Crimson Men's Basketball Hosts Rice in Saturday Matinee
Christian Webster and Harvard have won three straight home games (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's basketball returns home after a trip to California to host Rice in the final non-conference game at Lavietes Pavilion this year. The game will be held Saturday at 4 p.m.ar.
The game will be streamed live on GoCrimson.com. Charlie Hobbs and Brecka Fetzer will have the call.
Live statistics can be found for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against Rice's
The Crimson and Owls have met twice, with the all-time series tied, 1-1. Rice took the first pairing, 67-63, during the 2008-09 season, and Harvard responded with a win the following year at Lavietes Pavilion, 85-64, on Dec. 2, 2009.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Jonah Travis made 8-of-10 buckets and finished with 19 points. tying his career-high, and Siyani Chambers went 5-of-5 from 3-point distance, adding 16 points, but the Crimson fell in the final seconds at St. Mary's, 70-69, Dec. 31. Wesley Saunders added 14 points, and the Crimson shot 9-of-15 from beyond the arc (.600).
Rice's Last Time Out
Autin Ramljak drained four 3-pointers and had 14 points, and Tamir Jackson tallied 12 points, but the Owls fell on the road at Texas, 57-41, Dec. 29. Rice made only 15-of-47 field goal attempts (.319), and was outrebounded, 46-23, by the Longhorns. Five Rice players were whistled for four or more fouls in the game.
Harvard/Amaker Against Rice
The Crimson is 1-1 against the Owls under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Harvard Against Conference USA
Harvard is 2-3 all-time against current members of Conference USA. The Crimson will also play Conference USA member Memphis on the road Jan. 19.
Chambers For Cousy Award
Freshman Siyani Chambers was recently named a nominee for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top men's college basketball point guard each season. Chambers has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice this season (Dec. 3 and Dec. 17). He ranks second on the Crimson with 12.5 points per contest and paces the Ivy League with 5.7 assists per game.
Hot Touch From Downtown
Siyani Chambers made all five of his 3-point attempts at St. Mary's Dec. 31. Chambers is shooting 47.8 percent (22-of-46) from beyond the arc in his rookie campaign, ranking fourth in the Ivy League.
Bob Cousy Award Nominee
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 17)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 10)
Run At The Charity Stripe
Before missing a foul shot against Holy Cross Dec. 22, Siyani Chambers made 32 in a row at the charity stripe over the course of seven contests, beginning Nov. 13. He is shooting 88.9 percent from the line (40-of-45) for the season, which ranks third in the conference and 39th in the nation.
As a freshman in 2009-10, Laurent Rivard drained 30 consecutive foul shots between Nov. 28, 2010 and Jan. 15, 2011, a span of 11 games. Rivard is shooting 95.7 from the line this season, going 22-of-23 but does not have enough attempts to appear in the national rankings.
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in sixth statistical categories. Saunders is first in scoring (15.8 ppg), first in steals (1.9 spg), fifth in minutes (35.5 per game), sixth in assists (3.3 apg), eighth in field goal percentage (.496) and eighth in free throw percentage (.747).
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 5.7 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 33 times this season for a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for second in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best nine assists at California Dec. 29.
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 12.2 points per game and has reached double figures in eight of the last 10 contests.
Seeing Lots Of Time
Three Harvard players are among the top seven players in the Ancient Eight in minutes played. Siyani Chambers paces the conference with 37.7 minutes per game, while Wesley Saunders (35.5) is fifth and Laurent Rivard (34.2) ranks seventh.
Chambers, Saunders and Christian Webster have also each played all 40 minutes of a game this year. Chambers played every minute at Massachusetts Nov. 13, vs. Holy Cross Dec. 22 and at California Dec. 29. Saunders saw time in all 40 minutes at St. Mary's Dec. 31, while Webster played all 40 minutes vs. Boston University Dec. 11.
Drawing Contact From Beyond The Arc
In the second half at Boston College Dec. 4, Laurent Rivard was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and drained all three ensuing foul shots.
During his career, Rivard has been fouled 17 times while taking a 3-pointer. He has hit five of them for an and-one and has shot three free throws on 12 occasions. Against George Washington on Jan. 14, 2012, Rivard drew contact three times while attempting a shot from beyond the arc.
Laurent Rivard has taken 77 of Harvard's 198 3-point attempts this season, or 38.9 percent. Rivard is making 41.6 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (32-77), while the Crimson is shooting 41.4 percent as a team (82-198). Siyani Chambers leads the team with a 47.8 percent clip from long distance (22-46).
Since the game at Princeton Feb. 24, 2012, Laurent Rivard has made at least one 3-pointer in 16 straight games, a career best. As a freshman, Rivard connected on at least one 3-pointer in 15 straight games from Nov. 17, 2010 until Jan. 8, 2011.
The Crimson program record for consecutive games with a 3-point field goal is 29, held by Jim Goffredo '07.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 33-2 (.943) 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 last season after going 14-0 at Lavietes Pavilion the year before. The Crimson is 5-1 at home this season, with the only loss coming to Vermont Nov. 27.
Harvard owns a 10-11 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated Boston College five times and has also topped Michigan, Colorado, Utah, Florida State and California during Amaker's tenure. The Crimson also defeated at least one BCS team in each of the last six seasons.
Harvard beat Boston College for the fifth straight year, 79-63, Dec. 4, downed California, 67-62, Dec. 29, but fell on the road at Connecticut, 57-49, Dec. 7.
As a team, Harvard is shooting 41.4 percent from 3-point range (82-of-198), which leads the Ivy League and ranks fifth in the nation.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first 12 games this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and paces the Crimson and the Ivy League with 15.8 points per game.
Saunders is the first Harvard player to reach double digits in scoring in at least consecutive 10 games since Keith Wright '12 tallied 10 or more points in 19 straight contests between Jan. 22, 2011-Nov. 24, 2011.
Kings of Massachusetts's Courts
From Dec. 10, 2008 through Nov. 13, 2012, the Crimson owned a 15-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which began after falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71, in 2008. UMass snapped the streak by downing Harvard, 67-64, Nov. 13 of this year. The Crimson is 4-1 against Massachusetts teams this season with wins over MIT, BC, BU and Holy Cross and is 19-1 over its last 20 games against teams from the Commonwealth.
Since the loss to Northeastern in 2008, Harvard is 13-0 against Boston area schools, having defeated Boston College five times, MIT four times and Boston University on four occasions.
'D' At Lavietes
Harvard is only allowing 62.8 points per game at home this season compared to 65.7 points per contest in road games.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 107-23 (.823) when leading at halftime and 27-75 (.264) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 44-8 (.846) when leading at the half and is 6-1 (.857) when owning an advantage at the midway point of games this year.
The Crimson will face opponents from at least 11 conferences in 2012-13. Harvard has wins over seven conferences this season: ACC, America East, Atlantic-10, MAAC, NEWMAC, Pac-12 and Patriot League. 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 77 games throughout this career (77-25, .755).
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 2-5 on television this season. The Crimson has seven TV games remaining against 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).
Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders have started all 12 games this season. Laurent Rivard has started 11 games, while Jonah Travis and Christian Webster have been in the starting lineup six times each. Kenyatta Smith and Steve Moundou-Missi have started five contests apiece.
Dunk Tally - 2012-13
Jonah Travis 9
Wesley Saunders 6
Steve Moundou-Missi 5
Agunwa Okolie 4
Kenyatta Smith 3
Michael Hall 1
Christian Webster surpassed the 800-point mark against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 865 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 the 100th 3-pointer of his career in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis against Central Florida Nov. 26, 2011. Webster (139) is sixth in program history in career 3-pointers. Webster is also third in Harvard history in free-throw shooting (.862, 194 of 225). Webster ranks 16th in team history with 99 games played.
Laurent Rivard scored his 700th point against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 769 points. He also has 217 rebounds, having grabbed his 200th against Boston University Dec. 11, 2012, in his career and 159 3-pointers. He needs eight 3-pointers to tie Mike Gilmore '96 for fourth in program history (167). Rivard ranks third in the Harvard record books with a career .406 3-point shooting percentage.