Harvard vs. Arizona: Full Game Preview

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Harvard vs. Arizona: Full Game Preview
Harvard
(20-9, 7-8 away)
(21) Arizona
(26-7, 17-2 home)
Venue: EnergySolutions Arena
6:10PM ET / 3:10PM PT, March 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Harvard W Saunders 16.5 S Moundou-Missi 5.1 S Chambers 5.8
Arizona M Lyons 15.0 K Tarczewski 6.1 N Johnson 3.2

No. 6-seeded Arizona takes on 14th-seeded Harvard in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday. It gets started at 6:10 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT.

In an 81-64 win over Belmont on Mar. 21, Mark Lyons put up 23 points for the Wildcats. He leads the team with 15.0 points per game. For the Crimson, Wesley Saunders finished with 18 points in the 68-62 win over New Mexico on Mar. 21. He leads the team in points with 16.5 per game and steals with 1.9 per game.

Digging into season numbers, Arizona has the advantage in one key category, rebounding, where the Wildcats have an edge over the Crimson, 36.6 per game to 29.3 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Harvard is strong in the following categories: free throw rate at 49.6 and effective field goal percentage at 55.2.

Harvard StatSmack

  • Even computers respect Arizona more. Arizona has a better RPI this season than Harvard (RPI: No. 11 vs. No. 92).
  • The Pac-12 has had 13 more Sweet Sixteen teams than the Ivy League over the past 10 years.
  • Over the past 10 years, Arizona has had more players drafted by the NBA than Harvard (10 vs. zero).
  • The Pac-12 has 8 teams - Oregon (37.4), California (37.2), Colorado (37.2), Oregon State (37.0), UCLA (36.7), Washington (36.5), Stanford (36.4), and Arizona (36.3) - that secure more rebounds per game than the Ivy League leader, Brown (35.8).
  • Arizona is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Arizona is 220 lbs compared to 215 lbs for Harvard.
  • Arizona has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Harvard (12 vs. zero).
  • The Pac-12 has 4 teams - Arizona State (6.2), USC (5.1), California (4.7), and Oregon State (4.6) - that produce more blocks per game than the Ivy League leader, Harvard (4.4).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Arizona is superior to Harvard (Latest AP Poll: No. 18 vs. Not Ranked).
  • Arizona players are more experienced than Harvard players (17,961 minutes played vs. 10,649 minutes played).
  • Diaper Dandies love Arizona. Arizona has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Harvard (17 vs. 0).
  • The Pac-12 has had 32 more NCAA Tournament teams than the Ivy League over the past 10 years.
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 C. Webster 34 8 3 2 1 0 2
C S. Moundou-Missi 21 8 5 0 1 1 1
C- Jonah Travis 17 6 3 1 1 0 1
C- 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
Arizona Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Solomon Hill 33 14 5 3 1 1 2
B+ Nick Johnson 31 11 4 3 2 1 2
B Mark Lyons 30 15 2 3 1 0 3
B Kevin Parrom 24 9 5 2 1 0 1
B- K. Tarczewski 22 6 6 0 0 1 2
B- Brandon Ashley 21 7 5 1 1 1 1
C+ Grant Jerrett 18 5 4 1 0 1 1
C- Jordin Mayes 12 2 1 1 1 0 1
C- Gabe York 6 3 0 1 0 0 0
D+ Angelo Chol 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Max Wiepking 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
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