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
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,
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
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