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Harvard Men's Basketball Welcomes Vermont Tuesday, Game Shown on NBC Sports Network

Kenyatta Smith and the Crimson hosts Vermont and Fordham at Lavietes Pavilion this week (Greg Carroccio).

The Particulars
Harvard makes its second straight national television appearance, as the Crimson hosts Vermont in a game shown live on NBC Sports Network Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Crimson enters the week 2-2, while the Catamounts own a 3-1 overall mark.
 
Game Coverage
NBC Sports Network will broadcast the game live, with Dalen Cuff and Dave Kaplan having the call.
 
Harvard audio and video will also be available with a subscription to GoCrimson.com. Charlie Hobbs and Brecka Fetzer will have the call.
 
Live statistics will be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
 
Series History Against Vermont
Harvard and Vermont have played 26 times, with the Crimson holding a 16-10 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1926-27. The Crimson has won three of the last four games between the schools, including a 55-48 decision at Vermont last season.
 
Harvard's Last Time Out
Wesley Saunders tied his career-high with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Laurent Rivard drained four 3-pointers and added 15 points, but the Crimson fell on the road at Saint Joseph's, 75-56, in a game shown live nationally on NBC Sports Network Nov. 20. Saunders made 8-of-11 shots in the game, while also handing out a team-high three assists.
 
Vermont's Last Time Out
Led by an 18-point effort by Candon Rusin, Vermont knocked off Yale, 65-52, Nov. 21. Brian Voelkel grabbed 12 rebounds, including nine on the defensive end, while also dishing out five assists. The Catamounts made 25-of-32 (.781) free throw attempts, but did not hit a 3-pointer, going 0-of-6.
 
Harvard/Amaker Against Vermont
The Crimson is 1-1 against Vermont under head coach Tommy Amaker.
 
Harvard Against The America East
The Crimson is 89-60 all-time against current members of the America East Conference. In addition to Vermont, Harvard will also play Boston University (Dec. 11) from the America East this season.
 
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.
 
Heating Up
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first four games this season. He tallied a career-high 18 points at Massachusetts Nov. 13 and tied that mark by shooting 8-of-11 at Saint Joseph's Nov. 20. Saunders also tied his career best with nine rebounds against the Hawks.

'D' At Lavietes
Harvard is only allowing 49.5 points per game at home this season, compared to 71.0 points per contest in road games.

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.

Scouting Harvard
Through four games, Wesley Saunders has led Harvard in scoring in two games and is averaging a team-best 14.3 points per game this season. Saunders has also attempted a Harvard-high 23 foul shots, hitting 18 (.783). Laurent Rivard, has made 12-of-26 3-pointer attempts (.462), and is second on the Crimson with 11.8 points per contest.
 
Harvard is shooting 43.8 percent from the field as a team, with Agunwa Okolie leading the way hitting 5-of-7 bucket attempts (.727). Three players are averaging five or more rebounds per game for Harvard, led by Saunders (5.5 rpg). Steve Moundou-Missi (5.3) and Kenyatta Smith (5.0) have also been strong on the glass.
 
Scouting Vermont
The Catamounts are coming off a 65-52 win over Yale Nov. 21. Candon Rusin scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and Brian Voelkel grabbed 12 rebounds in the win. Vermont downed the Bulldogs, despite going 0-of-6 from 3-point range.
 
Rusin is Vermont's leading scorer with 9.8 points per game, followed by Luke Apfield (9.5) and Ethan O'Day (9.3). Voelkel paces the team with 8.3 rebounds per contest, and he is averaging 4.3 assists per game. Vermont is 2-1 in road games, having defeated Siena and Northeastern. The Catamounts are shooting well from the foul line (.774, 72-of-93), but are struggling from beyond the arc (.240, 12-of-50).
 
Strong Start
Freshman Siyani Chambers has already been quite an impact on the Crimson early in his career. Chambers has dished out 19 assists, while only turning the ball over nine times. He is third on the Crimson with 9.8 points per contest.
 
Conference Watch
The Crimson will face opponents from at least 11 conferences in 2012-13. Harvard has wins over two conferences this season: MAAC and NEWMAC. The Crimson established a new program record by earning wins over schools from 11 conferences last year.
 
Stepping Up On D
The Crimson opened 2012-13 by only surrendering 54 points against MIT Nov. 9 and allowed only 45 points in a victory over Manhattan Nov. 16. Harvard is averaging 60.2 points per game on defense this year, which ranks 68th in the country.
 
Harvard gave up only 55.6 points per game last season, good for fourth in the nation in scoring defense. Harvard only allowed 70 points three times and surrendered 50 or less points in 11 games and less than 40 points twice.
 
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 0-2 on television this season. The Crimson has 12 TV games remaining against 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).
 
Consistent Lineup
The Crimson has used the same starting lineup in its first four 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.

Milestone Watch
Christian Webster surpassed the 700-point mark at Boston College, Dec. 29, 2011, and now has 799 points in his career. He dished out his 100th assist at Connecticut Dec. 8, 2011, and grabbed his 200th rebound at Fordham Jan. 3, 2012. Webster also hit his 100th 3-pointer of his career in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis against Central Florida Nov. 26, 2011. Webster (123) needs five 3-pointers to tie Tyler Rullman '93 for seventh in program history (128). Webster is Harvard's current all-time career leader in free-throw shooting (.883, 188 of 213).

Laurent Rivard scored his 600th point against Princeton Feb. 24, 2012, and now has 690 points. He also has 180 rebounds in his career and 139 3-pointers. He needs 28 3-pointers to tie Mike Gilmore '96 for fourth in program history (167). Rivard ranks third in the Harvard record books with a .408 3-point shooting percentage over his career.
 
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 270-197 (.578) career head coaching record into today's game, including a 94-58 (.618) 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 .618 clip.

 

Halftime Report
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 103-22 (.824) when leading at halftime and 26-73 (.262) 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 three games in 2012-13 and owns a 2-1 record in those games. Harvard is 0-1 when failing to reach the 35 percent mark.
 
Harvard posted a 15-1 record when shooting better than 35 percent from 3-point range and an 11-4 mark when failing to reach 35 percent from long distance last season.
 
Harvard On ESPN Marathon
Harvard was part of ESPN's 24-hour live Tip-Off Marathon, featuring 11 games Nov. 13. The Crimson took on Massachusetts at 10 a.m., falling, 67-64, in the final seconds.