With just over a month and a half until the season begins, the Harvard men’s basketball team needed just about a day and a half to clinch commitments from two recruits this past weekend.
As the first freshman in conference history to be selected to the All-Ivy First Team, the national leader among freshmen in minutes per game played, and the runner-up for rookies in assists per game with 5.6 a game, it is safe to say that point guard Siyani Chambers had a memorable first year on campus.
Coach Tommy Amaker dealt with the absence of former co-captains Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey from his roster, incorporating freshman point guard Siyani Chambers and sophomore center Kenyatta Smith into his starting line.
Freshman point guard Siyani Chambers led the Crimson with over 37 minutes per game as the team's primary ball-handler. Chambers became the first freshman to be named first-team All-Ivy.
With a starting five that featured four three-point threats at almost all times of the game, Harvard’s offense became increasingly reliant on dependable shooting from its undersized lineup.
Princeton senior Ian Hummer sat for only three minutes in Friday night’s contest against Harvard. Two of those minutes were in the first half—if his opening period statistics were adjusted to put him on the floor for those 120 missed seconds, Hummer would have been just about one point short of a double-double before intermission. Instead, the forward went for eight points and eight rebounds in the first period, the latter figure already 2.4 boards better than his season average.
This weekend marks the last road stint for Harvard of the 2012-13 season. With games at Princeton and Penn on deck for this weekend, the Crimson has the chance to seal its place at the top of the Ivy League standings with back-to-back wins. The Crimson’s basketball beat writers answer five questions about this weekend’s match-ups.
This weekend marks the first of back-to-back road stints for the Crimson. First on deck this week is a Friday night game against Brown. Then, Harvard will travel to New Haven to take on the Bulldogs in a Saturday showdown. The Crimson’s basketball beat writers answer five questions about this weekend’s matchups.
For a majority of the first half, it wasn’t a question of who had more points, Harvard or Brown, but whether the Bears had more points or turnovers. It was the latter, but a Brown run midway through the second period enabled the Bears to close the lead to single-digits for the first time since the score was 11-2 less than six minutes into the contest. Though the Crimson would win the game, 65-47, Friday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center, its sizable advantage had to be regained in the last fourth of the contest.
When Princeton came into Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday night, the game not only featured a match-up of the two tops teams in the league, but also the conference’s two top players—Harvard’s Wesley Saunders and the Tigers’ Ian Hummer.
This weekend’s home-stand will pit Harvard against two conference foes. First up will be a Friday night showdown against Penn. On Saturday, Harvard will take on arguably its biggest threat in the Ancient Eight, its rival Princeton. The Crimson’s basketball beat writers answer five questions about this weekend’s match ups.
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