2010* 3:00 pm at Mercer University CenterMacon, GA W 75–69  2,934 2–1
November 24, 2010* 4:00 pm at Bryant Chace Athletic CenterSmithfield, RI W 69–66  450 3–1
November 28, 2010* 1:00 pm Colorado Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 82–66  954 4–1
December 1, 2010* 7:00 pm Fordham Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 80–57  774 5–1
December 4, 2010* 1:00 pm at Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI L 62–65  9,559 5–2
December 7, 2010* 7:00 pm Worcester Tech Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 69–54  578 6–2
December 11, 2010* 2:00 pm Boston University Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 87–71  1,487 7–2
December 22, 2010* 7:00 pm at #4 Connecticut XL CenterHartford, CT ESPN3 L 52–81  11,255 7–3
December 29, 2010* 7:00 pm Monmouth Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 74–69  819 8–3
December 31, 2010* 2:00 pm MIT Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 84–58  1,153 9–3
January 5, 2011* 7:00 pm at Boston College Silvio O. Conte ForumChestnut Hill, MA W 78–69  4,129 10–3
January 8, 2011 4:00 pm at Dartmouth Leede ArenaHanover, NH W 68–53  1,551 11–3 (1–0)
January 15, 2011* 2:00 pm at George Washington Charles E. Smith CenterWashington, DC W 67–62  2,632 12–3 (1–0)
January 22, 2011 2:00 pm Dartmouth Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 59–50  1,469 13–3 (2–0)
January 28, 2011 7:00 pm Columbia Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 77–66  1,601 14–3 (3–0)
January 29, 2011 6:00 pm Cornell Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 78–57  2,195 15–3 (4–0)
February 4, 2011 7:00 pm Princeton Jadwin GymnasiumPrinceton, NJ ESPNU L 61–65  4,148 15–4 (4–1)
February 5, 2011 7:00 pm at Penn PalestraPhiladelphia, PA W 83–82 2OT 6,283 16–4 (5–1)
February 11, 2011 7:00 pm Yale Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 78–75  1,763 17–4 (6–1)
February 12, 2011 7:00 pm Brown Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 85–78  1,377 18–4 (7–1)
February 18, 2011 7:00 pm at Cornell Newman ArenaIthaca, NY W 73–60  2,012 19–4 (8–1)
February 19, 2011 7:00 pm at Columbia Levien GymnasiumNew York, NY W 61–42  2,616 20–4 (9–1)
February 25, 2011 7:00 pm at Brown Pizzitola Sports CenterProvidence, RI W 74–68  1,525 21–4 (10–1)
February 26, 2011 6:00 pm at Yale Payne Whitney GymnasiumNew Haven, CT L 69–70  3,864 21–5 (10–2)
March 4, 2011 7:00 pm Columbia Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA W 79–64  2,195 22–5 (11–2)
March 5, 2011 7:00 pm Princeton Lavietes Pavilion • Boston, MA ESPN3 W 79–67  2,195 23–5 (12–2)
Ivy League Playoff
March 12, 2011 4:00 pm vs. Princeton Payne Whitney Gymnasium • New Haven, CT ESPN3 L 62–63    23–6
NIT
March 15, 2011* 7:30 pm at Oklahoma State Gallagher-Iba ArenaStillwater, OK
(First Round)
ESPN L 54–71  5,342 23–7
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Honors[edit]

In season[edit]

Each week the Ivy League selects a player of the week and a rookie of the week.[44]

Player of the Week Rookie of the Week
' Name School Class Position ' Name School Position
November 15, 2010 Keith Wright Harvard Jr. F
November 22, 2010 Christian Webster Harvard So. G
November 29, 2010 Keith Wright Harvard Jr. F
December 6, 2010 Laurent Rivard Harvard G
January 3, 2011 Laurent Rivard Harvard G
January 17, 2011 Laurent Rivard Harvard G
January 31, 2011 Kyle Casey Harvard So. F
February 14, 2011 Keith Wright Harvard Jr. F
March 7, 2011 Brandyn Curry Harvard So. G

Postseason honors[edit]

Keith Wright was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American, a CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson All-American and a National Association of Basketball Coaches First Team All-District selection.[45] The Ivy League selected its postseason awards on March 9.[46]
Player of the Year: Keith Wright, Harvard (Jr., F, Suffolk, VA)
All-Ivy League (ALL CAPS: Unanimous)

First Team All-Ivy: KEITH WRIGHT, Harvard (Jr., F, Suffolk, VA)
Second Team All-Ivy: Kyle Casey, Harvard (So., F, Medway, MA); Brandyn Curry, Harvard (So., G, Huntersville, NC)
Honorable Mention: Christian Webster, Harvard (So., G, Washington, DC)

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