Harvard may not be the world’s top university anymore, but the school is becoming a basketball powerhouse. Well, kind of. Last year, the Crimson lost to the Vanderbilt Commodores in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1946, but that simply served to get the nerves out of the Harvard student-athletes. Back in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, Harvard has gone from making an appearance to making waves. Harvard (a 14th seed) upset New Mexico (a 3rd seed), besting the Lobos by a score of 68-62. From first tournament appearance since the end of World War II to the second round in a year’s time… not bad, smartypants!
“It’s unbelievable,” admitted Harvard senior Christian Webster, who scored 11 points. ”We were talking in the back. We’re still in disbelief, can’t believe it happened. This is the No. 1 moment in my career. The thought came to mind that this could be the last game. We showed a lot of toughness, just persevering.”
While the Ivy League has become something of a minor basketball power in recent years (Princeton’s regular success as an underdog, Cornell’s 2010 run to the Sweet Sixteen), this is a historic feat for the Crimson. Harvard will try to keep the ball rolling against the 6-seed Arizona Wildcats. Nobody could have predicted the first upset, but now people will be paying attention to the Ivy League ballers.
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