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Harvard Men's Basketball Appears in National Polls

Photo and Story Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the first time in program history, the Harvard men's basketball team is ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches national polls. The Crimson appears at No. 25 in the country in the AP rankings and No. 24 in the coaches poll.

The Crimson becomes the first Ivy League team to be ranked nationally in a major poll since Cornell was rated No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today poll during the 2010 season. The last Ivy team to appear in the AP was the 1997-98 Princeton team that finished No. 8 in the rankings.

Harvard, which is off to an 8-0 start for the first time since the 1984-85 campaign, won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Nov. 26, defeating Utah, then-No. 20 Florida State and Central Florida along the way. The Crimson sits at 2-0 at home, 3-0 in road contests and 3-0 in neutral-site games. Harvard is one of 15 remaining undefeated teams in the country and owns a 19-game win streak, tied for the seventh longest in the nation.

The Crimson appears No. 17 in the latest RPI, according to collegerpi.com and No. 14 in the Sagarin rankings. Harvard was just outside of the Top 25 polls last week, earning 101 votes in the AP poll and 61 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Keith Wright leads Harvard with 11.4 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per contest, while Kyle Casey (10.9 ppg) and Laurent Rivard (10.1 ppg) are also averaging double figures.