After only making the NCAA Tournament once in their history in 1946, the Harvard Crimson have now made the Big Dance two years in a row.
Last season Harvard made the tourney with a record of 26-4 and earned a No. 12 seed, but lost in its first game against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Unless if the Crimson can pull off some Cinderella magic, they will likely lose in their first game of the tournament again this year.
After going 19-9 on the season, Harvard received a No. 14 seed in this year’s dance and will have to play the best team out of the MWC. The New Mexico Lobos are the No. 3 seed and they have only lost one game in their last 10, while Harvard has lost two out of four.
The Crimson did manage to beat California at California this year, which is not an easy feat, especially for a team out of the IVY League.
Although it is mid-major vs. mid-major in this one, New Mexico has been ranked in the top 25 for most of the season and has a team that could make a Final Four run. Harvard should just be happy that it is even in the tournament after edging out Princeton for the conference title.
Win or lose, this could very well be a new era for the Harvard Crimson basketball team. Making the tournament two straight year’s in a row is definitely a big deal for this team, especially when the Crimson lost two starters from last year due to a scandal. However, it will take a perfect game out of Harvard to upset New Mexico.
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