Men's Basketball Closes Homestand Wednesday Versus Bryant
Harvard vs. Bryant
The Harvard men's basketball team will conclude its three-game homestand Wednesday, Nov. 20 as it hosts Bryant at Lavietes Pavilion live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
• Harvard has improved to 3-0 for the third time under head coach Tommy Amaker, and a win on Wednesday would mark just the second time under Amaker that the Crimson has begun 4-0. The last time the Crimson began a season with four straight victories was in 2011-12, when Harvard went 8-0 en route to a 26-5 campaign.
• Harvard has won 13 straight games in Lavietes Pavilion dating back to last season. The program record for consecutive wins at home was set between Feb. 19, 2010 and Feb. 24, 2012, when the Crimson reeled off 28 straight victories.
• Senior Laurent Rivard needs just eight three-pointers to break Dan Clemente's '10 school record of 220 career three's. Rivard has connected for six triples through the first three games this season, including two on Friday versus Howard.
• Seniors Laurent Rivard and Kyle Casey are both on pace to become the newest members of Harvard's 1,000-point club. Rivard has scored 975 career points and needs just 25 more to reach the milestone, while Casey has notched 962 points and is 38 shy.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team rolled to a third straight victory Friday night with a 76-44 win over Howard University at Lavietes Pavilion.
Kyle Casey scored a season-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go with a 12-point, seven-rebound effort from Wesley Saunders. Steve Moundou-Missi added 10 points, seven boards and two blocks as 11 different members of the Crimson got on the scoreboard. Harvard shot just 42.6 percent (23-54) from the field but went 28-of-38 at the line.
Harvard's defense was on display again as the team picked up a second straight win when allowing fewer than 50 points for the first time since January of 2012. The win was also Harvard's 13th straight at home and improves the Crimson to 3-0 for the third time under head coach Tommy Amaker. Siyani Chambers turned in three steals to help lead the defensive charge as Howard was forced into 19 turnovers which led to 28 Harvard points.
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 is currently listed as receiving votes in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today 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
Harvard picked up lopsided victories versus MIT (79-37) and Howard (76-44), marking the first time under head coach Tommy Amaker that the Crimson has won back-to-back games by 30-plus points. This also marked the first time since January of 2012 that Harvard had allowed fewer than 50 points in consecutive games.
Harvard's home-opening 79-37 win versus MIT was highlighted by the Crimson's play at the defensive end, which resulted in several noteable statistics;
• Harvard's 42-point margin of victory was the second largest under head coach Tommy Amaker, behind only a 94-51 triumph against Daniel Webster on Dec. 28, 2008.
• The Crimson allowed just 37 points to MIT, marking the third time under head coach Tommy Amaker that an opponent has scored fewer than 40 points (most recent at Yale, 65-35, 1/27/12).
• The Engineers shot just 27.9 percent from the field, the lowest percentage by an opponent in the Amaker era.
• Harvard forced 29 MIT turnovers, the most for the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker.
• Harvard's 19 steals versus the Engineers were one shy of the program record of 20, which has been accomplished four times (most recent vs. Hartford, 1/30/01).
The Crimson is approaching several milestones this season;
• Laurent Rivard has hit 213 career three-pointers and needs just eight more to set a new school record.
• Laurent Rivard and Kyle Casey are both closing in on 1,000 points. Rivard needs just 25 points more while Casey needs 38.
• Head coach Tommy Amaker needs nine more wins to reach 300 for his career, and also needs just four more wins to move into the Ivy League's top 15 for wins by an Ancient Eight coach.
• The Crimson is two victories short of reaching 250 wins all-time at Lavietes Pavilion.
Laurent Rivard ranks second in Harvard history with 213 career three-pointers and needs just eight more triples to break 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 will soon have two additional members; Kyle Casey and Laurent Rivard. Rivard has scored 975 career points while Casey has totaled 962.
Hoop And The Harm
Senior Laurent Rivard, who ranks second in program history with 213 career three-pointers, has been fouled 23 times while shooting from beyond the arc. Six of those fouls have resulted in an and-one.
2013-14 Dunk Tally
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.
This season, Harvard has teamed up with the 3PointFoundation to participate in the Coach4aDay program, helping to raise funds and awareness in the fight against illeteracy. The3PointFoundation teaches and mentors urban boys to prepare them for success in academics and life by concentrating on reading, writing, mathematics and character development for underserved youth who have demonstrated commitment, discipline and enthusiasm by playing in organized basketball programs.
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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).
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.
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 94-11 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 49-7 against the Ivy League. The Crimson men are 51-4 (.927) overall, 25-3 (.892) against the Ancient Eight, with the women going 43-7 (.860) 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.
On The Sidelines
With 115 victories under his belt, Tommy Amaker ranks fourth all-time in Harvard coaching annals.
Frank Sullivan, 1991-07
Amaker's .635 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