Conference: Ivy League
How They Qualified: Ivy League Regular Season Champion
Region/Seed: East, No. 12
After not making the NCAA tournament since 1946, the Harvard Crimson have made the dance three seasons in a row. Last year they actually knocked off the New Mexico Lobos. May I remind you that the Lobos were a No. 3 seed.
Harvard is more than capable of upsetting another opponent right off of the bat and a Sweet 16 appearance could be in store for this team. So although the Crimson do not rock a No. 1 seed or really anything close to that, opposing teams will have their hands full with this mid-major.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Wesley Saunders (14.0 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Steve Moundou-Missi (5.8 rpg)
Leading Passer: Siyani Chambers (4.6 apg)
Bad Losses: Florida Atlantic
Good Wins: Boston U, Green Bay, Vermont
Harvard played Connecticut and Colorado earlier in the year. Did it beat either team? No, but it gave both a very tough fight and lost by a combined 13 points. Both games should have given the Crimson a good sense of how talented opposing teams will be in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Plus, both outcomes should have showed the rest of the nation they are for real.
I am sure not a lot of people are expecting this team to make a Final Four run, but this is still one of the best mid-majors in college hoops and if other teams take them likely, that Final Four run could actually happen. That would make for quite the Cinderella story.
The Harvard Crimson are dancing!