Harvard Men's Basketball Travels to Face Saint Joseph's on NBC Sports Network Tuesday
Christian Webster is one of four Harvard players to average double figures in scoring this season (Gil Talbot).
Harvard makes its second national television appearance of the season, as the Crimson visits Saint Joseph's in a contest that will be shown live on NBC Sports.
NBC Sports Network will broadcast the game live, with Scott Graham and David Kaplan on the call.
Harvard audio will also be available with a subscription to GoCrimson.com. Charlie Hobbs will have the call.
Live statistics will be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against Saint Joseph's
Harvard and Saint Joseph's have met twice, with the series tied, 1-1. Last season, the Crimson defeated the Hawks, 74-69, in Cambridge Dec. 31, 2011.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Five Harvard players reached double figures in scoring, led by Laurent Rivard, who made 5-of-10 3-pointer attempts, as the Crimson knocked odd Manhattan, 79-45, Nov. 16. The win was the largest margin of victory for Harvard since defeating Daniel Webster, 94-51, Dec. 28, 2008. Siyani Chambers scored 14 points and dished out seven assists, and Christian Webster (12), Agunwa Okolie (11) and Wesley Saunders all had strong games on offense.
Saint Joseph's Last Time Out
The Hawks are coming off a 73-66 defeat to Florida State at the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Nov. 17. Ronald Roberts had a double-double for Saint Joseph's against the Seminoles, scoring 15 points and collecting 11 rebounds. Carl Jones (13 points) drained two 3-pointers, but the Hawks were only 4-of-19 (.190) from beyond the arc on the day.
Harvard/Amaker Against Saint Joseph's
The Crimson is 1-0 against Saint Joseph's under head coach Tommy Amaker, defeating the Hawks, 74-69, last season.
Harvard Against The Atlantic 10
Harvard owns a 20-37 record against teams that are current members of the Atlantic-10 conference. The Crimson will play three A-10 teams this season and is 0-1 entering Tuesday.
The Crimson, which owned a 15-4 record in road/neutral sites last year, currently stands at 0-1 away from home this season.
Harvard's 15 road/neutral sites wins in 2011-12 set a new program record, surpassing 10 victories during the 2009-10 campaign.
Up By 20
Under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson has won 25 games by 20 or more points after topping Manhattan by 34, 79-45, Nov. 16.
Through three games, four Harvard players are averaging double digits in scoring. Wesley Saunders paces the team (13.0 ppg), followed by Siyani Chambers (12.3 ppg), Laurent Rivard (10.7) and Christian Webster (10.3 ppg). Chambers leads the Crimson with 5.7 assists per contest, and Steve Moundou-Missi has a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game.
Harvard is shooting 45.8 percent from the field as a team, with Agunwa Okolie leading the way, hitting 8-of-11 bucket attempts (.714). The Crimson is also hitting 76.1 percent of foul shots (54-of-71) and is 18-of-42 from long distance (18-of-42).
Scouting Saint Joseph's
The Hawks, who opened the year with two straight wins before falling to Florida State, are averaging 68.7 points per game. Ronald Roberts is now averaging a double-double with 15.3 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per contest. Langston Galloway (13.7 ppg), Carl Jones (13.0), Chris Wilson (11.0 ppg) and Halil Kanacevic (10.7 ppg) are also scoring threats for the Hawks.
Saint Joseph's is only making 25.0 percent of its 3-point attempts (13-of-52) and are 51-of-80 from the foul line (.638).
Freshman Siyani Chambers has already been quite an impact on the Crimson early in his career. Chambers has dished out 17 assists, while only turning the ball over four times. He also has scored 14 points in two straight games and is second on the Crimson with 12.3 points per contest.
The Crimson will face opponents from at least 11 conferences in 2012-13. Harvard has wins over two conference this season: MAAC and NEWMAC. The Crimson established a new program record by earning wins over schools from 11 conferences last year.
In Harvard's season-opening victory against MIT, Kenyatta Smith rejected five shots, a career-high, while Jonah Travis added three blocked shots. Harvard players swatted 10 shots in total against the Engineers, a season-best.
Steve Moundou-Missi rejected four shots at UMass Nov. 13, as he also established a career-high early this season.
In Harvard's 69-54 win over MIT Nov. 9, four Crimson players posted a career-high for points: Wesley Saunders (11), Siyani Chambers (nine), Kenyatta Smith (eight) and Alex Nesbitt (two).
Saunders (18) and Chambers (14) followed by setting new career-highs in scoring in Harvard's next game against Massachusetts Nov. 13.
Stepping Up On D
The Crimson opened 2012-13 by only surrendering 54 points against MIT Nov. 9 and is averaging 55.3 points per game on defense this year, which ranks 37th in the country.
On The Big Screen
The Crimson will play at least 14 games on national or regional television this season, which will establish a new program record.
Harvard was 6-4 on TV last year and is 0-1 on television this season. The Crimson has 13 TV games remaining against Saint Joseph's Nov. 20 (NBC Sports), Vermont Nov. 27 (NBC Sports), Boston College Dec. 4 (ESPN3), Connecticut Dec. 7 (SNY), California Dec. 29 (Pac-12 Networks), Saint Mary's Dec. 31 (ESPN2), Memphis Jan. 19 (FSN), Dartmouth Jan. 26 (NBC Sports), Princeton Feb. 16 (NBC Sports), Yale Feb. 23 (CBS Sports), Princeton March 1 (ESPNU), Penn March 2 (NBC Sports) and Cornell March 9 (NBC Sports).
The Crimson has used the same starting lineup in its first three games this season: Siyani Chambers, Laurent Rivard, Wesley Saunders, Steve Moundou-Missi and Kenyatta Smith.
All We Do Is Win
Last season, Harvard was one of only 40 schools in the nation with at least 26 victories.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 30-1 (.968) at Lavietes Pavilion since Feb. 19, 2010.
Harvard enjoyed a 28-game home win streak, a program record, between Feb. 19, 2010 and Feb. 24, 2012. The streak was the second longest in the country during that stretch, and Harvard finished 11-1 at home during season after going 14-0 at Lavietes Pavilion in 2010-11.
Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) is in his sixth season as head coach of the Harvard men's basketball team. He registered his 250th career coaching victory Dec. 4, 2011 against Seattle at Lavietes Pavilion. Amaker has guided Harvard to its first national ranking and also led the Crimson to back-to-back Ivy League titles, the first two conference crowns in school history. In addition, the Crimson established a program record with 26 victories in 2011-12.
He brings a 270-196 (.579) career head coaching record into today's game, including a 94-57 (.623) mark at Harvard, a 108-84 (.563) record at Michigan and a 68-55 (.553) record at Seton Hall.
Amaker Moving Up Harvard Coaching Chart
With his 94 wins in Cambridge, Tommy Amaker now ranks fifth in program history in coaching victories.
Frank Sullivan (1991-2007) - 178 wins
Floyd S. Wilson (1954-68) - 143
Edward A. Wachter (1920-33) - 120
Frank McLaughlin (1977-85) - 99
Tommy Amaker (2007-present) - 94
Amaker owns the highest winning percentage in Crimson history (with two or more years of service) with a .623 clip.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 103-22 (.824) when leading at halftime and 26-72 (.265) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 40-7 when leading at the half (.851).
35 Is The Magic Number
The Crimson has shot over 35 percent from beyond the arc in all three games in 2012-13 and owns a 2-1 record.