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

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

In a 68-62 win over New Mexico on Mar. 21, Wesley Saunders put up 18 points for the Crimson. With 16.5 points per game and 1.9 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Wildcats, Kevin Parrom put up 12 points and eight rebounds in the 81-64 win over Belmont on Mar. 21. He is averaging 8.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Arizona has a statistical edge over Harvard in one specific area, rebounding, where the Wildcats have the upper hand over the Crimson, 36.6 per game to 29.3 per game. The Four Factors in which Arizona stands out are defensive rebounding percentage at 73.4 and effective field goal percentage at 52.2.

Arizona StatSmack

  • Harvard is ranked higher than Arizona in their conference (No. 1 vs. No. 2).
  • The Harvard blocks leader (Kenyatta Smith, 56 blocks) has more blocks than the Arizona blocks leader (Grant Jerrett, 26 blocks).
  • The Harvard three-point leader (Laurent Rivard, 74 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Arizona three-point leader (Mark Lyons, 56 three-pointers).
  • Harvard is better at defending the three (32.5 percent allowed vs. 36.5 percent allowed) than Arizona this season.
  • Harvard is a better three-point shooting team (40.1 percent vs. 36.3 percent) than Arizona this season.
  • The Harvard scoring leader (Wesley Saunders, 461 points) has more points than the Arizona scoring leader (Mark Lyons, 446 points).
  • The Ivy League has 2 teams - Harvard (40.1 percent) and Princeton (39.5 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Pac-12 leader, Oregon State (36.4 percent).
  • The Ivy League has 2 teams - Harvard (48.2 percent) and Princeton (46.2 percent) - that shoot a better field goal percentage than the Pac-12 leader, UCLA (45.8 percent).
  • Harvard has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (70.5 percent to 67.5 percent).
  • The Harvard assist leader (Siyani Chambers, 155 assists) has more assists than the Arizona assist leader (Nick Johnson, 94 assists).
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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