Harvard Men's Basketball Visits St. Mary's Monday Evening; Game on ESPN2
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in all 11 games this season (Kelley Cox).
The Harvard men's basketball concludes its trip out west, as the Crimson visits St. Mary's Monday at 8 p.m. EST.
The game will be shown live on ESPN2. Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham will have the call. The contest will also be shown on ESPN3.com.
Series History Against St. Mary's
This will be the first meeting between Harvard and St. Mary's.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Laurent Rivard drained five 3-pointers and led Harvard with 19 points, while Wesley Saunders tallied 18 points as the Crimson knocked off California, 67-62, Saturday evening. Harvard made 10 3-pointers as a team, while holding Cal to 0-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. The Crimson went 13-of-14 (.929) from the foul line and shot 22-of-60 (.367) from the field for the game.
St. Mary's Last Time Out
Matthew Dellavedova poured in a game-high 24 points, going 9-of-13 from the floor, as St. Mary's defeated Yale, 78-62, Dec. 30. Jorden Page, Brad Waldow and Beau Levesque all added 10 points for the Gaels. St. Mary's made 29-of-56 field goal attempts (.518) and shot 6-of-15 from 3-point range .400).
Harvard/Amaker Against St. Mary's
The Crimson has yet to play the Gaels under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Harvard Against The West Coast Conference
Harvard is 4-4 against current members of the West Coast Conference.
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 12.2 points per contest and paces the Ivy League with 5.5 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 is 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 92.9 percent from the line (36-of-39) for the season, which is tied for 11th in the nation.
As a freshman in 2009-10, Laurent Rivard drained 30 consecutive foul shots between Nov. 28, 2010 and Jan. 15, 2011, a span of 11 games. Rivard is shooting 95.7 from the line this season, good for third in the country. Rivard and Chambers are first and second, respectively, in the Ivy League in foul shooting percentage.
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in seven statistical categories. Saunders is first in scoring (16.0 ppg), second in steals (1.9 spg), fifth in minutes (35.1 per game), seventh in assists (3.2 apg), seventh in field goal percentage (.504), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and 10th in free throw percentage (.732).
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 5.5 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 31 times this season for a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for second in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best eight assists against Vermont Nov. 27.
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 12.2 points per game and has reached double figures in seven of the last nine contests.
Seeing Lots Of Time
Siyani Chambers is averaging 37.5 minutes per game during his rookie season, which is tied for first in the conference and ninth 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 73 of Harvard's 183 3-point attempts this season, or 39.9 percent. Rivard is making 39.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (29-73), while the Crimson is shooting 39.9 percent as a team (176-237). Siyani Chambers leads the team with a 41.5 percent clip from long distance (17-41).
Since the game at Princeton Feb. 24, 2012, Laurent Rivard has made at least one 3-pointer in 15 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 10-11 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated Boston College five times and has also topped Michigan, Colorado, Utah, Florida State and California during Amaker's tenure. The Crimson also defeated at least one BCS team in each of the last six seasons.
Harvard beat Boston College for the fifth straight year, 79-63, Dec. 4, downed California, 67-62, Dec. 29, 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 39.9 percent from 3-point range (73-of-183), which leads the Ivy League and ranks 17th in the nation.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first 11 games this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and paces the Crimson and the Ivy League with 16.0 points per game.