basketball-men-d1 flag | February 6, 2015

Five to Watch: Best college basketball games for Feb. 7-8

There are four top-25 matchups this weekend, but the game to find features front-runners Harvard-Yale on the Ivy League Digital Network:

Harvard vs. Yale
13-5, 3-1 Ivy League 15-6, 4-0 Ivy League
7 p.m. ET Saturday  ::  Ivy League Digital Network

Why watch? The Ivy League epitomizes the student-athlete experience; these are smart players in every sense of the word. The league also has reached the point in the schedule where Friday-Saturday games are the norm. Harvard plays at Brown on Friday while Yale plays host to Dartmouth (7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network). Entering the weekend, Harvard has won 10 consecutive Ivy League games on the road dating to last season. (The Crimson was a perfect 7-0 on the road against the Ancient Eight last year, marking the program's first undefeated road record in conference play.) Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are looking to win their first five league games for the first time since the official start of Ivy play in 1956-57.

Top Winning Pct. Since 2009-10
Rank School Record Pct.
1 Kansas 175-32 84.5
2 Duke 168-35 82.8
3 Kentucky 173-37 82.4
4 Gonzaga 161-35 82.1
5 Wichita State 165-37 81.7
6 Syracuse 164-39 80.8
7 Ohio State 165-42 79.7
8 San Diego State 156-40 79.6
9 Murray State 147-41 78.2
10 Louisville 160-47 77.3
11 New Mexico 150-45 76.9
12 Saint Mary’s 149-45 76.8
13 Harvard 130-40 76.5
14 Stephen F. Austin 138-43 76.2
15 VCU 154-50 75.5
16 Arizona 149-50 74.9
  BYU 152-51 74.9
18 Belmont 142-50 74.0
19 Florida 152-54 73.8
20 Memphis 142-52 73.2
Note: As of games played Feb. 3.

Statistically speaking: Harvard ranks 13th in scoring defense, allowing 56.9 ppg. ... The Feb. 6 RPI shows Yale at No. 52; Harvard is 77th. ... The Crimson has held 12 of its 18 opponents to fewer than 60 points, with five scoring fewer than 50. ... Yale is 5-1 at home, outscoring opponents by nearly 23 points per game. During the past four years, the Bulldogs are 22-6 in Ivy League games at home. ... The Bulldogs are the league's top scoring offense at 69.4 ppg. Yale also leads the league in rebounding margin (plus-6.6), offensive rebounds (12.2 pg) and assists (14.1 pg).

Series history: Yale leads the all-times series 116-74 -- its most victories vs. any opponent -- and Bulldogs head coach James Jones is 18-12 against the Crimson.

Notebook: Wesley Saunders (15.3 ppg) leads Harvard in scoring, while Corbin Miller has made at least one 3-point field goal in each of the Crimson's 18 games. ... Saunders is among 50 players on the Naismith watch list; he's the first Ivy Leaguer to be included on the Naismith list. ... Yale's Javier Duren, who needs 17 points to reach 1,000 in his career. He would become the 27th player in school history and the second this season to reach the milestone (Justin Sears scored his 1,000th career point vs. Sacred Heart on Dec. 30). ... Harvard is attempting to become the first Ivy League team to win the conference after beginning 1-1 since Penn in 2001-02. Only 14 teams have won the Ivy League beginning conference play either 0-1 or 1-1. ... Yale senior Matt Townsend was named one of 32 Rhodes Scholars. He has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average through six semesters and also was elected to the Yale Phi Beta Kappa society as a junior.

Autism Speaks: This weekend more than 200 schools from across the country in wearing Autism Speaks’ blue puzzle piece pins to raise awareness for the 1 in 68 children on the autism specturm. To make a donation or to learn more about Coaches Powering Forward for Autism, visit

No. 19 Baylor
at No. 15 West Va.
No. 10 Notre Dame
at No. 4 Duke
No. 24 Georgetown
at No. 7 Villanova
No. 9 Louisville
at No. 3 Virginia
Noon Saturday
  1 p.m. Saturday
  2 p.m. Saturday
  7 p.m. Saturday
Complete TV schedule

Information compiled from Harvard and Yale team sites.

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