Men's Basketball Begins Play at Great Alaska Shootout Thursday Live on CBS Sports Network
The Harvard men's basketball team will take to the court against Denver Thursday, Nov. 28 at 12:00 a.m. EST live on CBS Sports Network in the first round of the 35th annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The Crimson is slated to play three games over three days while in Anchorage, with CBS Sports Network providing live and tape delayed coverage throughout the event.
• Harvard is currently in the midst of a month-long, six-game road trip which will see the team play six straight games away from Lavietes Pavilion. The trip began on Sunday at Colorado, and continues this week at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. Harvard will also play on the road at Northeastern (Dec. 4) and Boston University (Dec. 7) before returning to Lavietes Pavilion.
• Seniors Laurent Rivard and Kyle Casey are poised to become the newest members of Harvard's 1,000-point club. Rivard has scored 991 career points and needs just nine more to reach the milestone, while Casey has notched 987 points and is 13 shy. The last Crimson to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau was current assistant coach Christian Webster '13, who did so last year in the team's win over third-seeded New Mexico in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Senior Laurent Rivard has made 216 career three-pointers and needs just five more to break Dan Clemente's '01 school record of 220. Rivard, who has connected for nine triples this season, already owns the school's single-season record with 80 makes in 2012-13.
• The Crimson has recorded double-digit steals in each of its last four games, highlighted by a 19-steal night against MIT. This matches the longest stretch of double-digit steal performances for the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker, a mark which was set between Dec. 30, 2009 - Jan. 9, 2010.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team suffered its first setback of the season on Sunday as it fell at Colorado, 70-62.
Harvard was unable to hold on to a 42-30 halftime lead as Colorado outscored the Crimson 40-20 after the break. Harvard finished the game shooting a season-low 37.1 percent (23-62) after connecting on 15-of-28 attempts in the first half, while Colorado hit 45.3 percent (24-53) of its shots and outrebounded the Crimson 46-29.
Steve Moundou-Missi led a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Crimson with 13 points and nine rebounds. Siyani Chambers added 12 points and four assists, as Kyle Casey chipped in 11 and Laurent Rivard 10.
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
Head coach Tommy Amaker will be profiled in a 30-minute CBS Sports Network special entitled "One2One," which first airs on the network Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. EST.
Hosted by Alaa Abdelnaby, a former teammate of Amaker's at Duke and a five-year NBA veteran, the special will highlight the Crimson's rise to national prominence under Amaker's guidance.
Related Link: Amaker to be Profiled in CBS Sports Network Special "One2One"
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 216 career three-pointers and needs just five more to set a new school record.
• Laurent Rivard and Kyle Casey are both closing in on 1,000 points. Rivard needs just nine points more while Casey needs 13.
• Head coach Tommy Amaker needs eight more wins to reach 300 for his career, and also needs just three more wins to move into the Ivy League's top 15 for wins by an Ancient Eight coach.
• The Crimson is one victory short of reaching 250 wins all-time at Lavietes Pavilion.
Laurent Rivard ranks second in Harvard history with 216 career three-pointers and needs just five more triples to break Dan Clemente's '01 program record of 220. Rivard's career total is also good for 16th 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 991 career points while Casey has totaled 987.
Hoop And The Harm
Senior Laurent Rivard, who ranks second in program history with 214 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 illiteracy. 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.
For more information on the Coach4aDay program or to learn how you can get involved, click here.
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 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 96-11 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 49-7 against the Ivy League. The Crimson men are 52-4 (.929) overall, 25-3 (.892) against the Ancient Eight, with the women going 44-7 (.863) 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 116 victories under his belt, Tommy Amaker ranks fourth all-time in Harvard coaching annals.
Frank Sullivan, 1991-07
Amaker's .634 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