Lead in Ivy Race on the Line as Harvard Visits Princeton Friday; Game on ESPNU
Harvard men's basketball is 4-1 on the road in conference games (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's basketball team will play its final road games of the season, as the Crimson visits Princeton and Penn Friday and Saturday.
Friday's game will be shown live nationally on ESPNU. Bram Weinstein and Malcolm Huckaby will have the call.
Saturday's game at Penn will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network.
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 Princeton
Harvard and Princeton have played 169 times, with the Tigers owning a 128-41 advantage in the series that dates back to 1900-01. Since 2007-08, Harvard is 4-8 against Princeton, with all four victories occurring in Cambridge. The Crimson defeated the Tigers, 69-57, at home Feb. 16, but Harvard has not won in Princeton, N.J., since the 1989 season.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Five Harvard players reached double figures in scoring, including Steve Moundou-Missi, who tallied a career-high 17 points, as the Crimson knocked off Yale, 72-66, Feb. 23.
Princeton's Last Time Out
Ian Hummer scored 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor, as the Tigers downed Cornell, 72-53, last Saturday. Hummer also grabbed seven rebounds, while Will Barrett netted 13 points.
Ivy League Race
With four games remaining for the Crimson, Harvard is in first at 9-1, while Princeton is second at 7-2. If the Crimson wins both games this weekend, Harvard will clinch at least a share of its third straight conference crown and third in program history. Harvard is also 9-1 in conference play for the third straight season.
Around The Conference
In other Ancient Eight contests this weekend, Brown visits Cornell, Yale takes on Columbia in New York and Penn hosts Dartmouth Friday. Cornell welcomes Brown, while Columbia plays Yale and Princeton faces Dartmouth Saturday.
Harvard Tops Over Last Four Seasons
Over the last four seasons, Harvard owns the best conference record in the Ivy League.
Princeton - 40-11 (.784)
Cornell - 31-19 (.620)
Yale - 28-24 (.538)
Penn - 27-24 (.529)
Columbia - 18-34 (.346)
Brown - 15-37 (.288)
Dartmouth - 5-47 (.096)
Current senior Christian Webster has helped Harvard win 87 games throughout his career (87-27, .763), 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.
Wesley Saunders has scored in double figures in each of Harvard's first 24 games this season. He tallied a career-high 27 points at Coumbia Feb. 10 and paces the Crimson and the Ivy League with 16.7 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 178 field-goal attempts this season (71-of-178, .399), with 161 of them being 3-point attempts (64-of-161, .398). More than 90 percent (.904) of Rivard's shot attempts have been beyond the arc.
Rivard has also taken 41.4 percent (161) of Harvard's 389 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.
On Pace For History
Laurent Rivard has buried 64 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 75 3-pointers this season.
If Rivard makes 29 more 3-pointers this year, he will also tie the program record for career treys, held by Dan Clemente '01 (220). Rivard currently has 191 career triples, ranking him second in program history.
The Crimson stands tied for seventh in the nation in team 3-point shooting percentage (.401) and is tied for ninth 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.
Bob Cousy Award Nominee
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 28)
Ivy League Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Jan. 14. Feb. 4, Feb. 25)
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 111 games in his Harvard career, ranking 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 33-6 mark (.846) against the Ivy League. Harvard is 15-4 (.789) against Ancient Eight opponents on the road, 18-1 at home (.947) 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.
Rookie point guard Siyani Chambers has dished out 142 assists this season, or 5.9 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 166 helpers this year.
Stepping Up In Conference Play
In 10 Ivy League games, Wesley Saunders is scoring 17.9 points and handing out 4.3 assists per contest, while Siyani Chambers is averaging 14.5 points and 5.7 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 43.9 percent (36-of-82) from beyond the arc in his rookie campaign, ranking fourth in the Ivy League.
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), second in field-goal percentage (.558), third in minutes played (37.2 mpg), seventh in assists (3.7 apg) and eighth in free-throw percentage (.722).
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 82.3 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 88.9 percent from the line this season, going 40-of-45 but does not have enough attempts to appear in the national rankings.
Freshman At The Point
Siyani Chambers is averaging 5.9 assists per game, which leads the conference, and has only turned the ball over 82 times for a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for seventh in the Ivy League.
Chambers ranks second on the Crimson with 13.0 points per game and has reached double figures in 19 of 24 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.
Three Harvard players are among the top five players in the Ancient Eight in minutes played. Siyani Chambers is second in the conference with 37.8 minutes per game, while Wesley Saunders (37.2) is third and Laurent Rivard (35.4) 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 52-28 record in Ivy League conference games (.650).
From Feb. 24, 2012 to Feb. 16, 2013, Laurent Rivard had 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 64.4 points per game at home this season and 64.6 points per contest in road games.