Harvard (13-6) at Columbia (9-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 10, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Levien Gym (3,400) -- Manhattan, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Harvard 9-1, Columbia 3-5. Away Record: Harvard 4-5, Columbia 5-5. Neutral Record: Harvard 0-0, Columbia 1-0. Conference Record: Harvard 5-0, Columbia 1-4. Series Record: Columbia leads, 93-75.
GAME NOTES: Two teams at opposite ends of the Ivy League standings get back to the hardwood on Sunday afternoon, as the Columbia Lions play host to the Harvard Crimson at Levien Gym.
Originally scheduled for Saturday, this was one of two league bouts to be pushed back to Sunday due to the recent winter storm that shook the Northeast.
Harvard, which is currently one game under .500 (4-5) on the road, is the last unbeaten team in Ivy play, having rattled off five wins in as many opportunities. The Crimson captured a 67-65 win against Cornell on the road Friday night, marking the squad's sixth victory in the last seven outings overall.
As for the Lions, they too were caught in a tight game two nights ago versus Dartmouth, but in their case they came up short in a 60-57 final at home which means the team is now just 1-4 in league play and in last place in the standings. Since winning the conference opener against Cornell (67-58), Columbia has gone on to drop four straight contests.
According to Columbia, the Lions lead the all-time series between the programs by a 93-75 count dating back to the 1900-01 campaign. However, Harvard has won seven in a row, the most recent of those coming in overtime last season, 77-72.
Siyani Chambers recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists as he helped guide the Harvard Crimson to a narrow two-point win over the Cornell Big Red at Newman Arena two nights ago. Also scoring in double figures for the Crimson were Christian Webster with 17 points, on 5-of-11 shooting behind the 3-point line, followed by Wesley Saunders and Steve Moundou-Missi with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Saunders currently leads a list of three double-digit scorers for Harvard with his 16.2 ppg, shooting an impressive 55.1 percent from the floor, followed by Chambers (13.5 ppg) and Laurent Rivard (10.9 ppg) as all three are shooting at least 42.5 percent from 3-point range at the moment.
Columbia took great care of the ball with just seven turnovers on Friday night versus Dartmouth, but at the same time the Big Green held the hosts to a mere 3-of-20 shooting performance behind the 3-point line and the Lions also hurt themselves with just 10-of-17 shooting at the free-throw line in a game that was decided by a mere three points. Mark Cisco was responsible for 16 points, the only player in double figures for the Lions, adding nine rebounds which was also a team-best in the losing cause. Currently second on the team in scoring with 10.2 ppg, Cisco is first on the glass with 5.8 rpg, but having fouled out of four contests means he has limited his own production. Brian Barbour checks in with 13.3 ppg and a team-best 87 assists, although his 28.8 percent shooting beyond the arc is less than ideal.
The changing of the schedule probably afforded the Crimson some much-needed rest that they will use to their advantage as they go on the attack against Columbia on Sunday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Harvard 66, Columbia 57
02/10 10:31:39 ET