Harvard Men's Basketball Travels West, Faces Cal on Pac-12 Network Saturday
Jonah Travis and the Crimson play at California Dec. 29 and at St. Mary's Dec. 31 (Jessica Hill).
The Harvard men's basketball begins a two-game west coast swing, as the Crimson visits California Saturday at 8 p.m. PST.
The game will be shown live on the Pac-12 Network. Ted Robinson and Ernie Kent will have the call. Check your local listings for the channel in your area.
Series History Against California
The Crimson and Bears have met twice, with California holding a 2-0 edge in the series. The Bears downed the Crimson, 77-74, during the 1970-71 season and defeated Harvard, 69-54, in 2001-02.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Four Harvard players reached double figures in scoring, as the Crimson held off Holy Cross, 72-65, at Lavietes Pavilion Dec. 22. Wesley Saunders tallied 15 points, while Siyani Chambers (14), Christian Webster (13) and Laurent Rivard (10) also had the scoring touch. The Crimson outrebounded the Crusaders 27-25, and shot 50 percent from the floor (25-of-50), while going 7-of-19 (.368) from beyond the arc.
California's Last Time Out
Led by Allen Crabbe's 23-point effort, Cal downed Prairie View A&M, 85-53, Dec. 22. Crabbe went 8-of-11 from the floor, while Richard Solomon shot 7-of-11, finishing with 18 points. Justin Cobbs chipped in with 14 points, and Tyrone Wallace dished out five assists.
Harvard/Amaker Against California
The Crimson has yet to play the Bears under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Harvard Against The Pac-12
Harvard is 2-18 against current members of the Pac-12 conference. The Crimson's wins came against Utah and Colorado.
Chambers For Cousy Award
Freshman Siyani Chambers was recently named a nominee for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top men's college basketball point guard each season. Chambers has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice this season (Dec. 3 and Dec. 17). He ranks second on the Crimson with 12.7 points per contest and paces the Ivy League with 5.1 assists per game.
Bob Cousy Award Nominee
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 17)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 10)
Harvard In California
The Crimson will be making its first trip to California since defeating Loyola Marymount, 77-67, Nov. 19, 2011.
Run At The Charity Stripe
Before missing a foul shot against Holy Cross Dec. 22, Siyani Chambers made 32 in a row at the charity stripe over the course of seven contests since Nov. 13. He is shooting 92.5 percent from the line (36-of-39) for the season, which is tied for 18th in the nation.
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in seven statistical categories. Saunders is second in scoring (15.8 ppg), fifth in minutes (34.7 per game), fifth in steals (1.9 spg), sixth in assists (3.4 apg), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4), sixth in field goal percentage (.510) and 10th in free throw percentage (.716).
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 5.1 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 29 times this season for a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for third in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best eight assists against Vermont Nov. 27. Chambers paces the Ivy League in foul shooting (36-of-39, .925), which also places him tied for 14th nationally. The freshman point guard is fourth in the Ancient Eight in 3-point shooting (.471, 16-of-34).
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 12.7 points per game and has reached double figures in six of the last eight contests.
Seeing Lots Of Time
Siyani Chambers is averaging 37.3 minutes per game during his rookie season, which is third in the conference and tied for 13th most in the nation.
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.
During his career, Rivard has been fouled 17 times while taking a 3-pointer. He has hit five of them for an and-one and has shot three free throws on 12 occasions. Against George Washington on Jan. 14, 2012, Rivard drew contact three times while attempting a shot from beyond the arc.
Laurent Rivard has taken 61 of Harvard's 156 3-point attempts this season, or 39.1 percent. Rivard is making 39.3 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (24-61), while the Crimson is shooting 40.4 percent as a team (63-156). Siyani Chambers leads the team with a 47.1 percent clip from long distance (16-34).
Since the game at Princeton Feb. 24, 2012, Laurent Rivard has made at least one 3-pointer in 14 straight games. As a freshman, Rivard connected on at least one 3-pointer in 15 straight games from Nov. 17, 2010 until Jan. 8, 2011.
The Crimson program record for consecutive games with a 3-point field goal is 29, held by Jim Goffredo '07.
Harvard Against the BCS
Harvard owns a 9-11 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 one more BCS team this season: California. Harvard beat Boston College for the fifth straight year, 79-63, Dec. 4, but fell on the road at Connecticut, 57-49, Dec. 7.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 33-2 (.943) 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 5-1 at home this season, with the only loss coming to Vermont Nov. 27.
As a team, Harvard is shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range (63-of-156), which leads the Ivy League and ranks 14th in the nation.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first 10 games this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and paces the Crimson with 15.8 points per game, good for second in the Ivy League.
Kings of Massachusetts's Courts
From Dec. 10, 2008 through Nov. 13, 2012, the Crimson owned a 15-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which began after falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71 in 2008. UMass snapped the streak by downing Harvard, 67-64, Nov. 13 of this year. The Crimson is 4-1 against Massachusetts teams this season with wins over MIT, BC, BU and Holy Cross and is 19-1 over its last 20 games against teams from the Commonwealth.
Since the loss to Northeastern in 2008, Harvard is 13-0 against Boston area schools, having defeated Boston College five times, MIT four times and Boston University on four occasions.
'D' At Lavietes
Harvard is only allowing 62.8 points per game at home this season compared to 65.5 points per contest in road games.
Wesley Saunders hit 13-of-18 foul shots against Fordham Dec. 1, 2012. 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 were the most since Brian Cusworth '07 went 10-of-19 at Dartmouth Jan. 6, 2007.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 106-22 (.828) when leading at halftime and 27-75 (.264) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 43-7 when leading at the half (.860) and is 5-0 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 six conferences this season: ACC, America East, Atlantic-10, MAAC, NEWMAC and Patriot League. 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 76 games throughout this career (76-24, .760).
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 1-4 on television this season. The Crimson has nine TV games remaining against 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).
With four seconds remaining, Siyani Chambers nailed the game-winning bucket, lifting Harvard to a 65-64 win over Boston University at Lavietes Pavilion Dec. 11.
Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders have started all 10 games this season. Laurent Rivard has started nine games, while Kenyatta Smith and Steve Moundou-Missi have made five starts apiece. Jonah Travis and Christian Webster have been in the starting lineup four times each.
Dunk Tally - 2012-13
Jonah Travis 7
Steve Moundou-Missi 5
Wesley Saunders 5
Agunwa Okolie 4
Kenyatta Smith 3
Michael Hall 1
Christian Webster surpassed the 800-point mark against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 854 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 (137) is sixth in program history in career 3-pointers. Webster is also third in Harvard history in free-throw shooting (.864, 191 of 221). Webster ranks 16th in team history with 97 games played.
Laurent Rivard scored his 700th point against Vermont Nov. 27, 2012, and now has 741 points. He also has 206 rebounds, having grabbed his 200th against Boston University Dec. 11, 2012, in his career and 151 3-pointers. He needs 16 3-pointers to tie Mike Gilmore '96 for fourth in program history (167). Rivard ranks third in the Harvard record books with a career .402 3-point shooting percentage.