Jeremy Lin drawing a crowd

Santa Clara is expecting to sell out the 4,500-seat Leavey Center for its game tonight, with whatever remaining tickets available being snapped up this morning.

That's because Harvard is in town.

Yes, it's going to be somewhat of a circus tonight when Harvard guard Jeremy Lin plays in front of a hometown crowd that is expected to include a big Asian American presence in the stands and on press row.

The former Palo Alto (Calif.) High star has made a name for himself with a fallaway buzzer beater against William & Mary, a 30-point performance against Connecticut, and 25 more in an upset of Boston College.

On Saturday against Seattle, Lin scored a game-high 21 points, topping NBA prospect Charles Garcia, who is the NCAA's leading scorer per 40 minutes.

Harvard is off to a 10-3 start and is out looking for respect, as evidenced by the Seattle game recap on the Crimson's Web site, which notes a two-month-old shot at Harvard taken by a Seattle online magazine.

Respect is what Lin is getting more and more of these days, as Dana O'Neil recently wrote.