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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 5 Cincinnati vs. No. 12 Harvard

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

As good as Cincinnati has been all season long, this matchup has upset written all over it.

The Harvard Crimson lost to the Connecticut Huskies earlier in the season by five points. That contest was played on the road for Harvard, so the outcome could have been different if it was at home or even on a neutral court.

The Bearcats are just 3-3 in their last six games. The three losses have come against Connecticut (twice) and Louisville, but still. They are not entering the tournament as hot as they were earlier in the season when they won 15 games in a row.

What to Watch For

Can Harvard stop Sean Kilpatrick. My guess would be no. As a result, the Bearcats could walk away the W pretty easily. Kilpatrick is putting up 20.7 points per game and has done that against some of the best teams in college basketball.

Five players on the Crimson are averaging 10 or more points per game. Another player is averaging 9.3. This team definitely has a balanced attack.

Prediction

Harvard has won eight games in a row. It beat No. 3 seed New Mexico in last year’s tournament, so it is more than capable of pulling off an upset in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Cincinnati really does have the talent to make it to the Final Four, but I have to go with the upset in this game. Kilpatrick will likely put up around 20 points in the contest, but the Crimson will come ready to play and will win a close battle.

Harvard 73 Cincinnati 71

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.