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Harvard Men's Basketball Travels to Brown, Yale; Saturday's Game on CBS Sports

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Christian Webster has won 85 games in his career, a Harvard program record (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
The Harvard men's basketball team heads back on the road to visit Brown and Yale this weekend.

Harvard, which stands at 15-7 overall and 7-1 in conference play, is in first place in the Ivy League. Brown enters the weekend at 9-13 and 3-5, while Yale is 10-15 and 4-4 in the Ancient Eight.
 
Game Coverage
Friday's game will be shown on MyRITV and live video is also available at BrownBears.com.
 
Ben Zauzmer and Zack Guzman will be the audio announcers on GoCrimson.com. Live statistics will also be available at GoCrimson.com.
 
Series History Against Brown
The Crimson holds a 92-72 advantage in the all-time series against the Bears, dating back to 1900-01. Harvard has won seven straight against Brown and eight of the last nine overall. Earlier this season, the Crimson held off Brown in double overtime, 89-82, at Lavietes Pavilion Feb. 2.
 
Harvard's Last Time Out
Five Crimson players reached double figures in scoring, as Harvard topped Princeton, 69-57, Feb. 16 to move into first place in the Ivy League. Kenyatta Smith blocked six shots and scored 14 points, while Steve Moundou-Missi also tallied 14 points and joined Smith with seven rebounds apiece. Laurent Rivard drained four triples, and Siyani Chambers handed out five assists.
 
Brown's Last Time Out
Sean McGonagill hit eight baskets and scored 19 points, and Cedric Kuakumensah grabbed 19 rebounds, including 16 on the defensive end, but the Bears fell at home to Cornell, 69-66, Feb. 16.
 
Around the Ivy League
In other Ancient Eight contests this weekend, Dartmouth visits Yale, Columbia hosts Princeton and Cornell welcomes Penn on Friday. Dartmouth faces Brown on the road, Princeton travels to Cornell and Penn visits Columbia on Saturday.
 
Block Party
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 1.8 blocks per contest. Harvard leads the Ivy League with 4.7 blocks per game as a team.
 
Swat Team
A Harvard player has had at least six rejections in each of the last three games. 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.
 
Harvard Tops Over Last Four Seasons
Over the last four seasons, Harvard owns the best conference record in the Ivy League.

Harvard - 41-9 (.820)
Princeton - 38-11 (.776)
Cornell - 31-19 (.620)
Yale - 27-23 (.540)
Penn - 26-23 (.531)
Columbia - 17-33 (.340)
Brown - 14-36 (.280)
Dartmouth - 5-45 (.100)

Winning Tradition
Current senior Christian Webster has helped Harvard win 85 games throughout his career (85-27, .759), 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.

Top Scorer
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.

Long-Distance Shooter
Laurent Rivard has taken 163 field-goal attempts this season (68-of-163, .417), with 146 of them being 3-point attempts (61-of-146, .418). Nearly 90 percent (.896) of Rivard's shot attempts have been 3-pointers.
 
Rivard has also taken 40.4 percent (146) of Harvard's 361 3-point attempts this season.

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 five times this season (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 28). 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.

Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 13.0 points per contest and paces the Ivy League with 6.0 assists per game.
 
On Pace For History
Laurent Rivard has buried 61 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 78 3-pointers this season.
 
If Rivard makes 32 more 3-pointers this year, he will also tie the program record for career treys, held by Dan Clemente '01 (220). Rivard currently has 188 career triples, ranking him second in program history.
 
Hot Hands
The Crimson stands sixth in the nation in team 3-point shooting percentage (.410) and is tied for 10th in team field-goal shooting percentage (.488). Harvard shot a season-best 62.8 percent from the floor as a team in the 75-65 victory at Dartmouth Jan. 12.
 
Season Honors
Siyani Chambers
Bob Cousy Award Nominee
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 28)
Wesley Saunders
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Jan. 14. Feb. 4)
Kenyatta Smith
Ivy League Player of the Week (Feb. 18)
Christian Webster
Ivy League Player of the Week (Jan. 28) 

Double-Double Show
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.

Seeing Action
Christian Webster has played in 109 games in his Harvard career, ranking tied for fourth in program history. 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 31-6 mark (.838) against the Ivy League. Harvard is 13-4 (.765) against Ancient Eight opponents on the road, 18-1 at home (.947) and 0-1 in neutral-site contests.

Assist Mark
Rookie point guard Siyani Chambers has dished out 133 assists this season, 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 169 helpers this year.

Stepping Up In Conference Play
In eight Ivy League games, Wesley Saunders is scoring 18.3 points and handing out 4.5 assists per contest, while Siyani Chambers is averaging 14.6 points and 6.0 assists.

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 44.9 percent (35-of-78) from beyond the arc in his rookie campaign, ranking fifth in the Ivy League.

Laurent Rivard is making 41.8 percent of his shots from long distance (61-of-146), ranking sixth in the conference. Rivard also paces the league with 2.8 3-pointers made per game.
 
All-Around Player
Wesley Saunders ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in six statistical categories. Saunders is first in scoring (16.7 ppg), first in steals (2.0 spg), fourth in field-goal percentage (.548), fourth in minutes played (37.2 mpg), sixth in assists (3.7 apg) and seventh in free-throw percentage (.759).
 
Ivy's Top Shooter
Jonah Travis is making 61.7 percent of field-goal attempts (66-of-107), the best mark in the Ivy League.

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 82.8 percent from the line (82-of-99) 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 87.2 percent from the line this season, going 34-of-39 but does not have enough attempts to appear in the national rankings.
 
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 6.0 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 79 times for a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for ninth in the Ivy League.
 
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 13.0 points per game and has reached double figures in 17 of 22 games this season.
 
Reaching 90
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 third in the conference with 37.7 minutes per game, while Wesley Saunders (37.2) is fourth 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 50-28 record in Ivy League conference games (.641).
 
3-Point Streak
Since the game at Princeton Feb. 24, 2012, Laurent Rivard has 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.
 
On Fire
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first 22 games this season. He tallied a career-high 27 points at Coumbia Feb. 10 and paces the Crimson and the Ivy League with 16.8 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.
 
Double-Overtime Thriller
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 64.4 points per game at home this season and 66.2 points per contest in road games.
 
Halftime Report
Going back to the 2004-05 season, Harvard is 113-23 (.831) when leading at halftime and 29-77 (.274) when trailing at the break. Since 2010-11, the Crimson is 50-8 (.862) when leading at the half and is 12-1 (.923) when owning an advantage at the break of games this year.