Men's Basketball Welcomes MIT to Lavietes Pavilion Tuesday
Harvard vs. MIT
The Harvard men's basketball team will open its home schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 12, when it hosts MIT at Lavietes Pavilion. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Crimson has won eight straight home openers dating back to 2005, and is a perfect 6-0 under head coach Tommy Amaker when making its Lavietes debut.
Last Time Out
Jonah Travis provided a double-double from off the bench and Wesley Saunders poured in 18 points as the Harvard men's basketball team defeated Holy Cross, 82-72, Sunday evening in the nightcap of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tripleheader at TD Garden.
Travis scored a career-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for the third double-double of his career. Four other Crimson scored in double-digits led by Saunders' 18. Brandyn Curry chipped in 14 points, six assists and three steals, while Siyani Chambers and Laurent Rivard each added 11.
Harvard dominated the paint, outrebounding Holy Cross by a 44-27 margin and outscoring the Crusaders 40-28 in the paint. The Crimson finished the evening shooting 46.0 percent (29-63) from the field, 35.3 percent (6-17) from three and 85.7 percent (18-21) at the line.
• Harvard has won 12 of its last 16 games dating back to 2012-13, including an 82-72 victory over Holy Cross in Sunday's season opener.
• Junior Jonah Travis recorded his third career double-double on Sunday versus Holy Cross, scoring a career-high 20 points while pulling down 10 rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Travis last scored in double-digits Jan. 26, 2013 versus Dartmouth (16), with his last double-digit rebounding effort coming Dec. 1, 2012 versus Fordham (12).
• Five Crimson scored in double-figures on Sunday versus Holy Cross; Jonah Travis (20), Wesley Saunders (18), Brandyn Curry (14), Siyani Chambers (11) and Laurent Rivard (11). The last time five Crimson reached double-digits was on Feb. 23, 2013 in a 72-66 win at Yale.
• The Crimson improved to 5-2 in season openers under head coach Tommy Amaker with its victory over Holy Cross on Sunday. Harvard is a perfect 6-0 in home openers with Amaker on the sidelines and has won each of its last eight home openers dating back to 2005.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, all of Harvard's home games and road Ivy League contests which are not being televised will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch games both live and On-Demand on their computers, tablets or smart phones, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all Harvard events throughout the duration of their subscription.
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Rank and File
Harvard was listed as receiving votes in both the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 and the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll. The Crimson last appeared in either poll the week of Feb. 6, 2012 when the AP had the squad ranked No. 25 and the coaches had it at No. 21
AP Top 25
Cousy Award Watch List
Brandyn Curry and Siyani Chambers were among 50 student-athletes named to the watch list for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. The list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the honor on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.
Lou Henson Preseason All-America
Wesley Saunders was named to the 2013 Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team as one of the top 25 student-athletes from mid-major conferences. Following the season, the Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major student-athlete in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years.
Harvard was a unanimous pick to repeat as conference champions in 2013-14 and received all 17 first-place votes in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. This marked only the second time the Crimson has earned the top spot in the Ancient Eight's preseason poll following 2011-12 when it received 16-of-17 first-place votes.
1: Harvard lost just one letterwinner, Christian Webster '13, from last year's squad which finished the season 20-10 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Webster will still be seen on the Crimson sideline this season, however, in his new role as assistant coach.
2: The Crimson has made two straight NCAA tournament appearances and this season will attempt to become the first Ivy League squad to reach the Big Dance in three straight years since Cornell did so from 2008-10.
3: Harvard has won three straight Ivy League championships and is looking to become the first team to win four straight Ancient Eight titles since Penn did so from 1993-96.
4: With four straight 20-win seasons, Harvard looks to become the first Ivy League school to register five consecutive 20-win seasons since Penn did so a record six times from 1970-75.
5: The Crimson's 90 wins from 2009-13 is the fifth highest total in Ivy League history over a four-year span. Penn won a record 99 games in a four-year span from 1969-73 and also owns the record for wins in a five-year span with 120 from 1969-74.
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Harvard earned the first postseason victory in program history last year when it upset No. 3 seed New Mexico, 68-62, to reach the NCAA tournament third round. As a 14 seed, Harvard became the lowest seeded Ivy League school to win a game in the NCAA tournament while the victory also marked the first win in March Madness for the Ancient Eight since Cornell's run to the Sweet 16 in 2010.
At the time of Harvard's 68-62 win over third-seeded New Mexico in the NCAA tournament, the Lobos were ranked No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. That victory was the first ever for a Crimson squad over a top-10 team and was the program's third win over a ranked opponent under head coach Tommy Amaker.
2012-13 marked the fourth-straight year, and fifth time overall, that Harvard has earned a postseason tournament bid. The Crimson first went dancing in 1946 before enduring a 64 year postseason drought that ended with a trip to the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Harvard earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament in 2011 and has since followed it up with back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament.
Siyani Chambers was unanimously voted as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2012-13 and became the first freshman in conference history to be named first team All-Ivy. He was joined on the first team by unanimous selection Wesley Saunders, while Laurent Rivard and Steve Moundou-Missi garnered honorable mention plaudits.
In Wes We Trust
Wesley Saunders led the Ivy League in scoring with 16.2 ppg in 2012-13 and reached double figures in 29 of 30 games. Saunders was also the top scorer in conference play (17.1 ppg) as his 487 total points matched Jeremy Lin's '10 total from 2008-09 for 11th place on the school's single season scoring list.
Laurent Rivard ranks second in Harvard history with 210 career three-pointers and needs just 10 more tripiles to match Dan Clemente's '01 program record of 220. Rivard's career total is also good for 19th place in Ivy League annals, while his 80 makes from long range in 2012-13 were the most ever by a member of the Crimson.
Join the Club
Harvard's 1,000-point club may have three additional members by season's end as seniors Kyle Casey, Brandyn Curry and Laurent Rivard each attempt to reach the milestone. Rivard leads the trio with 964 career points while Casey has totaled 937 and Curry 751.
Three Crimson had the honor of representing their country over the summer as a member of their respective national teams; Steve Moundou-Missi (Cameroon Senior National Team), Agunwa Okolie (Canadian Men's Junior National Team) and Laurent Rivard (Canadian Developmental National Team).
Harvard finished the 2012-13 campaign ranked seventh in the nation in three-point percentage (39.8) and 16th in field-goal percentage (47.5). The Crimson shot over 40.0 percent from beyond the arc in 15 of 30 games and was above 50.0 percent from the field in 13 contests.
Harvard Against The BCS
Harvard owns a 10-12 record against BCS conference opponents 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 has defeated at least one BCS team in each of the last six seasons.
Kings of Massachusetts Courts
The Crimson owned a 15-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from Dec. 10, 2008 through Nov. 13, 2012. Harvard is 19-6 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Tommy Amaker, including an 19-1 mark in the last 20 contests.
The Crimson also owns a 13-4 record against Boston area schools with Amaker at the helm and has won 13 straight against its Beantown foes.
Harvard has played in front of a sold out Lavietes Pavilion 14 times over the past two years. The Crimson set a program record with 10 sell outs during the 2011-12 campaign, while four games in 2012-13 reached maximum capacity.
Home Court Advantage
The Harvard men's and women's basketball teams have combined for a 90-11 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 49-7 against the Ivy League. The Crimson men are 49-4 (.924) in this time with a 25-3 (.892) record against the Ancient Eight, with the women going 41-7 (.854) overall, 24-4 (.857) in conference. The men's team's run of dominance includes a program record 28-game home win streak that lasted more than two calendar years between Feb. 19, 2010 and Feb. 24, 2012.
In The Spotlight
12 of Harvard's 30 games have already been picked up for national or regional television broadcasts this season. The Crimson appeared on TV a program record 17 times last season, including a record four televised games at Lavietes Pavilion.
2013-14 Dunk Tally
On The Sidelines
With 113 victories under his belt, Tommy Amaker ranks fourth all-time in Harvard coaching annals.
Frank Sullivan, 1991-07
Amaker's .629 win percentage, meanwhile, ranks first among Harvard coaches who have spent at least two seasons at the helm of the team.
Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
Youth Turned To Experience
After fielding the 11th youngest team in the nation a year ago, the 2013-14 Crimson will be loaded with experience including five seniors, seven juniors and five sophomores.
Dating back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 118-23 (.837) when leading at halftime and 30-80 (.275) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 54-8 (.871) when taking an advantage into the locker room.
Margin of Victory
Under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson has won 26 games by 20 or more points and has earned five wins by 30 or more points.
Harvard is 67-36 (.650) all time in season openers and 5-2 under head coach Tommy Amaker, including this season's 82-72 defeat of Holy Cross.