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Men's Basketball Set to Host Penn, Princeton in Key Ivy Weekend; Saturday's Game on NBC Sports Network

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Jonah Travis and the Crimson are 9-1 at home this season (Kevin Burns).

The Particulars
The Harvard men's basketball team returns home to Lavietes Pavilion to host Penn and Princeton this weekend.

Harvard, which stands at 13-7 overall and 5-1 in conference play, welcomes Penn (5-17, 2-3) Friday evening before playing Princeton (11-8, 4-1) Saturday night on NBC Sports Network.
 
Game Coverage
Live video for Friday's game will be available at GoCrimson.com. Charlie Hobbs and Brecka Fetzer will be the announcers on GoCrimson.com.
 
Live statistics will also be available at GoCrimson.com.
 
Series History Against Penn
Harvard and Penn have met 162 times since the first meeting between the Ivy rivals in 1902-03. The Quakers hold the advantage in the series, 128-34, but Harvard has won seven of the last nine meetings between the schools. The two teams split last season, with Harvard winning, 56-50, in Philadelphia, and Penn taking the contest in Cambridge, 55-54.
 
Harvard's Last Time Out
Wesley Saunders scored a career- and Harvard season-high 27 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 10-of-10 from the foul line, but the Crimson fell on the road at Columbia, 78-63, Sunday afternoon after the game was postponed from Saturday because of the winter storm.
 
Penn's Last Time Out
Miles Cartwright tallied 28 points, hitting five 3-pointers, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists, as Penn held off Brown, 71-48, Saturday. Tony Hicks added 15 points, and the Quakers outrebounded the Bears, 44-35.
 
Around the Ivy League
In other Ancient Eight contests this weekend, Yale hosts Cornell, Brown welcomes Columbia and Princeton visits Dartmouth Friday. On Saturday, Penn travels to Dartmouth, Brown plays Cornell in Providence, R.I., and Yale faces Columbia at home.
 
Top Scorer
With his 27-point performance at Columbia Feb. 20, Wesley Saunders scored the most points by a Harvard player since Christian Webster tallied 29 in a 75-69 win at Mercer Nov. 20, 2010.
 
Harvard Tops Over Last Four Seasons
Over the last four seasons, Harvard owns the best conference record in the Ivy League.
 
Harvard - 39-9 (.813)
Princeton - 37-10 (.787)
Cornell - 29-19 (.604)
Yale - 26-22 (.542)
Penn - 25-22 (.532)
Columbia - 17-31 (.354)
Brown - 13-35 (.271)
Dartmouth - 5-43 (.104)
 
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 five times this season (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 28). The Ivy League record for most rookie awards in a season for an individual is eight, held by Penn's Michael Jordan in 1996-97 and Cornell's Adam Gore in 2005-06.
 
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 13.5 points per contest and paces the Ivy League with 6.2 assists per game.
 
On Pace For History
Laurent Rivard has buried 56 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 78 3-pointers this season.
 
If Rivard makes 37 more 3-pointers this year, he will also tie the program record for career treys, held by Dan Clemente '01 (220). Rivard currently has 183 career triples, ranking him tied for second in program history.
 
Crimson in Overtime
With Harvard's dramatic 89-82 win in double overtime against Brown Feb. 2, the Crimson has won its last six 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 also downed Dartmouth, 82-77, in overtime earlier this season on Jan. 26.
 
Hot Hands
The Crimson stands fifth in the nation in team 3-point shooting percentage (.412) and is tied for 11th in team field-goal shooting percentage (.487). Harvard shot a season-best 62.8 percent from the floor as a team in the 75-65 victory at Dartmouth Jan. 12.
 
Season Honors
Siyani Chambers
Bob Cousy Award Nominee
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 28)
Wesley Saunders
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Jan. 14. Feb. 4)
Christian Webster
Ivy League Player of the Week (Jan. 28)
 
Double-Double Show
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. Chambers had his second double-double against Brown Feb. 2, scoring 17 points and adding 10 assists, and then he recorded his third double-double with a career-high 11 assists and 18 points at Cornell Feb. 8.

Harvard Against The Ivy League
Over the past three seasons, the Crimson boasts a 29-6 mark (.829) against Ivy League opponents. Harvard is 13-4 (.765) against Ancient Eight opponents on the road, 16-1 at home (.941) and 0-1 in neutral-site contests.

Assist Mark
Rookie point guard Siyani Chambers has dished out 124 assists this season, or 6.2 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 174 helpers this year.

Stepping Up In Conference Play
In six Ivy League games, Wesley Saunders is scoring 18.8 points, grabbing 4.0 rebounds and handing out 5.0 assists per contest, while Siyani Chambers is averaging 16.8 points and 6.5 assists.

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 46.5 percent (33-of-71) from beyond the arc in his rookie campaign, ranking fourth in the Ivy League.

Laurent Rivard is making 42.1 percent of his shots from long distance (56-of-133), ranking sixth in the conference. Rivard also paces the league with 2.8 3-pointers made per game.
 
All-Around Player
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in six statistical categories. Saunders is first in scoring (16.8 ppg), second in field-goal percentage (.560), third in steals (2.0 spg), fourth in minutes played (37.3 mpg), fifth in assists (3.8 apg) and seventh in free-throw percentage (.750).
 
Ivy's Top Shooter
Jonah Travis is making 61.3 percent of field-goal attempts (65-of-106), the best mark in the Ivy League.