Harvard Men's Basketball Hosts Yale, Brown at Lavietes This Weekend
Wesley Saunders has reached double figures in scoring in all 16 games this season (Joe Murphy).
The Harvard men's basketball team looks to continue its winning ways at home, as the Crimson hosts Yale and Brown at Lavietes Pavilion this weekend.
Live video and audio will be available at GoCrimson.com. Charlie Hobbs and Brecka Fetzer will be the announcers on GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against Yale
The Bulldogs own a 113-71 advantage in the all-time series, but the Crimson has taken six of the last seven meetings between the schools. Harvard swept Yale last season, winning 65-35 in New Haven, Conn., Jan. 27, 2012 and 66-51 at Lavietes Pavilion Feb. 18, 2012.
Harvard's Last Time Out
The Crimson came back from down 13 points late in the second half and topped Dartmouth, 82-77, in overtime Jan. 26. Siyani Chambers scored 21 points and tied the game with just 18 seconds remaining, while Wesley Saunders made 10 free throws and finished with 20 points. Jonah Travis added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and Christian Webster hit three big 3-pointers in the final minutes, tallying 13 points for the game. Harvard shot 33.3 percent from the field in the first half and 53.6 percent from the floor in the second stanza.
Yale's Last Time Out
The Bulldogs evened their Ivy League record at1-1 with a 76-66 overtime victory over Brown Jan. 26. Justin Sears poured in 18 points, and Austin Morgan added 16 points, including four 3-pointers in the win. Yale outrebounded Brown, 47-34, and had the edge in assists, 20-13. The Bulldogs shot 50.0 percent from beyond the arc, going 7-of-14 for the game.
Harvard Tops Over Last Four Seasons
Over the last four seasons, Harvard owns the best conference record in the Ivy League.
Harvard - 36-8 (.818)
Princeton - 34-9 (.791)
Cornell - 27-17 (.614)
Yale - 24-20 (.545)
Penn - 23-20 (.535)
Columbia - 16-28 (.364)
Brown - 12-32 (.273)
Dartmouth - 3-41 (.068)
Save The Best For Last
With 5:15 left in the second half against Dartmouth Jan. 26, the Crimson had tallied only 44 points in the game before going on a scoring run, netting 38 points in the last minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime. During that stretch, Harvard outscored the Big Green, 38-25, to pull out an 82-77 overtime victory. The Crimson shot 9-of-11 (.818) from the field in the final 10 minutes of the contest, including overtime, to pull out the conference win.
Harvard and Dartmouth combined to score 35 points in the extra session in the Crimson's 82-77 win over the Big Green Jan. 26 to fall short of the NCAA record. The NCAA record for points in a single overtime is 45, set by VCU and Texas A&M in 2000. Harvard scored 20 of the 35 points. Vermont holds the overtime single team record for points with 26 against Hartford in 1998.
Chambers Earning Accolades
Freshman Siyani Chambers was 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 four times this season (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14). He ranks second on the Crimson with 13.2 points per contest and paces the Ivy League with 6.1 assists per game.
Laurent Rivard has buried 44 3-pointers this year and is on pace to break Harvard's single-season record for treys. Kevin Rogus '05 connected on 74 triples during the 2003-04 campaign, and Rivard is on pace to make 77 3-pointers this season.
If Rivard makes 39 more 3-pointers this year, he will also tie the program record for career treys, held by Dan Clemente '01 (220). Rivard currently has 171 career triples, ranking him fourth in program history.
Crimson in Overtime
Following Harvard's dramatic 82-77 win in overtime against Dartmouth Jan. 26, the Crimson has won its last five games that have gone past regulation. The Crimson held off William & Mary, 87-85, in three overtimes with Jeremy Lin's 3-point buzzer beater Nov. 15, 2009, downed Yale, 82-79, Feb. 12, 2010, won at Penn, 83-82, Feb. 5, 2011 and picked up a win at Columbia, 77-70, March 2, 2012.
The Crimson stands ninth in the nation in team 3-point shooting (.403) and is tied for 22nd in team field-goal shooting (.478). Harvard shot a season-best 62.8 percent from the floor as a team in the 75-65 victory at Dartmouth Jan. 12.
Bob Cousy Award Nominee
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 28)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Jan. 14)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Jan. 28)
Jonah Travis had 16 points and 12 rebounds against Fordham Dec. 1, giving Harvard its first double-double of the season. Siyani Chambers followed with 14 points and 10 assists for another double-double for the Crimson Jan. 5.
Harvard Against The Ivy League
Over the past three seasons, the Crimson boasts a 26-5 mark (.839) against Ivy League opponents. Harvard is 12-3 (.800) against Ancient Eight opponents on the road, 14-1 at home (.933) and 0-1 in neutral-site contests.
Rookie point guard Siyani Chambers has dished out 98 assists this season in 16 games, or 6.1 points per contest. The Harvard record for assists in a season by a freshman is 178, set by Glenn Fine '79 in 1975-76. Chambers is on pace for 172 helpers this year.
In two Ivy League games, Siyani Chambers is averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 assists, while Wesley Saunders is scoring 19.5 points, grabbing 6.0 rebounds and handing out 6.0 assists per contest.
Touch From Downtown
Siyani Chambers made all five of his 3-point attempts at St. Mary's Dec. 31 and was 3-of-3 from long range at Dartmouth Jan. 12. Chambers is shooting 44.3 percent (27-of-61) from beyond the arc in his rookie campaign, ranking fifth in the Ivy League.
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in seven statistical categories. Saunders is first in scoring (16.3 ppg), first in steals (2.1 spg), second in field-goal percentage (.539), fourth in minutes played (35.7 per game), fifth in assists (3.6 apg), seventh in free-throw percentage (.731) and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2).
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 80 games throughout his career (80-26, .755).
Lin: Third in All-Star Voting
Jeremy Lin '10, current guard of the Houston Rockets, finished third in the 2013 NBA All-Star vote among members of the backcourt in the Western Conference. Lin received 883,809 votes, narrowly missing a spot to start in the NBA All-Star game in Houston Feb. 17. Lin had the fifth most votes of any Western Conference player and the ninth most in the NBA overall.
Run At The Charity Stripe
Before missing against Holy Cross Dec. 22, Siyani Chambers made 32 shots in a row at the charity stripe over the course of seven contests, beginning Nov. 13. He is shooting 85.7 percent from the line (60-of-70) for the season, which ranks third in the Ivy League.
The Crimson erased a 13-point deficit with 3:49 remaining and a seven-point deficit with 1:10 left to play in the second half, coming back to tie Dartmouth, 62-62, in regulation before earning an 82-77 come-from-behind victory over the Big Green Jan. 26.
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 6.1 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 56 times for a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for fourth in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best 10 assists vs. Rice Jan. 5.
With Harvard's 92-62 victory over Rice Jan. 5, the Crimson reached the 90-point plateau for the first time since defeating Brown, 91-71, at Lavietes Pavilion Feb. 26, 2010. Harvard's 92-point effort was the most since winning at Seattle, 92-71, Jan. 2, 2010.
Seeing Lots Of Time
Three Harvard players are among the top six players in the Ancient Eight in minutes played. Siyani Chambers is second in the conference with 37.7 minutes per game, while Wesley Saunders (36.2) is fourth and Laurent Rivard (35.2) ranks sixth.
Chambers, Saunders, Rivard 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. Rivard played every minute at Dartmouth Jan. 12 and at Memphis Jan. 19. In Harvard's overtime win over Dartmouth Jan. 26, Saunders played 44 minutes, followed by Chambers (43) and Rivard (41) and Webster (41).
Over the six seasons under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson owns a 45-27 record in Ivy League conference games (.625).
Laurent Rivard has taken 105 of Harvard's 263 3-point attempts this season, or 39.9 percent.
Since the game at Princeton Feb. 24, 2012, Laurent Rivard has made at least one 3-pointer in 20 straight games, tied for the fourth-longest streak in team history. 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.
Harvard Against The BCS
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.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first 16 games this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and had another 21-point effort vs. Rice Jan. 5. He paces the Crimson and the Ivy League with 16.3 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 teams from Massachusetts 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 64.5 points per game at home this season compared to 64.9 points per contest in road games.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 108-23 (.824) when leading at halftime and 29-76 (.276) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 45-8 (.849) when leading at the half and is 7-1 (.875) when owning an advantage at the break of games this year.