Harvard vs. New Mexico: Full Game Preview

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Harvard vs. New Mexico: Full Game Preview
Harvard
(19-9, 6-8 away)
(10) New Mexico
(29-5, 20-1 home)
Venue: EnergySolutions Arena
9:50PM ET / 6:50PM PT, March 21, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Harvard W Saunders 16.5 S Moundou-Missi 5.1 S Chambers 5.7
New Mexico K Williams 13.5 A Kirk 7.9 K Williams 5.0

No. 3-seeded New Mexico takes on 14th-seeded Harvard in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday. Tipoff is at 9:50 p.m. ET and it can be seen on TNT.

In a 63-56 win over UNLV on Mar. 16, Tony Snell put up 21 points for the Lobos. In addition to his 12.6 points per game, he is also chipping in 2.9 assists per game. For the Crimson, Siyani Chambers finished with 16 points and five assists in the 65-56 win over Cornell on Mar. 9. He is averaging 13.1 points per game in addition to a team-best 5.7 assists per game. Harvard will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: free throw rate at 49.7 and effective field goal percentage at 54.9.

Harvard StatSmack

  • Even computers respect New Mexico more. New Mexico has a better RPI this season than Harvard (RPI: No. 2 vs. No. 93).
  • New Mexico has a better record on the road than Harvard this season (8-4 vs. 6-8).
  • New Mexico has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Harvard (three vs. one).
  • New Mexico has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (66.0 percent to 46.8 percent).
  • The New Mexico rebounding leader (Alex Kirk, 253 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Harvard rebounding leader (Steve Moundou-Missi, 139 rebounds).
  • New Mexico has a stronger schedule than Harvard this season (SOS Rank: No. 3 vs. No. 193).
  • New Mexico players are more experienced than Harvard players (15,092 minutes played vs. 10,649 minutes played).
  • New Mexico has a better record in close games than Harvard this season (9-2 vs. 7-4).
  • It's only wins and losses, but New Mexico has a better overall record than Harvard this season (26-5 vs. 19-9).
  • New Mexico has more wins over the last 5 years than Harvard (152 vs. 111).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that New Mexico is superior to Harvard (Latest AP Poll: No. 15 vs. Not Ranked).
HARV Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Wesley Saunders 37 16 4 3 2 0 3
B Siyani Chambers 38 13 3 6 2 0 3
C+ Laurent Rivard 35 10 4 1 1 0 1
C+ S. Moundou-Missi 21 8 5 0 1 1 1
C C. Webster 34 8 3 2 1 0 2
C- Jonah Travis 17 6 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Kenyatta Smith 14 5 4 0 0 2 1
D+ Evan Cummins 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
D Agunwa Okolie 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Michael Hall 3 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Alex Nesbitt 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lobos Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- K. Williams 35 14 4 5 1 0 2
A- Alex Kirk 28 12 8 0 0 2 2
B+ Tony Snell 31 12 3 3 1 0 2
B C. Bairstow 24 9 6 1 1 1 1
B Hugh Greenwood 28 7 5 2 1 1 1
C+ Chad Adams 20 5 3 1 1 0 1
C Jamal Fenton 15 4 1 1 1 0 1
C D. Walker 15 5 1 1 1 0 1
C- C. Thomas 6 1 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Nick Banyard 6 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Kory Alford 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Chris Perez 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
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