Harvard Men's Basketball Travels to Boston College Tuesday; Game on ESPN3
Wesley Saunders was tabbed the Ivy League Player of the Week Dec. 3 (Gil Talbot).
Harvard will look for its fifth straight victory over Boston College, as the Crimson visits the Eagles Tuesday evening for a 7 p.m. opening tip.
Tuesday's game will be shown live on ESPN3.com. Eric Frede and Malcolm Huckaby will have the call.
Harvard audio will be available with a subscription to GoCrimson.com. Zack Guzman and Ben Zauzmer will be behind the mic. Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against Boston College
Harvard and Boston College have met 45 times on the hardwood, with the Eagles owning a 32-13 lead in the all-time series. The Crimson has won the last four games against BC, including an 82-70 win at Conte Forum Jan. 7, 2009, as Harvard downed then-No. 17 BC for the program's first win over a ranked opponent.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Jonah Travis recorded Harvard's first double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and collecting 12 rebounds, while Wesley Saunders went 13-of-18 from the foul line and finished with 17 points, as the Crimson snapped a two-game losing streak and topped Fordham, 73-64, at Lavietes Pavilion Saturday afternoon. Siyani Chambers (13 points) and Agunwa Okolie (11) also scored in double figures, as Harvard improved to 3-1 at home.
Boston College's Last Time Out
Olivier Hanlan led the Eagles with 22 points, as BC downed Penn State, 73-61, during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Nov. 28. BC shot 36 free throws, making 27(.750), and outrebounded the Nittany Lions, 38-33.
Harvard/Amaker Against Boston College
The Crimson is 4-0 against Boston College under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Harvard Against The ACC
Harvard is 16-43 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Crimson went 2-0 against the ACC last year with wins over Florida State and BC.
Current Boston College grad student Andrew Van Nest graduated from Harvard in 2012 and was a four-year member of the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker. Van Nest, who played a career-high 23 games in 2010-11, helped Harvard win back-to-back Ivy League titles in 2011 and 2012 and reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946 last year. Van Nest averaged 2.3 points per game during his time at Harvard.
Harvard Sweeps Weekly Awards
Wesley Saunders was tabbed the Ivy League Player of the Week Dec. 3, after averaging 19.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in two contests last week. Saunders scored a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and went 13-of-18 from the foul line, finishing with 17 points in a win over Fordham Dec. 1.
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3)
Getting To The Line
Wesley Saunders hit 13-of-18 foul shots against Fordham Dec. 1. His 13 foul shots marked the most since Kyle Casey sank 13 from the charity stripe (13-16) at Santa Clara Jan. 4, 2010. Saunders' 18 attempts was the most since Brian Cusworth '07 went 10-of-19 at Dartmouth Jan. 6, 2007.
Drawing Contact From Beyond The Arc
In the second half against Vermont Nov. 27, Laurent Rivard made a 3-pointer after being fouled and then hit the ensuing foul shot for a four-point play.
Kings of Massachusetts' Courts
From Dec. 10, 2008 through Nov. 13, 2012, the Crimson owned a 15-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71 in 2008. UMass snapped the streak by downing Harvard, 67-64, Nov. 13 of this year.
During the streak, Harvard had four straight wins over Boston College, Holy Cross and MIT and three against Boston University.
Harvard Against the BCS
Harvard owns an 8-10 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated BC four times and has also topped Michigan, Colorado, Utah and Florida State during Amaker's tenure. The Crimson also defeated at least one BCS team in each of the last five seasons.
The Crimson will face three BCS teams this season: Boston College, Connecticut and California.
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 5.0 assists per game, which is tied for first in the conference, and has only turned the ball over 17 times this season for a 1.76 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for second in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best eight assists against Vermont Nov. 27. Chambers paces the Ivy League in 3-point shooting (10-of-18, .556) and is second in foul shooting (24-of-26, .923).
Chambers ranks third on the Crimson with 11.3 points per game and has reached double figures in four of the last five contests.
Led by Laurent Rivard (4-9), the Crimson drained 56.3 percent (9-16) of its 3-point attempts against Vermont Nov. 27.
Rivard has taken 40 of Harvard's 90 3-point attempts this season, or 44.4 percent. Rivard is making 45.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (18-40), while the Crimson is shooting 42.2 percent as a team (38-90). Siyani Chambers leads the team with a 55.6 percent clip from long distance (10-18).
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 31-2 (.939) at Lavietes Pavilion since Feb. 19, 2010.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first six games this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27and paces the Crimson with 15.8 points per game, good for second in the Ivy League
'D' At Lavietes
Harvard is only allowing 62.0 points per game at home this season, compared to 71.0 points per contest in road games.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 104-22 (.825) when leading at halftime and 26-74 (.260) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 41-7 when leading at the half (.854).
The Crimson will face opponents from at least 11 conferences in 2012-13. Harvard has wins over three conferences this season: Atlantic-10, MAAC and NEWMAC. The Crimson established a new program record by earning wins over schools from 11 conferences last year.
Last year's senior class of Oliver McNally '12, Andrew Van Nest '12 and Keith Wright '12 won 84 games (84-34, .712) during their careers, a program record. Current senior Christian Webster has helped Harvard win 73 games throughout this career (73-23, .760).
Wesley Saunders, who has reached double figures in scoring in all six games this year, leads the Crimson with 15.8 points per game. Laurent Rivard (11.8 ppg) and Siyani Chambers (11.3 ppg) are also averaging double figures in points. Jonah Travis, who has Harvard's one double-double on the year, leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per contest.
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles have won two of their last three games, having recently defeated Auburn and Penn State. Ryan Anderson (14.2 ppg), Olivier Hanlan (13.9 ppg) and Joe Rahon (11.0 ppg) are all scoring threats for BC. Anderson is averaging a double-double, as he is pulling down 10.2 rebounds per contest.
Dennis Clifford has rejected 12 shots and leads the team in shooting percentage (.556). Opponents are scoring 68.3 points per game, while the Eagles are averaging 67.8 points on offense. BC is 2-1 at home with wins over FIU and Auburn.
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. Four of those TV games will be played at Lavietes Pavilion, also a program record.
Harvard was 6-4 on TV last year and is 0-3 on television this season. The Crimson has 11 TV games remaining against 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 used the same starting lineup in five of its first six games this season: Siyani Chambers, Laurent Rivard, Wesley Saunders, Steve Moundou-Missi and Kenyatta Smith. Chambers and Saunders have started all six games.
Christian Webster surpassed the 800-point mark against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 811 points in his career. He dished out his 100th assist at Connecticut Dec. 8, 2011, and grabbed his 200th rebound at Fordham Jan. 3, 2012. Webster also hit his 100th 3-pointer of his career in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis against Central Florida Nov. 26, 2011. Webster (126) needs two 3-pointers to tie Tyler Rullman '93 for seventh in program history (128). Webster is third in Harvard history in free-throw shooting (.863, 189 of 219).
Laurent Rivard scored his 700th point against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 714 points. He also has 188 rebounds in his career and 145 3-pointers. He needs 22 3-pointers to tie Mike Gilmore '96 for fourth in program history (167). Rivard ranks third in the Harvard record books with a career .408 3-point shooting percentage.
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 271-198 (.578) career head coaching record into today's game, including a 95-59 (.617) mark at Harvard, a 108-84 (.563) record at Michigan and a 68-55 (.553) record at Seton Hall.