Harvard Men's Basketball Travels to Memphis; Game on FSN Saturday
Laurent Rivard has made 42 3-pointers this season (Jessica Hill).
The Harvard men's basketball team will play its final non-conference game of the regular season, as the Crimson visits Memphis Saturday morning.
The game will be shown live nationally on FSN. Ron Thulin, Mike Gminski and Jenn Hildreth will have the call. Check your local listings for the channel in your area.
Series History Against Memphis
Saturday's game will be the first meeting between Harvard and Memphis.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Siyani Chambers went 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and finished with a career-high 22 points, while Wesley Saunders hit 8-of-9 shots from the field for the second straight game and added 19 points in a 75-65 win in the Ivy opener at Dartmouth Jan. 12. Steve Moundou-Missi scored 15 points in 24 minutes off the bench, and Laurent Rivard drained four 3-pointers for a 12-point effort. The Crimson shot 62.8 percent (27-of-43) from the floor as a team and 7-of-13 (.538) from 3-point distance.
Harvard is 3-3 all-time against current members of Conference USA. The Crimson defeated Rice, 92-62, at Lavietes Pavilion Jan. 5.
Chambers Earning Accolades
Freshman Siyani Chambers was 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, Dec. 17 and Jan. 7). He ranks second on the Crimson with 13.3 points per contest and paces the Ivy League with 6.0 assists per game.
On Pace For History
Laurent Rivard has buried 41 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 82 3-pointers this season.
If Rivard makes 42 more 3-pointers this year, he will also tie the program record for career treys, held by Dan Clemente '01 (220). Rivard currently has 168 career triples, ranking him fourth in program history.
Harvard shot a season-best 62.8 percent from the floor as a team in the 75-65 victory at Dartmouth Jan. 12. The Crimson now stands third in the nation in team 3-point shooting (.429) and is tied for 17th in team field-goal shooting (.486).
Bob Cousy Award Nominee
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Jan. 14)
In Harvard's victory at Dartmouth Jan. 5, the Crimson held the Big Green to only five points in nearly the final 10 minutes of play. Dartmouth made its last field goal at 9:25 and only hit three foul shots from that point on. The Crimson closed the game with a 17-2 run, winning 75-65, after trailing 62-58.
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.
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.
Harvard Against The Ivy League
Over the past three seasons, the Crimson boasts a 25-5 mark (.833) against Ivy League opponents. Harvard is 12-3 (.800) against Ancient Eight opponents on the road, 13-1 at home (.929) and 0-1 in neutral-site contests.
With the Crimson's 75-65 win at Dartmouth Jan. 12, Harvard stands 6-0 in Ivy League openers under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Rookie point guard Siyani Chambers has dished out 84 assists this season in 15 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. Chambers is on pace for 168 helpers this year.
Hot Touch From Downtown
Siyani Chambers made all five of his 3-point attempts at St. Mary's Dec. 31 and was 3-of-3 from long range at Dartmouth Jan. 12. Chambers is shooting 50.0 percent (27-of-54) from beyond the arc in his rookie campaign, ranking second in the Ivy League.
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 87.9 percent from the line (51-of-56) for the season, which ranks fourth in the Ivy League and 45th in the nation.
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in seven statistical categories. Saunders is first in scoring (16.4 ppg), first in steals (2.0 spg), second in field-goal percentage (.544), fifth in minutes played (35.5 per game), fifth in assists (3.6 apg), eighth in free-throw percentage (.744) 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 42 times for a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for second in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best 10 assists vs. Rice Jan. 5.
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 13.3 points per game and has reached double figures in 10 of the last 12 contests.
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 79 games throughout this career (79-25, .760).
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 (35.5) is fifth and Laurent Rivard (34.5) ranks seventh.
Chambers, Saunders, Rivard 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. Rivard played every minute at Dartmouth Jan. 12.
As a team, Harvard is shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range (97-of-226), which leads the Ivy League and ranks third in the nation.
Harvard Against The Ivy League Under Amaker
Over the six seasons under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson owns a 44-27 record in Ivy League conference games (.620).
Laurent Rivard has taken 90 of Harvard's 226 3-point attempts this season, or 39.8 percent. Rivard is making 45.6 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (41-90), while the Crimson is shooting 42.9 percent as a team (97-226).
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 18 straight games, a career best and the fifth-longest streak in team history. 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.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first 14 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 16.4 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 teams from Massachusetts 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 65.6 points per contest in road games.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 108-23 (.824) when leading at halftime and 28-75 (.272) 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 nine conferences this season: ACC, America East, Atlantic-10, Conference USA, Ivy League, MAAC, NEWMAC, Pac-12 and Patriot League.
The Crimson established a new program record by earning wins over schools from 11 conferences last year.
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).