Ivy Opener: Harvard Men's Basketball Begins Conference Play at Dartmouth Saturday
Harvard stands at 8-5 overall on the year (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's basketball team begins conference play by visiting Dartmouth Saturday afternoon for a 4 p.m. contest in Hanover, N.H. Harvard has won the Ivy League title the last two seasons, the first two conference crowns in program history.
Live video will be available with a subscription at DartmouthSports.com.
Live audio will also be available at GoCrimson.com. Zack Guzman and Ben Zauzmer will have the call. Live statistics can be found for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against Dartmouth
Harvard and Dartmouth first met during the 1900-01 season. The Big Green leads the all-time series, 94-80, but the Crimson has taken the last six games between the schools, including a 54-38 win in Hanover, N.H., Jan. 21, 2012. Corbin Miller went 5-of-6 from the field and hit 3-of-4 3-pointers, finishing with 13 points.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Five Crimson players reached double figures in scoring, led by Laurent Rivard (21 points) and Wesley Saunders (21 points), as Harvard knocked off Rice, 92-62, Jan. 5. Siyani Chambers recorded the first double-double of this career, handing out 10 assists and scoring 14 points, while Kenyatta Smith added 11 points, and Jonah Travis had 10 points. The Crimson shot 8-of-15 (.533) from beyond the arc as a team and went 31-of-48 (.646) from the field overall.
Dartmouth's Last Time Out
Gabas Maldunas and John Golden each scored 13 points, as the Big Green earned a 75-58 win over Army Jan. 8. Jvonte Brooks came down with 12 rebounds, and Dartmouth made 10-of-19 3-point attempts (.526).
Harvard/Amaker Against Dartmouth
The Crimson is 8-2 against the Big Green under head coach Tommy Amaker. Harvard split the first four games vs. Dartmouth with Amaker as head coach, but the Crimson has taken the last six meetings between the conference rivals.
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 three times this season (Dec. 3 and Dec. 17). He ranks second on the Crimson with 12.6 points per contest and paces the Ivy League with 6.0 assists per game.
Harvard Against The Ivy League
Over the past two seasons, the Crimson boasts a 24-5 mark (.828) against Ivy League opponents. During that stretch, Harvard is 11-3 (.786) against Ancient Eight opponents on the road, 13-1 at home (.929) and 0-1 in neutral-site contests.
Harvard stands 5-0 in Ivy League openers under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Jonah Travis had 16 points and 12 rebounds against Fordham Dec. 1, giving Harvard its first double-double of the season. Siyani Chambers followed with 14 points and 10 assists for another double-double for the Crimson Jan. 5.
Bob Cousy Award Nominee
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 10)
With Harvard's 92-62 victory over Rice Jan. 5, the Crimson reached the 90-point plateau for the first time since defeating Brown, 91-71, at Lavietes Pavilion Feb. 26, 2010. Harvard's 92-point effort was the most since winning at Seattle, 92-71, Jan. 2, 2010.
Rookie point guard Siyani Chambers has dished out 78 assists this season in 13 games, or 6.0 points per contest. The Harvard record for assists in a season by a freshman is 178, set by Glenn Fine '79 in 1975-76.
On Pace For History
Laurent Rivard has buried 37 3-pointers this year and is on pace to break Harvard's single-season record for treys. Kevin Rogus '05 connected on 74 triples during the 2003-04 campaign, and Rivard is on pace to make 80 3-pointers this season.
Hot Touch From Downtown
Siyani Chambers made all five of his 3-point attempts at St. Mary's Dec. 31. Chambers is shooting 47.1 percent (24-of-51) from beyond the arc in his rookie campaign, ranking fourth in the Ivy League. Laurent Rivard is making 44.0 percent of his shots from long distance (37-of-84), good for sixth in the conference.
Run At The Charity Stripe
Before missing against Holy Cross Dec. 22, Siyani Chambers made 32 shot in a row at the charity stripe over the course of seven contests, beginning Nov. 13. He is shooting 89.8 percent from the line (44-of-49) for the season, which ranks first in the Ivy League and 23rd in the nation.
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in six statistical categories. Saunders is first in scoring (16.2 ppg), first in steals (2.0 spg), fourth in field-goal percentage (.504), fifth in minutes played (35.3 per game), sixth in assists (3.4 apg), seventh in free-throw percentage (.763) and eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3).
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 6.0 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 39 times this season for a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for third in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best 10 assists vs. Rice Jan. 5.
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 12.6 points per game and has reached double figures in nine of the last 11 contests.
Seeing Lots Of Time
Three Harvard players are among the top seven players in the Ancient Eight in minutes played. Siyani Chambers is second in the conference with 37.4 minutes per game, while Wesley Saunders (35.3) is fifth and Laurent Rivard (34.1) ranks seventh.
Chambers, Saunders and Christian Webster have also each played all 40 minutes of a game this year. Chambers played every minute at Massachusetts Nov. 13, vs. Holy Cross Dec. 22 and at California Dec. 29. Saunders saw time in all 40 minutes at St. Mary's Dec. 31, while Webster played all 40 minutes vs. Boston University Dec. 11.
Harvard Against The Ivy League Under Amaker
Over the five seasons under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson owns a 43-27 record in Ivy League conference games (.614).
Laurent Rivard has taken 84 of Harvard's 213 3-point attempts this season, or 39.4 percent. Rivard is making 44.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (37-84), while the Crimson is shooting 42.3 percent as a team (90-213).
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.
Since the game at Princeton Feb. 24, 2012, Laurent Rivard has made at least one 3-pointer in 17 straight games, a career best. 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.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 34-2 (.944) 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 6-1 at home this season, with the only loss coming to Vermont Nov. 27.
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.
As a team, Harvard is shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range (90-of-213), which leads the Ivy League and ranks fourth in the nation.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first 13 games this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and had another 21-point effort vs. Rice Jan. 5. He paces the Crimson and the Ivy League with 16.2 points per game.
Saunders is the first Harvard player to reach double digits in scoring in at least consecutive 10 games since Keith Wright '12 tallied 10 or more points in 19 straight contests between Jan. 22, 2011-Nov. 24, 2011.
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 62.7 points per game at home this season compared to 65.7 points per contest in road games.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 108-23 (.824) when leading at halftime and 27-75 (.264) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 45-8 (.849) when leading at the half and is 7-1 (.875) 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 eight conferences this season: ACC, America East, Atlantic-10, Conference USA, MAAC, NEWMAC, Pac-12 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 78 games throughout this career (78-25, .757).
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 2-5 on television this season. The Crimson has seven TV games remaining against 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).