Crimson Men's Basketball Welcomes BU to Lavietes Tuesday
The Harvard men's basketball team owns a 3-1 record at home this season (Jessica Hill).
Harvard returns home to host local rival Boston University Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard video and audio will be available with a subscription to GoCrimson.com. Zack Guzman and Ben Zauzmer will be behind the mic.
Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against BU
Harvard and BU have met 61 times, with the Crimson leading the series, 34-27. After the Terriers won eight straight in the series from 2001-2008, the Crimson has taken the last three meetings, including a 76-52 win at BU last season on Dec. 10, 2011.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Wesley Saunders scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and Steve Moundou-Missi made 5-of-6 shot attempts, finishing with 10 points, but the Crimson slipped on the road at Connecticut, 57-49, Dec. 7. Christian Webster drained three 3-pointers, but Harvard shot only 2-of-5 from the foul line for the game and turned the ball over 18 times.
BU's Last Time Out
Led by Dom Morris's 18 points, BU topped Coastal Carolina, 69-63, Dec. 6. Travis Robinson went 5-of-5 from beyond the arc and added 15 points, and Nathan Dieudonne (11 points) and D.J. Irving (10 points) also reached double figures in scoring for the Terriers in the victory. BU handed out 16 assists on 26 baskets and made 9-of-19 3-pointers as a team.
The Crimson is 3-2 against Boston University under head coach Tommy Amaker.
The Crimson owns an 89-61 mark all-time against current members of the America East Conference. Harvard is 0-1 against America East schools this season, having dropped a home game to Vermont, 85-78, Nov. 27.
Run At The Charity Stripe
Since missing a foul shot early in the game at Massachusetts Nov. 13, Siyani Chambers has made 28 in a row at the charity stripe. He is shooting 93.8 percent from the line (30-of-32) for the season, which is tied for 20th in the nation.
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3)
Kings of Massachusetts' Courts
From Dec. 10, 2008 through Nov. 13, 2012, the Crimson owned a 15-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71 in 2008. UMass snapped the streak by downing Harvard, 67-64, Nov. 13 of this year.
As a team, Harvard is shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range (49-of-120), which leads the Ivy League and ranks 17th in the nation.
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in seven statistical categories. Saunders is second in scoring (15.9 ppg), fourth in steals (1.9 spg), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6), fifth in minutes (34.9 per game), sixth in assists (3.8 apg), seventh in field goal percentage (.500) and 10th in free throw percentage (.727).
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 5.0 assists per game, which is tied for the conference lead, and has only turned the ball over 24 times this season for a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for second in the Ivy League. Chambers had a career-best eight assists against Vermont Nov. 27. Chambers paces the Ivy League in foul shooting (30-of-32, .938), which also places him 21st nationally. The freshman point guard is fourth in the Ancient Eight in 3-point shooting (.480, 12-of-25).
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 11.5 points per game and has reached double figures in five of the last seven contests.
Seeing Lots Of Time
Siyani Chambers is averaging 37.5 minutes per game during his rookie season, which is tied for 28th 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.
Led by Laurent Rivard (4-9), the Crimson drained 56.3 percent (9-16) of its 3-point attempts against Vermont Nov. 27.
Rivard has taken 50 of Harvard's 120 3-point attempts this season, or 41.7 percent. Rivard is making 42.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (21-50), while the Crimson is shooting 40.8 percent as a team (49-120). Siyani Chambers leads the team with a 48.0 percent clip from long distance (12-25).
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
The Crimson is 31-2 (.939) at Lavietes Pavilion since Feb. 19, 2010.
Harvard Against the BCS
Harvard owns a 9-11 record against BCS conferences under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has defeated Boston College five times and has also topped Michigan, Colorado, Utah and Florida State during Amaker's tenure. The Crimson also defeated at least one BCS team in each of the last six seasons.
The Crimson will face one more BCS team this season: California. Harvard beat Boston College for the fifth straight year, 79-63, Dec. 4, but fell on the road at Connecticut, 57-49, Dec. 7.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first eight games this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and paces the Crimson with 15.9 points per game, good for second in the Ivy League.
Harvard Sweeps Weekly Awards Dec. 3
Wesley Saunders was tabbed the Ivy League Player of the Week Dec. 3, after averaging 19.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in two contests. Saunders scored a career-high 21 points against Vermont Nov. 27 and went 13-of-18 from the foul line, finishing with 17 points, in a win over Fordham Dec. 1.
Siyani Chambers, who was also honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week Dec. 3, netted 16 points and dished out eight assists against the Catamounts. He scored 13 points, hitting three 3-pointers against the Rams, and went 10-of-10 from the foul line during the previous week.
Hoop And The Harm
In the Crimson's 79-63 win over Boston College, Harvard scored four and-ones and went 3-of-4 from the foul line on the ensuing free throw. Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders each netted two buckets after being fouled in the victory.
'D' At Lavietes
Harvard is only allowing 62.0 points per game at home this season, compared to 65.5 points per contest in road games.
Wesley Saunders hit 13-of-18 foul shots against Fordham Dec. 1. His 13 foul shots marked the most since Kyle Casey sank 13 from the charity stripe (13-16) at Santa Clara Jan. 4, 2010. Saunders' 18 attempts was the most since Brian Cusworth '07 went 10-of-19 at Dartmouth Jan. 6, 2007.
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 105-22 (.827) when leading at halftime and 26-75 (.257) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 42-7 when leading at the half (.857) and is 4-0 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 four conferences this season: ACC, Atlantic-10, MAAC and NEWMAC. 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 74 games throughout this career (74-24, .755).