2013 NCAA Tournament Profile: Ivy League Champion Harvard Crimson
Conference: Ivy League
How They Qualified: Ivy League Regular Season Champion
It took the Harvard Crimson 65 years to end their NCAA Tournament drought, but in 2012 they made the 68-team field by way of an Ivy League regular season title.
Well, now the Crimson have done it again, qualifying for a second consecutive trip to the Big Dance after beating Cornell on Saturday afternoon to clinch the league’s regular season crown. The Ivy League is the only conference in the country that does not have a conference tournament, so its regular season champion gets the nod each year.
Harvard needed a little bit of help in clinching the regular season title on Saturday, but a Princeton loss is what ultimately decided the final standings and sent the Crimson into the tournament field.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Wesley Saunders (16.5 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Steve Moundou-Missi (5.1 rpg)
Leading Passer: Siyani Chamber (5.7 apg)
Bad Losses: Columbia, Princeton, Penn, Vermont
Good Wins: Boston College, California
Prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, Harvard’s potential took a major hit when an academic scandal stretched all the way to its men’s basketball program. Following the dismissal of both Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry, two starters for head coach Tommy Amaker, the expectations remained uncertain.
Well, the Crimson’s ability to dance regardless of their preseason losses is a testament to Amaker and this team. Harvard had never won an Ivy League title prior to 2011, but since Amaker has taken over, the Crimson have claimed three in a row, in addition to the back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Harvard Crimson are dancing!
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