Ready to Dance: No. 14 Seed Harvard Set to Take on No. 3 Seed New Mexico Thursday Evening on TNT
The Harvard men's basketball team will be playing in the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season (Gil Talbot).
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The Harvard men's basketball team has reached the NCAA tournament for the second straight year and third time in program history.
The game between the Crimson and Lobos is schedule for Thursday, March 21 at 9:50 p.m. EST (7:50 MST).
The game will be shown live nationally on TNT. Spero Dedes and Doug Gottlieb will have the call. Jamie Maggio will be the sideline reporter.
Charlie Hobbs, Brecka Fetzer and Ben Zauzmer will be the audio announcers on WRHB 95.3 FM-Cambridge. Live statistics will also be available at GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against New Mexico
Harvard and New Mexico have never met on the basketball court.
The Crimson is 0-2 against Arizona and has never faced Belmont.
Harvard Vs. The Mountain West Conference
The Crimson is 0-2 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Laurent Rivard tallied 17 points, making 4-of-8 3-point attempts, Siyani Chambers netted 16 points, hitting 6-of-8 field-goal attempts, and Wesley Saunders scored 14 points, as the Crimson defeated Cornell, 65-56, March 9 to win the Ivy League title, the third straight conference crown for Harvard.
New Mexico's Last Time Out
The Lobos won the Mountain West Conference tournament, defeating UNLV, 63-56, in the championship game. Tony Snell tallied 21 points, sinking five 3-pointers, while Kendall Williams tallied 12 points and added seven assists.
Harvard In The NCAA Tournament
The Crimson is 0-3 all-time in the NCAA tournament, having played in 2012 and 1946. Harvard fell to Ohio State, 46-38, and NYU, 67-61, in the 1946 tournament and lost to Vanderbilt, 79-70, last season.
Harvard vs. NCAA Tournament Field
The Crimson owns a 1-2 record against teams in this year's NCAA tournament, as Harvard defeated California, a 12 seed, but fell to No. 6 seed Memphis and 11th-seeded St. Mary's
Ivy League In NCAA Tournament
In NCAA tournament history, Ivy League teams have combined for a 40-79 (.336) record in 69 appearances since 1939. Since 1957, the Ivy League has a 31-59 (.344) record in 55 appearances.
Laurent Rivard made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, while Kyle Casey tallied 13 points and Brandyn Curry had 12 points, but the 12th-seeded Crimson fell to No. 5 Vanderbilt, 79-70.
Tommy Amaker In NCAA Tournament
Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker is 2-2 in the NCAA tournament, including last year's appearance with Harvard. Amaker's previous appearance came in 2000 with Seton Hall. Amaker guided the Pirates to wins over Oregon and Temple before falling to Oklahoma State in the Sweet 16.
Ivy League Historically in NCAA Tournament
Brown was the first Ivy League team to appear in the NCAA Tournament, losing 42-30 to Villanova in a first-round game of the 1939 NCAA tournament.
In 2010, Cornell, a No. 12 seed, advanced to the Sweet 16 after earning wins over fifth-seeded Temple and fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the first two rounds. The victories were the first for the League since Princeton, as a No. 5 seed, defeated 12th-seeded UNLV in the first round of the 1998 NCAA tournament. It also marked the first time an Ivy team advanced to the regional semifinals since Penn's magical run to the 1979 Final Four.
For the fourth straight year, and fifth time overall, Harvard earned a postseason tournament bid this season. In 1946, the Crimson qualified for the NCAA tournament and returned to the postseason in 2010, playing in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. During the 2011 season, Harvard earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for the first time in program history, before earning an NCAA tournament berth last season.
Harvard is looking for its first postseason victory. The Crimson is 0-6 all-time in the postseason, falling to NYU and Ohio State during the NCAA tournament in 1946, losing at Appalachian State in the CIT in 2010 and dropping the Ivy League playoff to Princeton and falling at Oklahoma State in the NIT in 2011. During the 2012 NCAA tournament, Harvard lost to Vanderbilt in the second round.
Freshman Siyani Chambers was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, while also taking home first-team all-conference honors. Chambers became the first freshman in conference history to be named to the All-Ivy first team. Sophomore Wesley Saunders was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team, and junior Laurent Rivard and sophomore Steve Moundou-Missi garnered All-Ivy League honorable mention.
Ivy Champion Harvard Crimson
For the third straight year and for the third time in school history, Harvard earned the Ivy League title, as the Crimson topped Cornell in Cambridge, 65-56, March 9. Harvard also tied the program record by going 7-0 at home in conference play.
Senior Christian Webster is three points shy of 1,000 for his career and ranks tied for second in team history with 115 games played and fifth with 171 career 3-pointers. Webster is also the winningest player in team history with 89 victories in his four years.
Representing New England
Harvard is the lone Division I representative in the NCAA basketball tournament.
14 Seeds vs. 3 Seeds
Since 1986, sixteen 14 seeds have defeated No. 3 seeds in the NCAA tournament. Most recently, Ohio topped Georgetown, 97-83, in 2010.
Harvard Tops Over Last Four Seasons
Over the last four seasons, Harvard owns the best conference record in the Ivy League.
Princeton - 43-13 (.768)
Cornell - 31-25 (.554))
Yale - 31-25 (.554)
Penn - 29-27 (.518)
Columbia - 19-37 (.339)
Brown - 17-39 (.304)
Dartmouth - 8-48 (.143)
Current senior Christian Webster has helped Harvard win 89 games throughout his career (89-29, .754), a program record. Last year's senior class of Oliver McNally '12, Andrew Van Nest '12 and Keith Wright '12 held the previous mark, winning 84 games (84-34, .712) during their careers.
In Harvard's 73-54 win over Penn Feb. 15, Kenyatta Smith set a Harvard program record with 10 blocked shots. The Crimson rejected 15 shots as a team, also a new program record.
Smith paces the Crimson with 2.2 blocks per contest, and Harvard leads the Ivy League with 4.4 blocks per game as a team. Smith has 55 rejections this season, the second most in a year in team history. Brian Banks '78 swatted away a program record 59 shots in the 1977-78 campaign.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first 28 games this season. He tallied a career-high 27 points at Coumbia Feb. 10 and paces the Crimson and the Ivy League with 16.5 points per game.
Saunders is the first Harvard player to reach double digits in scoring in at least 10 consecutive games since Keith Wright '12 tallied 10 or more points in 19 straight contests between Jan. 22, 2011-Nov. 24, 2011.
Laurent Rivard has taken 201 field-goal attempts this season (81-of-201, .403), with 184 of them being 3-point attempts (74-of-184, .402). More than 90 percent (.915) of Rivard's shot attempts have been beyond the arc.
Rivard has also taken 41.4 percent (184) of Harvard's 444 3-point attempts this season.
Chambers Earning Accolades
Freshman Siyani Chambers, the Ivy Rookie of the Year, 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 six times this season (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 28, March 11). The Ivy League record for most rookie awards in a season for an individual is eight, held by Penn's Michael Jordan in 1996-97 and Cornell's Adam Gore in 2005-06.
On Pace For History
If Rivard makes 19 more 3-pointers, he will also tie the program record for career treys, held by Dan Clemente '01 (220). Rivard currently has 201 career triples, ranking him second in program history.
The Crimson stands tied for sixth in the nation in team 3-point shooting percentage (.401) and is tied for 11th in team field-goal shooting percentage (.482). Harvard shot a season-best 62.8 percent from the floor as a team in the 75-65 victory at Dartmouth Jan. 12.
Finalist for Ben Jobe Award
Bob Cousy Award Nominee
Ivy League Rookie of the Year
All-Ivy League First Team
NBC Sports All-Ivy League Team
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 28, March 11)
All-Ivy League Honorable Mention
USBWA All-District I Team
All-Ivy League First Team
NBC Sports All-Ivy League Team
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Jan. 14. Feb. 4, Feb. 25)
All-Ivy League Honorable Mention
Ivy League Player of the Week (Feb. 18)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Jan. 28)
Harvard has had six double-doubles this season. Siyani Chambers has three (Jan. 5, Feb. 2 and Feb. 8), while Wesley Saunders (Feb. 1), Kenyatta Smith (Feb. 15) and Jonah Travis (Dec. 1) have recorded one double-double apiece.
With his 27-point performance at Columbia Feb. 20, Wesley Saunders scored the most points by a Harvard player since Christian Webster tallied 29 in a 75-69 win at Mercer Nov. 20, 2010.
Christian Webster has played in 115 games in his Harvard career, ranking tied for second in program history with Jeremy Lin '10. Oliver McNally '12 played in 118 games in his career, a Harvard record.
Harvard Against The Ivy League
Over the past three seasons, the Crimson boasts a 35-8 mark (.814) against the Ivy League. Harvard is 15-6 (.714) against Ancient Eight opponents on the road, 20-1 at home (.952) and 0-1 in neutral-site contests.
A Harvard player had at least six rejections in three straight games from Feb. 10-Feb. 16. Steve Moundou-Missi turned away six shots at Columbia Feb. 10, Kenyatta Smith had a program record 10 blocks vs. Penn Feb. 15, and then Smith had six more rejections against Princeton Feb. 16. Smith also swatted away six shots against Columbia March 8.
Rookie point guard Siyani Chambers has dished out 160 assists this season, or 5.7 points per contest. The Harvard record for assists in a season by a freshman is 178, set by Glenn Fine '79 in 1975-76.
In 14 Ivy League games, Wesley Saunders led the Ancient Eight with 17.1 points per game, while Siyani Chambers averaged 13.7 points and a league-best 5.4 assists. Saunders (39.1 mpg) and Chambers (38.3) were 1-2 in minutes played in conference action, as well.
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 44.0 percent (40-of-91) from beyond the arc in his rookie campaign, ranking fifth in the Ivy League.
Wesley Saunders ranked in the top 10 in the Ivy League in six statistical categories. Saunders was first in scoring (16.5 ppg), first in steals (1.9 spg), third in field-goal percentage (.536), third in minutes played (37.3 mpg), seventh in assists (3.4 apg) and seventh in free-throw percentage (.725).
Run At The Charity Stripe
Before missing against Holy Cross Dec. 22, Siyani Chambers made 32 shots in a row at the charity stripe over the course of seven contests, beginning Nov. 13. He is shooting 81.9 percent from the line (104-of-127) for the season, which ranks fourth in the Ivy League.
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 84.4 percent from the line this season, going 54-of-64 but does not have enough attempts to appear in the national rankings.
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 5.7 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 96 times for a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for fourth in the Ivy League.
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 12.9 points per game and has reached double figures in 21 of 28 games this season.
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.
Crimson in Overtime
With Harvard's dramatic 89-82 win in double overtime against Brown Feb. 2, the Crimson has won its last six games that have gone past regulation. The Crimson held off William & Mary, 87-85, in three overtimes with Jeremy Lin's 3-point buzzer beater Nov. 15, 2009, downed Yale, 82-79, Feb. 12, 2010, won at Penn, 83-82, Feb. 5, 2011 and picked up a win at Columbia, 77-70, March 2, 2012. The Crimson also downed Dartmouth, 82-77, in overtime earlier this season on Jan. 26.
Seeing Lots Of Time
Three Harvard players are among the top five players in the Ancient Eight in minutes played. Siyani Chambers is first in the conference with 37.8 minutes per game, while Wesley Saunders (37.3) is third and Laurent Rivard (35.2) ranks fifth.
Chambers, Saunders, Rivard and Christian Webster have also each played all 40 minutes of a game at least once this year. In Harvard's overtime win over Dartmouth Jan. 26, Saunders played 44 minutes, followed by Chambers (43) and Rivard (41) and Webster (41). Saunders and Rivard saw action in 49 minutes, and Chambers played 47 in the double-overtime win over Brown.
Harvard Against The Ivy League Under Amaker
Over the six seasons under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson owns a 54-30 record in Ivy League conference games (.643).
From Feb. 24, 2012 to Feb. 16, 2013, Laurent Rivard made at least one 3-pointer in 26 straight games, the second-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.
Harvard topped Brown, 89-82, in double overtime at Lavietes Pavilion Feb. 2. Prior to that, the Crimson last played a double-overtime game at Penn, winning, 83-82, Feb. 5, 2011. Harvard's last double-overtime game at home was an 87-85 triple-overtime victory against William & Mary Nov. 15, 2009, when Jeremy Lin '10 won the game with a three-pointer at the buzzer.
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 Home/On Road
Harvard is allowing 62.9 points per game at home this season and 64.9 points per contest in road games.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 116-23 (.835) when leading at halftime and 30-79 (.275) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 53-8 (.869) when leading at the half and is 15-1 (.938) when owning an advantage at the break of games this year.
Over his last eight games, Steve Moundou-Missi has recorded double figures in scoring five times. He is averaging 11.5 points per game during this stretch.
Harvard is 4-0 when Siyani Chambers scores 21 points or more and 9-0 when the team shoots 52.3 percent or better from the field.
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 15 games on national or regional television this season, which will establish a new program record. Four of those TV games were played at home at Lavietes Pavilion, also a program record.
Harvard was 6-4 on TV last year and is 6-8 on television this season.
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 22 times while taking a 3-pointer. He has hit six of them for an and-one and has shot three free throws on 16 occasions. Against George Washington on Jan. 14, 2012, Rivard drew contact three times while attempting a shot from beyond the arc.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 41-2 (.953) 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 was 13-1 at home this season, with the only loss