Jeremy Lin, Blake Griffin cheer on Harvard’s NCAA tournament win over New Mexico


This is right up there with Harvard beats Yale 29-29. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)

Round one was plugging along at a fairly chalky pace save two No. 12-No. 5 upsets from Pac-12 folks California and Oregon. The East Coast went to sleep, then out of the woodwork came Harvard.

Beset by suspensions amid an academic cheating scandal that implicated senior Kyle Casey, the team’s leading scorer, the No. 14 Crimson somehow managed to ruin millions of brackets by topping No. 3 New Mexico, a trendy mid-major pick, 68-62 in Salt Lake City.

Cue the academic jokes. Cue the cracks about “Well, thank goodness a Harvard student finally succeeded at something.” Oh heck, just cue Jeremy Lin.

Care to chime in, Blake Griffin? You worked with Harvard assistant Yanni Hufnagel, when he was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma. Any kind words?

The band, dressed eerily similar to the EnergySolutions Arena security guards, also got in the action.

Before the game, Nate Silver calculated that Harvard had a 12.6 percent chance to beat New Mexico. Per the Wall Street Journal, Silver wasn’t alone in doubting Harvard. John Ezekowitz, a senior and former president of the Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective, forecasted this year’s upsets — and left Harvard out.

Don’t feel bad if you did, too. ESPN says that only 5.6 percent of its 8.15 million brackets (45,640) nailed the upset.

And at least there was a little remorse from Harvard.

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Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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