ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Fordham Visits Harvard Men's Basketball Saturday Afternoon

Laurent Rivard is shooting 45.7 percent from beyond the arc this season (Greg Carroccio).

The Particulars
Harvard plays it second straight home game, as the Crimson welcomes Fordham to Lavietes Pavilion Saturday afternoon.

The Crimson, which owns a 2-1 record at home, stands at 2-3 overall, while the Rams head into the game with a 1-5 record.
 
Game Coverage
Harvard video and audio will be available with a subscription to GoCrimson.com. Charlie Hobbs and Brecka Fetzer will be behind the mic.
 
Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
 
Series History Against Fordham
Harvard and Fordham have met 11 times since 1962-63, with the Rams owning an 8-3 advantage in the all-time series. The Crimson, which was ranked No. 21/22 in the nation at the time, fell to the Rams, 60-54, Jan. 3, 2012 in the Bronx, N.Y. Keith Wright '12 scored his 1,000th point in the game.
 
Harvard's Last Time Out
Wesley Saunders (21), Siyani Chambers (16) and Kenyatta Smith (nine) all recorded a career-high for points in an 85-78 setback to Vermont Nov. 27. The Crimson made 56.3 percent of its 3 -point attempts (9-fo-16), but shot only 65.6 percent from the charity stripe (.656).
 
Fordham's Last Time Out
Ryan Canty scored 18 points and shot 8-of-10 from the field, and Branden Frazier added 16 points, but the Rams fell at home to Manhattan, 65-58, Nov. 29. Fordham tallied 32 points in the paint and had eight blocks in the game.
 
Harvard/Amaker Against Fordham
The Crimson is 1-1 against Vermont under head coach Tommy Amaker.
 
Harvard Against The Atlantic-10
The Crimson posted a 2-1 record against schools from the Atlantic 10 last season, defeating Saint Joseph's and George Washington at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard is 0-2 against A-10 foes this year, dropping road contest at Massachusetts and at Saint Joseph's Nov. 20.
 
Harvard owns a 20-37 record against teams that are current members of the Atlantic 10.
 
Drawing Contact From Beyond The Arc
In the second half against Vermont Nov. 27, Laurent Rivard made a 3-pointer after being fouled and then hit the ensuing foul shot for a four-point play.
 
During his career, Rivard has been fouled 16 times while taking a 3-pointer. He has hit five of them for an and-one and has shot three free throws on 11 occassions. Against George Washington on  Jan. 14, 2012, Rivard drew contact three times while attempting a shot from beyond the arc.

Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 5.4 assists per game and has only turned the ball over 11 times this season for a 2.45 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for second in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best eight assists against Vermont Nov. 27.

Chambers ranks third on the Crimson with 11.0 points per game and has reached double figures in three of the last four contests.
 
Long-Range Shooting
Led by Laurent Rivard (4-9), the Crimson drained 56.3 percent (9-16) of its 3-point attempts against Vermont Nov. 27.
 
Rivard has taken 35 of Harvard's 75 3-point attempts this season. Rivard is making 45.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (16-of-35), while the Crimson is shooting 42.7 percent as a team (32-75).

Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 30-2 (.938) 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 last season after going 14-0 at Lavietes Pavilion the year before. The Crimson is 2-1 at home this season.
 
Heating Up
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first five games this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27, and paces the Crimson with 15.6 points per game, good for fourth in the Ivy League

'D' At Lavietes
Harvard is only allowing 61.3 points per game at home this season, compared to 71.0 points per contest in road games.

Scouting Harvard
Wesley Saunders, who has reached double figures in scoring in all five games this year, leads the Crimson with 15.6 points per game. Laurent Rivard (12.8 ppg) and Siyani Chambers (11.0 ppg) are also averaging double figures in points. Chambers ranks second in the Ivy League with 5.4 assists per game and has made 20-of-22 free throws (.909).

Harvard sits at 2-1 at home this season and is outrebounding teams, 34.0-30.4 per game overall. Kenyatta Smith paces the team with 1.8 blocks per contest, and Saunders is making 1.8 steals per game to lead the Crimson.
 
Scouting Fordham
The Rams are also looking to snap a two-game losing streak. as Fordham has dropped consecutive games to Fairfield and Manhattan after defeating Penn Nov. 19. Branden Frazier paces the Rams in scoring with 16.7 points per game, while Chris Gaston (11.3 ppg) and Bryan Smith (10.2 ppg) are also scoring threats.
 
Gaston leads the team in rebounding with 8.7 boards per contest, followed by Travion Leonard (3.8) and Frazier (3.7). The Rams are shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the charity stripe. Opponents are outrebounding Fordham, 38.2-29.8 per game.
 
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. Four of those TV games will be played at Lavietes Pavilion, also a program record.
 
Harvard was 6-4 on TV last year and is 0-3 on television this season. The Crimson has 11 TV games remaining against 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).
 
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.
  
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.
 
Consistent Lineup
The Crimson has used the same starting lineup in its first five games this season: Siyani Chambers, Laurent Rivard, Wesley Saunders, Steve Moundou-Missi and Kenyatta Smith.
 
Milestone Watch
Christian Webster surpassed the 800-point mark against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 806 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 (125) needs three 3-pointers to tie Tyler Rullman '93 for seventh in program history (128). Webster is third in Harvard history in free-throw shooting (.863, 189 of 219).
 
Laurent Rivard scored his 700th point against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 707 points. He also has 185 rebounds in his career and 143 3-pointers. He needs 24 3-pointers to tie Mike Gilmore '96 for fourth in program history (167). Rivard ranks third in the Harvard record books with a .409 3-point shooting percentage over his career.
 
Winning Tradition
Last year's senior class of Oliver McNally '12, Andrew Van Nest '12 and Keith Wright '12 won 84 games (84-34, .712) during their careers, a program record. Current senior Christian Webster has helped Harvard win 72 games throughout this career (72-23, .758).
 
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 65.2 points per game on defense this year.
 
Harvard gave up just 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.
 
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 270-198 (.577) career head coaching record into today's game, including a 94-59 (.614) 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 .614 clip.