2013–14 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team

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2013–14 Harvard Crimson men's basketball
Harvard Crimson.svg
Great Alaska Shootout Champions
Ivy League regular season champions
NCAA third round vs. Michigan State, L 73–80
Conference Ivy League
2013–14 record 27–5 (13–1 Ivy)
Head coach Tommy Amaker (7th year)
Assistant coach Brian DeStefano
Assistant coach Adam Cohen
Assistant coach Christian Webster
Captain Kyle Casey
Captain Brandyn Curry
Home arena Lavietes Pavilion
Seasons
« 2012–13 2014–15 »
2013–14 Ivy League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
x-Harvard 13 1   .929     27 5   .844
Yale 9 5   .643     19 14   .576
Princeton 8 6   .571     21 9   .700
Columbia 8 6   .571     21 13   .618
Brown 7 7   .500     15 14   .517
Dartmouth 5 9   .357     12 16   .429
Penn 5 9   .357     8 20   .286
Cornell 1 13   .071     2 26   .071
Rankings from AP Poll
x-Ivy League champion

The 2013–14 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team represented Harvard University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Crimson, led by seventh year head coach Tommy Amaker, played their home games at Lavietes Pavilion and were members of the Ivy League. They finished the season 27–5, 13–1 in Ivy League play to win the Ivy League championship and earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, as a 12-seed, the Crimson upset 5-seed Cincinnati in the second round before losing in the third round to 4-seed Michigan State.

Preseason[edit]

On September 27, USA Today‍‍ '​‍s Scott Gleeson named Harvard the 31st best team in the country and projected the team to earn a number 8 seed in the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[1] When the preseason Coaches' Poll was released on October 17, three-time Ivy League defending champion Harvard received 28 points (the 32nd highest point total).[2] When the preseason Associated Press poll was released, Harvard had 46 points (the 31st highest total).[3] Sports Illustrated listed Harvard 20th in its College Basketball edition.[4] Its support was largely based upon the return of 2013 Ivy Rookie of the Year Siyani Chambers and the 2013 Ivy League scoring champion Wesley Saunders as well as the return of Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry, who had redshirtted the previous season due to the 2012 Harvard cheating scandal.[5] Casey and Curry had been 2011–12 All-Ivy League first and second team selections, respectively.[6]

Harvard was the unanimous selection of the 17-member Ivy League media poll selection committee when it was released on October 23, 2013.[7][8] Harvard was also the preseason selection of Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Lindy's Sports and NBCSports.com, but Sporting News selected them second to Princeton.[9] Saunders was selected as the preseason Ivy League player of the year according to Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Lindy's Sports, NBCSports.com and Sporting News and was a CollegeInsider.Com Lou Henson Preseason Mid-Major All-America Team selection.[9] Both Curry and Chambers were preseason Bob Cousy Award watchlist selections.[9] The team selected Casey and Curry to be its co-captains.[10]

Recruits[edit]

Class of 2013[edit]

Zena Edosomwan was a 4-star recruit and among the top 100 players in the class of 2012 according to multiple recruiting services. Harvard's recruitment of him has become controversial because he had substandard academic qualifications for Harvard. He had to take the SAT's multiple times and reclassify into the class of 2013 while pursuing a post-graduate year at Northfield Mount Hermon.[11][12] Edosomwan declined basketball scholarships from UCLA, USC, California, Texas, Wake Forest, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Gonzaga, Notre Dame, San Francisco, Texas, Vanderbilt, and Washington to attend Harvard.[12] He is the first player rated among the top 100 by Scout.com to ever commit to Harvard.[13]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Zena Edosomwan
C/PF
North Hollywood, CA Northfield Mount Hermon School 6 ft 8.5 in (2.04 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Mar 11, 2012 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Hunter Myers
SF/PF
Minden, NV Douglas High School (NV) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 217.5 lb (98.7 kg) Oct 10, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Matt Fraschilla
PG
Dallas, TX Highland Park High School 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) N/A Dec 4, 2012 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Class of 2014[edit]

On September 29, 2013 4-star recruit Chris Egi and 3-star recruit Andre Chatfield both made verbal commitments to Harvard. Egi is the second top 100 recruit in two years for Harvard.[14]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chris Egi
C/PF
Montverde, FL Montverde Academy (FL) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sep 29, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Andre Chatfield
SG
Norcross, GA Norcross High School (GA) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sep 29, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2013–14 Harvard Crimson men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 0 Rivard, LaurentLaurent Rivard 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec
G 1 Chambers, SiyaniSiyani Chambers 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Golden Valley, Minnesota
G 2 Nesbitt, AlexAlex Nesbitt 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Chicago, Illinois
G 3 Brown, MattMatt Brown 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Barrington, Rhode Island
F 4 Edosomwan, ZenaZena Edosomwan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr Los Angeles, California
F 5 Myers, HunterHunter Myers 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Minden, Nevada
G 10 Curry, BrandynBrandyn Curry 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Huntersville, North Carolina
G 11 Fraschilla, MattMatt Fraschilla 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Dallas, Texas
F 14 Moundou-Missi, SteveSteve Moundou-Missi 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Yaoundé, Cameroon
G/F 20 Steeves, PatrickPatrick Steeves 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Montreal, Quebec
G 21 Giger, DeeDee Giger 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Arden, North Carolina
G/F 23 Saunders, WesleyWesley Saunders 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Los Angeles, California
F 24 Travis, JonahJonah Travis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Minneapolis, Minnesota
C 25 Smith, KenyattaKenyatta Smith 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Sun Valley, California
F 30 Casey, KyleKyle Casey 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Medway, Massachusetts
F 32 Anastasi, CharlieCharlie Anastasi 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
F 33 Cummins, EvanEvan Cummins 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Westborough, Massachusetts
F 34 Hamel, TomTom Hamel 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Methuen, Massachusetts
G/F 35 Okolie, AgunwaAgunwa Okolie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Ajax, Ontario
F/C 44 Hall, MichaelMichael Hall 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Atlanta, Georgia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Brian DeStefano (Duke)
  • Adam Cohen (Arizona)
  • Christian Webster (Harvard)

Head Manager

  • Basil Williams (Class of 2014)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2013-09-28

Schedule[edit]

Harvard opened its season on November 10 with a victory over in-state Greater Boston rival Holy Cross at the TD Garden.[15] They then defeated Cambridge rival MIT on November 12 in the home opener at Lavietes Pavilion.[16] After scoring 14 points and adding 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks while playing 37 minutes in the first game of the season,[17] Curry missed the next three games due to a foot injury.[18] After starting the season 4–0, the team lost its first game on the road against Pacific-12 Conference Colorado on November 24.[19] Curry re-aggravated his foot against Colorado and was described as out indefinitely by Amaker.[20] In the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout, Harvard defeated Denver, Green Bay and TCU to win the November 27–30 tournament.[21][22][23]

Date Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
Regular season
11/10/2013* vs. Holy Cross
(Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Tip-Off)
W 82–72  1–0 TD Garden (6,037)
11/12/2013* MIT W 79–37  2–0 Lavietes Pavilion (1,414)
11/15/2013* Howard W 76–44  3–0 Lavietes Pavilion (1,815)
11/20/2013* Bryant W 86–68  4–0 Lavietes Pavilion (1,760)
11/24/2013* at Colorado L 62–70  4–1 Coors Events Center (9,770)
11/28/2013* vs. Denver
(Great Alaska Shootout first round)
W 68–60  5–1 Sullivan Arena (3,923)
11/29/2013* vs. Green Bay
(Great Alaska Shootout semifinals)
W 76–64  6–1 Sullivan Arena (4,064)
11/30/2013* vs. TCU
(Great Alaska Shootout championship)
W 71–50  7–1 Sullivan Arena (4,253)
12/04/2013* at Northeastern W 72–64  8–1 Matthews Arena (1,901)
12/07/2013* at Boston University W 79–68  9–1 Case Gym (1,233)
12/21/2013* Vermont W 74–68  10–1 Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)
12/28/2013* at Fordham W 94–86  11–1 Rose Hill Gymnasium (3,200)
01/01/2014* Boston College W 73–58  12–1 Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)
01/04/2014* at Rice W 69–54  13–1 Tudor Fieldhouse (1,762)
01/08/2014* at Connecticut L 56–61  13–2 Gampel Pavilion (9,218)
01/11/2014 Dartmouth W 61–45  14–2 (1–0) Lavietes Pavilion (1,766)
01/21/2014* at Florida Atlantic L 53–68  14–3 FAU Arena (2,315)
01/26/2014 at Dartmouth W 80–50  15–3 (2–0) Leede Arena (1,544)
01/31/2014 Princeton W 82–76  16–3 (3–0) Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)
02/01/2014 Penn W 80–50  17–3 (4–0) Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)
02/07/2014 Brown W 52–45  18–3 (5–0) Lavietes Pavilion (2,028)
02/08/2014 Yale L 67–74  18–4 (5–1) Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)
02/14/2014 at Columbia W 88–84 2OT 19–4 (6–1) Levien Gymnasium (2,474)
02/15/2014 at Cornell W 67–44  20–4 (7–1) Newman Arena (1,342)
02/21/2014 at Penn W 83–63  21–4 (8–1) Palestra (4,810)
02/22/2014 at Princeton W 59–47  22–4 (9–1) Jadwin Gymnasium (4,306)
02/28/2014 Cornell W 72–47  23–4 (10–1) Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)
03/01/2014 Columbia W 80–47  24–4 (11–1) Lavietes Pavilion (2,195)
03/07/2014 at Yale W 70–58  25–4 (12–1) Payne Whitney Gymnasium (2,532)
03/08/2014 at Brown W 98–93 OT 26–4 (13–1) Pizzitola Sports Center (2,226)
NCAA Tournament
03/20/2014 #(12 E) vs. #15 (5 E) Cincinnati
(Second round)
W 61–57  27–4 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (10,862)
03/22/2014 #(12 E) vs. #11 (4 E) Michigan State
(Third round)
L 73–80  27–5 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (11,623)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll, (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed within region E=East. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Honors[edit]

On March 11 Saunders was named to the District I (ME, VT, NH, RI, MA, CT) team by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).[24] Saunders was listed on The National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All‐District 13 first team on March 12.[25]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Final 
AP Poll RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV N/A 
Coaches Poll RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV


References[edit]

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