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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthews Arena (6,000) -- Boston, Massachusetts. Television: None. Home Record: Harvard 3-0, Northeastern 1-0. Away Record: Harvard 0-1, Northeastern 0-2. Neutral Record: Harvard 4-0, Northeastern 1-3. Conference Record: Harvard 0-0, Northeastern 0-0. Series Record: Harvard leads, 35-14.
GAME NOTES: Harvard can match its best nine-game start to a season under head coach Tommy Amaker with its next win, as it takes on cross-town rival Northeastern at Matthews Arena this evening.
Harvard enters tonight?s game with a 7-1 record after winning the Great Alaska Shootout title. Laurent Rivard scored 15 points, all on 3-pointers, to lead the Crimson to the 71-50 win over TCU on Saturday night. Jonah Travis added 11 points and seven boards for Harvard, which jumped out to a 23-point halftime lead and was never threatened on the way to its third straight win.
The last time the Crimson began a season 8-1 was in the 2011-12 campaign when they finished 26-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1946.
This will be just the second true road game for Harvard this season. Back on Nov. 24, the Crimson lost at Colorado, 70-62. Steve Moundou-Missi led the way for the Crimson in that contest, scoring a team-high 13 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Wesley Saunders, who struggled in the Colorado game and against TCU, leads Amaker's squad in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game. Against the Buffaloes, Saunders scored just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. He failed to get to the free-throw line, as Harvard got to the line only 11 times as a team in that contest. Against TCU, the junior scored just four points in 33 minutes of action.
Moundou-Missi is close behind Saunders, averaging 11.4 points and team-best 7.2 boards per game for the Crimson, who net 75 points and allow only 58.1 points per contest.
After going 1-2 in San Juan at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Northeastern dropped its third straight contest, falling 79-66 at VCU. David Walker scored a career-high 19 points for the Huskies, but it wasn't enough as NU failed to make a field goal over the final 9:55 to seal its fate.
Leading the Huskies is Scott Eatherton with 16.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The senior forward has scored in double figures in four straight games, averaging 18 points per game over that stretch. Walker has also been consistent all season, scoring in double figures in six of eight games on his way to a 12.3 points per game average. Despite the scoring of Eatherton and Walker however, the Huskies average just 69 points per game, scoring more than 70 points just twice this season.
Although it leads the all-time series 35-14, Harvard has dropped two straight to Northeastern. However, the two teams have not met since the Huskies scored a 76-71 double-overtime victory on December 10, 2008. The Crimson of late own a 14-4 record against Boston area schools with Amaker at the helm and has won 14 straight against Beantown foes. Expect much of the same in this contest.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Harvard 71, Northeastern 59.
12/04 10:37:27 ET
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