FACTS & STATS: Site: Lavietes Pavilion (2,195) -- Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Television: None. Home Record: Columbia 6-7, Harvard 11-1. Away Record:
Columbia 5-7, Harvard 6-8. Neutral Record: Columbia 1-0, Harvard 0-0.
Conference Record: Columbia 4-8, Harvard 9-3. Series Record: Columbia leads,
GAME NOTES: Still in the hunt for the Ivy League title, the Harvard Crimson
entertain the Columbia Lions on Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
Sporting an impressive record of 11-1 at home this season, the Crimson are
still battling Princeton for the best record in the league, the Tigers own a
9-2 mark with three games remaining and Harvard coming in at 9-3 with only two
to play. Just last week Harvard was leading the way in the conference thanks
to a four-game win streak and eight victories in nine tries overall, but the
team then bowed to both Princeton (58-53) and Penn (75-72) on consecutive
As for the Lions, their 4-8 conference mark has them much further down in the
standings. Columbia had a brief two-game win streak snapped last Saturday when
it bowed to Brown, 61-58, at home.
Columbia leads the all-time series by a count of 94-75 thanks to a 78-63 win
in the first meeting of the campaign last month at home, snapping what had
been a seven-game slide versus the Crimson for the Lions.
Columbia led by as many as 13 points in the second half against Brown last
weekend, but the team then allowed the visiting Bears to connect on a sizzling
63.6 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes of action. Brian Barbour
tried to keep the hosts in front with his game-high 18 points, adding five of
the unit's eight steals, followed by Maodo Lo with 14 points as well.
A conservative team in conference play this season, Columbia is averaging just
59.6 ppg, while giving up 60.6 ppg, and Barbour stands as the unit's lone
double-digit scorer with his 10.2 ppg. Barbour also paces the group with 33
assists in the 11 league bouts he has participated in, which makes up for
Steve Frankoski (8.8 ppg) who, despite having his hands on the ball quite a
bit by shooting 48.9 percent behind the 3-point line, has but four assists in
Against Penn last weekend, the Crimson fell behind immediately and never
recovered, although they did manage to whittle a 16-point deficit down to just
three at the conclusion on the contest. Wesley Saunders led four players in
double figures with 20 points, followed by Christian Webster with 16, Laurent
Rivard 14 points and Steve Moundou-Missi 10 off the bench before fouling out.
Siyani Chambers was held to only five points and offset his five assists with
Except for the loss at Princeton a week ago, Harvard has scored at least 63
points in every league bout, pushing the squad to an average of 70.6 ppg in
the process. Saunders heads the scoring list with 17.5 ppg, shooting almost 60
percent from the floor while also ranking second on the team with 48 assists.
Chambers (13.3 ppg) is playing 38.5 minutes per contest so it only makes sense
that he paces the program with 67 dishes through 12 games.
With so much riding on these last few games, Harvard cannot afford to let even
one slip away so expect to see the Crimson give it all they've got on Friday
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Harvard 73, Columbia 66