For the second straight season, the Harvard men’s basketball team has checked into the distinguished club of opening-round upsets, this time toppling No. 5 Cincinnati, 61-57, as a No. 12 seed in Spokane, Wash. Paired with their victory over third-seeded New Mexico as a No. 14 seed last season, the Crimson have placed themselves into rare company.
Harvard trying to become 3rd team to win a Round of 64 game in consecutive years as a 12-seed or lower. Other two: ’08-09 WKU, ’02-03 Tulsa.
— Brett Edgerton (@EditorEdge) March 20, 2014
Harvard is the 1st Ivy League team with wins in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments since Princeton in 1983-84.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 20, 2014
With Coach Tommy Amaker, a native of Falls Church, a justifiably hot name on the coaching carousel, the Ivy League champions once again proved their mettle on the national stage. Wesley Saunders led the scoring with a team-high 12 pints, and despite a miserable shooting afternoon — 2 for 10 from the field, 1 for 6 on three-pointers — Siyani Chambers added 11 points.
Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin, creator of the “Hooping Cough” doctor’s note, got 18 points from star guard and all-American candidate Sean Kilpatrick, but the Bearcats shot 38.2 percent and were playing catch-up for most of the game.
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