Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ithaca Journal Scouts Harvard


* Matchup: Cornell at Harvard, 6 p.m.

* Radio: WVBR (93.5).

* Online: Follow Brian Delaney's in-game tweets (@BDelaneyIJ) at www.ithacajournal.com/twitter.

* Coach: Tommy Amaker (fourth season)

* Last time out: Harvard hosted Columbia on Friday night. Last weekend, it beat Dartmouth, 59-50, at Lavietes Pavilion.

* Probable starters: Brandyn Curry (6-1, 195, soph., G), Oliver McNally (6-3, 180, jr., G), Christian Webster (6-5, 205, soph., G), Kyle Casey (6-7, 215, soph., F), Keith Wright (6-8, 240, jr., F).

* Key reserves: Laurent Rivard (6-5, 215, fr., G), Matt Brown (6-3, 205, fr., G), Jeff Georgatos (6-7, 210, soph., F), Andrew Van Nest (6-10, 235, jr., F).

* Statistically: Harvard has no seniors. ... McNally shoots 46 percent from the three-point arc (24 for 52). ... Crimson shoots 80.6 percent from the free throw line, tops in the Ivy League and second in Division I. ... Leading scorers are Wright (14.3 points per game), Webster (13.7), Rivard (12.6) and McNally (10.6). Wright shoots 58.6 percent from the field. ... Webster did not play against Dartmouth due to injury.

* Outlook: Harvard and Princeton entered the Ivy League season as prohibitive favorites after success in the non-league schedule. The Crimson is good inside and out, be it off the dribble or the catch. It is capable of going on explosive runs, like the 23-2 spurt they put on Dartmouth last weekend. Wright has been a tough guard inside, and Rivard is enjoying an excellent season. The strength of Harvard has been great chemistry and balance. The Crimson plays well together and don't care who gets it done.

Cornell has to play an outstanding game to get a victory here. Harvard is expected to draw a big crowd for this one, and will be geared up to pay back Cornell for last season's series sweep.

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