Harvard Men's Basketball Set to Host Dartmouth on NBC Sports Network Saturday
The Harvard men's basketball team is 6-1 at home this year (Joe Murphy).
The Harvard men's basketball team returns to conference play, as the Crimson hosts Dartmouth in an Ivy League contest Saturday afternoon on NBC Sports Network.
The game will be shown live nationally on NBC Sports. Randy Moss and Dalen Cuff will have the call.
Series History Against Dartmouth
Harvard and Dartmouth first met during the 1900-01 season. The Big Green leads the all-time series, 94-81, but the Crimson has taken the last seven games between the schools, including a 75-65 win in Hanover, N.H., early this year on Jan. 12. Siyani Chambers scored a career-high 22 points in the first contest of the season against the Big Green.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Wesley Saunders extended his streak of reaching double digits in scoring to 15 games, as he led the Crimson with 11 points, but Harvard fell on the road at Memphis, 60-50, Jan. 19. Steve Moundou-Missi added 10 points and seven rebounds, and Kenyatta Smith rejected three shots for the Crimson. Harvard battled back from a 20-point deficit early in the second half but could not complete the comeback.
Dartmouth's Last Time Out
The Big Green shut down Colby-Sawyer, 80-42, in Hanover, N.H., Jan. 17. Tyler Melville tallied 16 points, and Gabas Maldunas added 14 points in a winning effort for Dartmouth. The Big Green shot 56.3 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc as a team. Dartmouth enjoyed a 43-24 edge in rebounds and a 19-7 advantage in assists.
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 four times this season (Dec. 3, Dec. 17 and Jan. 7). He ranks second on the Crimson with 12.7 points per contest and paces the Ivy League with 6.1 assists per game.
On Pace For History
Laurent Rivard has buried 43 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.
If Rivard makes 40 more 3-pointers this year, he will also tie the program record for career treys, held by Dan Clemente '01 (220). Rivard currently has 170 career triples, ranking him fourth in program history.
Lin: Third in All-Star Voting
Jeremy Lin '10, current guard of the Houston Rockets, finished third in the NBA All-Star vote among members of the backcourt in the Western Conference. Lin received 883,809 votes, narrowly missing a spot to start in the NBA All-Star game in Houston Feb. 17. Lin had the fifth most votes of any Western Conference player and the ninth most in the NBA overall.
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 fifth in the nation in team 3-point shooting (.417) and is tied for 22nd in team field-goal shooting (.479).
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 63-58.
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.
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 91 assists this season in 15 games, or 6.1 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 170 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 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from beyond the arc in his rookie campaign, ranking fourth 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 third in the Ivy League and 49th in the nation.
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in seven statistical categories. Saunders is first in scoring (16.1 ppg), first in steals (2.1 spg), second in field-goal percentage (.535), fifth in minutes played (35.7 per game), seventh in assists (3.4 apg), seventh in free-throw percentage (.733) and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1).
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 6.1 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 49 times for a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for fourth in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best 10 assists vs. Rice Jan. 5.
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 12.7 points per game and has reached double figures in 10 of the last 13 contests.
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.
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 his career (79-26, .752).
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 37.3 minutes per game, while Wesley Saunders (35.7) is fifth and Laurent Rivard (34.9) ranks sixth.
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 and at Memphis Jan. 19.
As a team, Harvard is shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range (101-of-242), which leads the Ivy League and ranks fifth 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 98 of Harvard's 242 3-point attempts this season, or 40.5 percent. Rivard is making 43.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (43-98).
Since the game at Princeton Feb. 24, 2012, Laurent Rivard has made at least one 3-pointer in 19 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 15 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 16.1 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 64.9 points per contest in road games.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 108-23 (.824) when leading at halftime and 28-76 (.269) 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 2-6 on television this season. The Crimson has six TV games remaining against 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).