Harvard Men's Basketball Set to Face UConn Friday on SNY, ESPN3
Laurent Rivard is shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc this season (Gil Talbot).
Harvard remains on the road and will visit Connecticut Friday evening in a game that will be shown live on SNY and ESPN3.com.
Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on SNY and ESPN3.com. Kevin Connors and Kara Lawson will have the call. Andy Katz will be the sideline reporter.
Harvard audio will be available with a subscription to GoCrimson.com. Zack Guzman and Ben Zauzmer will be behind the mic.
Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against Connecticut
Harvard and Connecticut have met 17 times on the hardwood, with the Huskies owning a 15-2 lead in the series, which began in 1921-22. Last season, the Huskies emerged with a 67-53 victory. The then-No. 9/9 UConn topped the then-No. 24/25 Crimson, who was making its first ever appearance in the national polls.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Siyani Chambers scored a career-high 21 points and added seven assists, and Wesley Saunders tallied 18 points, as Harvard defeated Boston College for the fifth straight season, 79-63, Tuesday evening. Jonah Travis netted 14 points and was perfect shooting the basketball, going 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line. Harvard made 6-of-14 3-pointers (.429) and only turned the ball over nine times.
Connecticut's Last Time Out
Despite UConn having three players reach double figures (Shabazz Napier (19), Ryan Boatright (18) and Enosch Wolf (12), the Huskies fell to No. 25 North Carlina State, 69-65, in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden Tuesday evening. UConn was outscored, 42-26, in the paint, and was outrebounded, 37-33.
Harvard/Amaker Against Connecticut
The Crimson is 0-3 against Connecticut under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Harvard Against The Big East
The Crimson owns a 6-39 all-time record against current members of the Big East conference.
Hoop And The Harm
In the Crimson's 79-63 win over Boston College, Harvard scored four and-ones and went 3-of-4 from the foul line on the ensuing free throw. Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders each netted two buckets after being fouled in the victory.
Since missing a foul shot early in the game at Massachusetts Nov. 13, Siyani Chambers has made 28 in a row at the charity stripe. He is shooting 93.8 percent from the line (30-of-32) for the season, which is tied for 20th in the nation.
Harvard Sweeps Weekly Awards
Wesley Saunders was tabbed the Ivy League Player of the Week Dec. 3, after averaging 19.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in two contests last week. Saunders scored a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and went 13-of-18 from the foul line, finishing with 17 points, in a win over Fordham Dec. 1.
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3)
Getting To The Line
Wesley Saunders hit 13-of-18 foul shots against Fordham Dec. 1. His 13 foul shots marked the most since Kyle Casey sank 13 from the charity stripe (13-16) at Santa Clara Jan. 4, 2010. Saunders' 18 attempts was the most since Brian Cusworth '07 went 10-of-19 at Dartmouth Jan. 6, 2007.
Drawing Contact From Beyond The Arc
In the second half at Boston College Dec. 4, Laurent Rivard was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and drained all three ensuing foul shots.
Kings of Massachusetts' Courts
From Dec. 10, 2008 through Nov. 13, 2012, the Crimson owned a 15-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71 in 2008. UMass snapped the streak by downing Harvard, 67-64, Nov. 13 of this year.
Since the loss to Northeastern in 2008, Harvard is 12-0 against Boston area schools, having defeated Boston College five times, MIT four times and Boston University on three occasions.
Harvard Against the BCS
Harvard owns a 9-10 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated Boston College five times and has also topped Michigan, Colorado, Utah and Florida State during Amaker's tenure. The Crimson also defeated at least one BCS team in each of the last six seasons.
The Crimson will face two more BCS teams this season: Connecticut and California. Harvard defeated Boston College for the fifth straight year, 79-63, Dec. 4.
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 5.1 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 19 times this season for a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for second in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best eight assists against Vermont Nov. 27. Chambers paces the Ivy League in 3-point shooting (11-of-21, .524) and is second in foul shooting (30-of-32, .938).
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 12.7 points per game and has reached double figures in five of the last six contests.
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 44 of Harvard's 104 3-point attempts this season, or 42.3 percent. Rivard is making 45.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (20-44), while the Crimson is shooting 42.3 percent as a team (44-104). Siyani Chambers leads the team with a 52.4 percent clip from long distance (11-21).
Seeing Lots Of Time
Siyani Chambers is averaging 36.6 minutes per game during his rookie season, which is tied for 27th most in the nation.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 31-2 (.939) at Lavietes Pavilion since Feb. 19, 2010.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first seven games this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and paces the Crimson with 16.1 points per game, good for second in the Ivy League
'D' At Lavietes
Harvard is only allowing 62.0 points per game at home this season, compared to 68.3 points per contest in road games.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 105-22 (.827) when leading at halftime and 26-74 (.260) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 42-7 when leading at the half (.857) and is 4-0 when owning an advantage at the midway point of games this year.
The Crimson will face opponents from at least 11 conferences in 2012-13. Harvard has wins over four conferences this season: ACC, Atlantic-10, MAAC and NEWMAC. The Crimson established a new program record by earning wins over schools from 11 conferences last year.
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 74 games throughout this career (74-23, .763).
Wesley Saunders, who has reached double figures in scoring in all seven games this year, leads the Crimson with 16.1 points per game. Siyani Chambers (12.7 ppg) and Laurent Rivard (11.4 ppg) are also averaging double figures in points. Jonah Travis, who has Harvard's one double-double on the year, leads the team with 5.4 rebounds per contest and is scoring 9.9 points per game.
The Huskies, who are a perfect 3-0 at home with wins over Vermont, Stony Brook and New Hampshire, are led offensively by Shabazz Napier, who is averaging 18.6 points per game. Ryan Boatright (14.3 ppg) and Omar Calhoun (10.1 ppg) are also scoring threats for the Huskies.
Napier and Shabazz are both shooting 83.7 percent from the charity stripe, while Napier is also hitting 39.1 percent of his 3-point shots (18-of-46). UConn has made 45 blocks on the season, or 5.6 per contest, and is holding teams to 64.4 points per game on defense. Opponents do own an edge in rebounds, 38.2-32.4, but the Huskies are holding their opposition to 38.8 percent shooting from the floor overall.
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 1-3 on television this season. The Crimson has 10 TV games remaining against 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 five of its first seven games this season: Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders have started all seven games this season. Laurent Rivard has started six gaemes, while Kenyatta Smith and Steve Moundou-Missi have five starts apiece.
Christian Webster surpassed the 800-point mark against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 819 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 the 100th 3-pointer of his career in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis against Central Florida Nov. 26, 2011. Webster (128) is tied with Tyler Rullman '93 for seventh in program history in careeer 3-pointers and is three shy of tying Mike Gielen '89 for sixth. 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 723 points. He also has 190 rebounds in his career and 147 3-pointers. He needs 20 3-pointers to tie Mike Gilmore '96 for fourth in program history (167). Rivard ranks third in the Harvard record books with a career .409 3-point shooting percentage.
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 272-198 (.579) career head coaching record into today's game, including a 96-59 (.619) 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 96 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) - 96
Amaker owns the highest winning percentage in Crimson history (with two or more years of service) with a .619 clip.