Manhattan Visits Harvard Men's Basketball Friday Evening
Jonah Travis and the Crimson are 29-1 in their last 30 home games (Gil Talbot).
Harvard looks to return to its winning ways, as the Crimson hosts Manhattan at Lavietes Pavilion Friday evening.
Harvard video and audio will also be available with a subscription to GoCrimson.com. Brecka Fetzer and Charlie Hobbs will have the call.
Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against Manhattan
Harvard and Manhattan have played eight times since 1980-81, with the series tied, 4-4. The Jaspers won the last meeting between the schools, 77-66, during the 1987-88 campaign.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Wesley Saunders tallied a career-high 18 points, while Siyania Chambers added a career-best 14 points and seven assists, but the Crimson came up just short, falling at Massachusetts, 67-64, on ESPN during the network's Tip-Off Marathon Nov. 13. Chrsitian Webster (10 points) also reached double figures, and Steve Moundou-Missi rejected four shots and came down with nine rebounds.
Manhattan's Last Time Out
The Jaspers dropped a road game at No. 2 Louisville, 79-51, Nov. 11. Rhamel Brown recorded a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Michael Alvarado knocked down nine free throws, finishing with 13 points. Manhattan shot 35.7 percent from the field (15-of-42) and sank 3-of-10 3-pointers.
Harvard's game against Manhattan will be part of a doubleheader for the Crimson as the women's team will take to the court against BYU prior to the men's game. Harvard also played a men's and women's doubleheader last year with the women facing St. John's (W, 63-56) and the men hosting Florida Atlantic (W, 63-51). Prior to 2011-12, the last time Harvard played a men's and women's doubleheader was January 5, 2008 when the women lost to Dartmouth, 52-47, before the men took down the Big Green, 82-56.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 29-1 at Lavietes Pavilion since Feb. 19, 2010.
Harvard enjoyed a 28-game home win streak, a program record, between Feb. 19, 2010 and Feb. 24, 2012. The streak was the second longest in the country during that stretch, and Harvard finished 11-1 at home during season after going 14-0 at Lavietes Pavilion in 2010-11.
Harvard was part of ESPN's 24-hour live Tip-Off Marathon, featuring 11 games Nov. 13. The Crimson took on Massachusetts at 10 a.m., falling, 67-64, in the final seconds.
Through two games, Wesley Saunders paces Harvard in scoring with 14.5 points per game, while Siyani Chambers stands second at 11.5 ppg. Steve Moundou-Missi is the team's leading rebounder with 7.0 boards per game, and Kenyatta Smith is averaging an impressive 3.5 blocks per contest.
Harvard is shooting 42.1 percent from the field as a team, with Jonah Travis leading the way, hitting 8-of-11 bucket attempts (.727). The Crimson made 22-of-26 foul shots at Massachusetts Nov. 13 and is hitting 75.0 percent of its free-throw attempts on the year (33-of-44). Chambers is averaging 5.0 assists per game, and has only turned the ball over three times in his first two games in a Harvard uniform.
Rhamel Brown scored 18 points and collected 15 rebounds for a double-double in the season opener for the Jaspers in a 79-51 loss at Louisville. Michael Alvarado added 13 points for Manhattan in the game, as he made 9-of-10 foul shots (.900).
The Jaspers shot 15-of-42 from the floor (.357), including 3-of-10 from beyond the arc against the Cardinals, but did outrebound Louisville by a 37-33 margin. Manhattan turned the ball over 27 times as the Cardinals recorded 16 steals.
Fountain of Youth
Out of 14 players on the roster, the Crimson has two seniors, two juniors, five sophomores and five freshmen. Harvard is one of the youngest teams in the nation this season, as the Crimson has a total of 15 years of college experience coming into the year.
The Crimson is tied for the 22nd youngest team in the nation, based on total years of collegiate experience entering 2012-13.
The Crimson will face opponents from at least 11 conferences in 2012-13. Harvard established a new program record by earning wins over schools from 11 conferences last year.
In Harvard's season-opening victory against MIT, Kenyatta Smith rejected five shots, a career-high, while Jonah Travis added three blocked shots. Harvard players swatted 10 shots in total against the Engineers, a season-best.
Steve Moundou-Missi rejected four shots at UMass Nov. 13, as he also established a career-high early this season.
Career Day vs. MIT
In Harvard's 69-54 win over MIT Nov. 9, four Crimson players posted a career-high for points: Wesley Saunders (11), Siyani Chambers (nine), Kenyatta Smith (eight) and Alex Nesbitt (two).
Saunders (18) and Chambers (14) followed by setting new career-highs in scoring in Harvard's next game against Massachusetts Nov. 13.
Stepping Up On D
The Crimson opened 2012-13 by only surrendering 54 points against MIT Nov. 9 and is averaging 60.5 points per game on defense this year.
On The Big Screen
The Crimson will play at least 14 games on national or regional television this season, which will establish a new program record.
Harvard was 6-4 on TV last year and is 0-1 on television this season. The Crimson has 13 TV games remaining against Saint Joseph's Nov. 20 (NBC Sports), Vermont Nov. 27 (NBC Sports), Boston College Dec. 4 (ESPN3), Connecticut Dec. 7 (SNY), California Dec. 29 (Pac-12 Networks), Saint Mary's Dec. 31 (ESPN2), Memphis Jan. 19 (FSN), Dartmouth Jan. 26 (NBC Sports), Princeton Feb. 16 (NBC Sports), Yale Feb. 23 (CBS Sports), Princeton March 1 (ESPNU), Penn March 2 (NBC Sports) and Cornell March 9 (NBC Sports).
The Crimson has not yet faced Manhattan under head coach Tommy Amaker, who is in his sixth season at Harvard.
All We Do Is Win
Last season, Harvard was one of only 40 schools in the nation with at least 26 victories.
Up By 20
Under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson has won 24 games by 20 or more points.
The Crimson, which owned a 15-4 record in road/neutral sites last year, will play at least 14 road games this winter. Harvard currently stands at 0-1 away from home this year.
Harvard's 15 road/neutral sites wins in 2011-12 set a new program record, surpassing 10 victories during the 2009-10 campaign.
In the Ivy League preseason media poll, Harvard was picked to finish second in the Ancient Eight. The Crimson received one first-place vote, earning 109 points, and trailed only Princeton (16 first-place votes) and 134 points in the preseason ranking.
Harvard, which was first last season, received first-place votes for only the fifth time in school history (2011-12, 2010-11, 1989-90 and 1988-89).
2012-13 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll
1. Princeton– 134 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Harvard– 109 (one first-place vote)
3. Columbia–90 points
4. Cornell– 80 points
5. Penn– 74 points
6. Yale– 55 points
7. Brown– 50 points
8. Dartmouth– 20 points
Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) is in his sixth season as head coach of the Harvard men's basketball team. He registered his 250th career coaching victory Dec. 4, 2011 against Seattle at Lavietes Pavilion. Amaker has guided Harvard to its first national ranking and also led the Crimson to back-to-back Ivy League titles, the first two conference crowns in school history. In addition, the Crimson established a program record with 26 victories in 2011-12.
He brings a 269-196 (.578) career head coaching record into today's game, including a 93-57 (.620) mark at Harvard, a 108-84 (.563) record at Michigan and a 68-55 (.553) record at Seton Hall.
Amaker Moving Up Harvard Coaching Chart
With his 93 wins in Cambridge, Tommy Amaker now ranks fifth in program history in coaching victories.
Frank Sullivan (1991-2007) - 178 wins
Floyd S. Wilson (1954-68) - 143
Edward A. Wachter (1920-33) - 120
Frank McLaughlin (1977-85) - 99
Tommy Amaker (2007-present) - 93
Amaker owns the highest winning percentage in Crimson history (with two or more years of service) with a .620 clip.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 102-22 (.823) when leading at halftime and 26-72 (.265) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 39-7 when leading at the half (.848).
In its 14 conference games last season, Harvard allowed only 54.0 points per game, the best in the Ivy League.
35 Is The Magic Number
Harvard posted a 15-1 record when shooting better than 35 percent from 3-point range and an 11-4 mark when failing to reach 35 percent from long distance last season.
The Crimson has shot over 35 percent from beyond the arc in both games in 2012-13 and owns a 1-1 record.
Harvard has had a differnet leading scorer in each game this season, as Jonah Travis (18) led the team against MIT Nov. 9 and Wesley Saunders tallied 14 points at Massachusetts Nov. 13.
Harvard Against The Ivy League
Over the past two seasons, the Crimson boasts a 24-5 mark (.828) against Ivy League opponents. During that stretch, Harvard is 11-3 (.786) against Ancient Eight opponents on the road, 13-1 at home (.929) and 0-1 in neutral-site contests.
Harvard is 1-1 in non-conference action this year. The Crimson won 14 non-conference games last season, a program record.
Night and Day
The Crimson is 1-0 in night games and 0-1 in morning games this season. Harvard owned a 19-4 record in night games and a 7-1 mark in day contests in 2011-12.
In 2011-12, the Crimson ranked first in the Ivy League in defense (54.8 points allowed per game overall) and fifth in scoring offense (65.4 points per contest).
Harvard was 25th in the nation in free throw shooting defense, as opponents only made 65.7 percent of attempts (307-of-457). Opponents are knocking down 74.1 percent (20-of-27) of foul shots in 2012-13.
Dunk Tally - 2012-13
Steve Moundou-Missi 2
Jonah Travis 2