Harvard vs. Memphis: Full Game Preview
|Harvard||W Saunders 16.4||J Travis 4.7||S Chambers 5.8|
|Memphis||J Jackson 13.9||D Stephens 6.4||J Jackson 4.5|
Memphis welcomes Harvard to FedEx Forum on Saturday. The game gets underway at 12:30 EST and you can catch it on FSN. Memphis has won seven games straight.
The 13 points and 12 rebounds by Joe Jackson helped the Tigers to a 77-51 cakewalk over Rice on January 16th. He leads the team in points with 13.9 per game and assists with 4.5 per game. In a 75-65 victory over Dartmouth on January 12th, Wesley Saunders put up 19 points and 5 rebounds for the Crimson. He leads the team in points with 16.4 per game and steals with 2.0 per game. Harvard will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: effective field goal percentage at 55.7 and free throw rate at 44.4.
- Memphis can actually jump, with more rebounds (36.2 per game vs 31.3 per game) than Harvard this season.
- We're a talent magnet. Since 1998 Memphis has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Harvard (5 vs 0).
- Memphis does a better job contesting shots (40.9% allowed vs 45.2% allowed) than Harvard this season.
- It's only wins and losses, but Memphis has a better overall record than Harvard this season (9-3 vs 7-5).
- Maybe someday you'll play some real competition. Memphis has a stronger schedule (including future opponents) than Harvard this season (Projected SOS Rank: #112 vs #224).
- Harvard has been ducking Memphis for over 30 years.
- We just win. Memphis has more wins over the last 5 years than Harvard (155 vs 99).
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Memphis has had more players drafted by the NBA than Harvard (10 vs 0).
- The Memphis blocks leader (D.J. Stephens) has more blocks than the Harvard blocks leader (Kenyatta Smith).
- We win when it counts, too. Memphis has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Harvard (14 vs 0).
- Memphis takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Harvard (8 vs 1).