2012–13 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team
|2012–13 Harvard Crimson men's basketball|
|2012–13 record||20–10 (11–3 Ivy)|
|Head coach||Tommy Amaker (6th year)|
|Assistant coach||Brian DeStefano|
|Assistant coach||Yanni Hufnagel|
|Assistant coach||Brian Adams|
|Home arena||Lavietes Pavilion|
|2012–13 Ivy League men's basketball standings|
|As of March 23, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll
x-Ivy League champion
The 2012–13 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team represents Harvard University during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Crimson, led by sixth year head coach Tommy Amaker, played their home games at Lavietes Pavilion and are members of the Ivy League.
Harvard entered the season as the two-time defending Ivy League Champion, but its roster was greatly changed due to graduation and the 2012 Harvard cheating scandal that led to the withdrawal of two star players. With reduced expectations, the team entered the season expected to finish second in conference. During the season, the team swept the three opponents that are also from Boston. The win against Boston College, gave Amaker his sixth victory against no defeats over Atlantic Coast Conference foes. Despite the team's turmoil, it prevailed to win the 2012–13 Ivy League men's basketball season regular season championship, earning the team an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where it won the school's first ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament game. The tournament victory over #3 seed New Mexico was also the school's first victory over a top 10 ranked team.
The team was led by Wesley Saunders who was unanimous First Team All-Ivy and Ivy League Rookie of the Year Siyani Chambers who was also a first team honoree. Both Steve Moundou-Missi and Laurent Rivard earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition. Harvard tied an Ivy League single-season team record with 13 combined Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week Awards.
|2012–13 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team|
Prior to the season, Harvard won all four games on its international training trip to Italy. The team announced that senior Christian Webster and junior Laurent Rivard would serve as captain. The Crimson only returned one starter from the prior year. Harvard's two captains from the prior season, Keith Wright and Oliver McNally were seniors. Wright had been the Ivy League Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 2011. Wright, the Crimson all-time leader in blocked shots, signed with Uppsala Basket of the Swedish Basketball League, and McNally, signed with the Moncton Miracles of the National Basketball League of Canada. The team welcomed five freshmen and ten returning players.
The Ivy League media selected Harvard as the preseason runner-up to Princeton, giving the team the only first place vote that did not go to Princeton. Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports also selected Princeton first and Harvard second with his preseason predictions, noting that Harvard had been his preseason favorite until the September cheating scandal that involved about 125 athletes and students ensnared Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry, leading to their withdrawal. Casey and Curry had been first-team and second-team All-Ivy selections respectively for the 2011–12 Ivy League men's basketball season, respectively. Both players withdrew from school in hopes of preserving their final year of athletic eligibility following the investigation.
Harvard appeared on 14 televised games in the regualar season. Of these 14, six came on the NBC Sports Network. In addition, the team had four games broadcast on four different ESPN networks. Its February 23 game against Yale was televised by CBS Sports.
Harvard's November 14 contest against Massachusetts was televised on ESPN as part of the network's Tip-Off Marathon. Harvard lost the contest 67–64. On December 4, the team defeated Boston College for its fifth consecutive victory against Boston College Eagles men's basketball, making Amaker a perfect 6–0 against the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team also defeated cross-town rivals MIT and Boston University as well as in-state rival Holy Cross. Harvard's contest against Columbia that was originally scheduled for February 9 at 7:00 PM at Levien Gymnasium in Manhattan was postponed until February 10 at 2:00 PM due to the February 2013 nor'easter (also known as Winter Storm Nemo).
Harvard had cruised to a 9–1 record in conference play and then fell to 7–2 Princeton on March 1. The following night, Princeton defeated Dartmouth and Harvard lost to Penn to give Princeton the lead in the conference race. Harvard earned the Ivy League Championship with wins on March 8 and 9 over Columbia and Cornell to finish at 11–3 in conference as Princeton was swept on the same nights to Yale and Brown to fall to 9–4 in conference.
On March 21 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Harvard earned the school's first NCAA Tournament victory and its first victory over a top 10 opponent when it defeated number three seeded New Mexico (#10 AP Poll/#10 Coaches' Poll). The victory was the first by an Ivy League team in the tournament since the 2009–10 Cornell Big Red men's basketball team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Two days later, the team lost to Arizona, ending its season.
|11/09/2012*||7:00 PM||MIT||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||W 69–54||1,755||1–0|
|11/13/2012*||10:00 AM||at Massachusetts||Mullins Center • Amherst, MA
(ESPN Tip-Off Marathon)
|11/16/2012*||7:30 PM||Manhattan||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||W 79–45||1,506||2–1|
|11/20/2012*||7:30 PM||at Saint Joseph's||Hagan Arena • Philadelphia, PA||NBCSN||L 56–75||3,841||2–2|
|11/27/2012*||7:00 PM||Vermont||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||NBCSN||L 78–85||1,093||2–3|
|12/01/2012*||1:00 PM||Fordham||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||W 73–64||1,578||3–3|
|12/04/2012*||7:00 PM||at Boston College||Conte Forum • Chestnut Hill, MA||ESPN3||W 79–63||3,128||4–3|
|12/07/2012*||7:00 PM||at Connecticut||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT||SNY||L 49–57||9,113||4–4|
|12/11/2012*||7:00 PM||Boston University||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||W 65–64||1,257||5–4|
|12/22/2012*||2:00 PM||Holy Cross||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||W 72–65||1,851||6–4|
|12/29/2012*||8:00 PM||at California||Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, CA||P12N||W 67–62||8,334||7–4|
|12/31/2012*||8:00 PM||at Saint Mary's||McKeon Pavilion • Moraga, CA||ESPN2||L 69–70||2,847||7–5|
|01/05/2013*||4:00 PM||Rice||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||W 92–62||1,722||8–5|
|01/12/2013||4:00 PM||at Dartmouth||Leede Arena • Hanover, NH||W 75–65||997||9–5 (1–0)|
|01/19/2013*||12:30 PM||at Memphis||FedExForum • Memphis||FSN||L 50–60||16,204||9–6|
|01/26/2013||2:00 PM||Dartmouth||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||NBCSN||W 82–77 OT||1,807||10–6 (2–0)|
|02/01/2013||7:00 PM||Yale||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||W 67–64||2,195||11–6 (3–0)|
|02/02/2013||7:00 PM||Brown||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||W 89–82 2OT||1,830||12–6 (4–0)|
|02/08/2013||7:00 PM||at Cornell||Newman Arena • Ithaca, NY||W 67–65||2,873||13–6 (5–0)|
|02/10/2013||2:00 PM||at Columbia||Levien Gymnasium • New York City, NY||L 63–78||1,853||13–7 (5–1)|
|02/15/2013||7:00 PM||Penn||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||W 73–54||2,195||14–7 (6–1)|
|02/16/2013||7:00 PM||Princeton||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||NBCSN||W 69–57||2,195||15–7 (7–1)|
|02/22/2013||7:00 PM||at Brown||Pizzitola Sports Center • Providence, RI||W 65–47||1,321||16–7 (8–1)|
|02/23/2013||8:00 PM||at Yale||John J. Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, CT||CBSSN||W 72–66||2,139||17–7 (9–1)|
|03/01/2013||7:00 PM||at Princeton||Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ||ESPNU||L 53–58||4,413||17–8 (9–2)|
|03/02/2013||6:00 PM||at Penn||Palestra • Philadelphia, PA||NBCSN||L 72–75||5,267||17–9 (9–3)|
|03/08/2013||7:00 PM||Columbia||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||W 56–51||1,825||18–9 (10–3)|
|03/09/2013||5:30 PM||Cornell||Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, MA||NBCSN||W 65–56||2,195||19–9 (11–3)|
|2013 NCAA Tournament|
|03/21/2013*||10:10 PM||vs. #11 (3 W) New Mexico||#(14 W)||EnergySolutions Arena • Salt Lake City, UT
|03/23/2013*||6:10 PM||vs. #(6 W) Arizona||#(14 W)||EnergySolutions Arena • Salt Lake City, UT
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time(#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region W=West.|
Each week the Ivy League selects a player of the week and a rookie of the week. Led by Wesley Saunders' 5 Ivy League Player of the Week Awards and Siyani Chambers' 6 Rookie of the Week Awards, Harvard tied the Ivy League record with 13 single-season weekly recognitions.
|Player of the Week||Rookie of the Week|
|December 3, 2012||Wesley Saunders||Harvard||So.||G/F||Siyani Chambers||Harvard||G|
|December 10, 2012||Wesley Saunders||Harvard||So.||G/F|
|December 17, 2012||Siyani Chambers||Harvard||G|
|January 7, 2013||Siyani Chambers||Harvard||G|
|January 14, 2013||Wesley Saunders||Harvard||So.||G/F||Siyani Chambers||Harvard||G|
|January 28, 2013||Christian Webster||Harvard||Sr.||G||Siyani Chambers||Harvard||G|
|February 4, 2013||Wesley Saunders||Harvard||So.||G/F|
|February 18, 2013||Kenyatta Smith||Harvard||So.||C|
|February 25, 2013||Wesley Saunders||Harvard||So.||G/F|
|March 10, 2013||Siyani Chambers||Harvard||G|
Siyani Chambers was named the unanimous choice for Ivy League Rookie of the Year and the first freshman to be first team All-Ivy. Chambers and Saunders were the first Harvard teammates selected together as first team All-Ivy. The following players earned Ivy League postseason recognition:
- First Team All-Ivy
- ^Wesley Saunders, (So., G/F - Los Angeles)
- Siyani Chambers, (Fr., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)
- Honorable Mention All-Ivy
- Steve Moundou-Missi, (So., F - Yaounde, Cameroon)
- Laurent Rivard, (Jr., G - Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec, Canada)
- ^Unanimous Selection
On March 12, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association named Saunders to its 2012–13 Men's All-District I (ME, VT, NH, RI, MA, CT) Team, based upon voting from its national membership. The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced their Division I All‐District teams on March 26, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts were chosen. The selections on this list were then eligible for the State Farm Coaches’ Division I All-America teams. Saunders and Chambers were among the District 13 first team selections.
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