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Harvard Crimson Celebrate First NCAA Bid Since 1946

By on March 13, 2012 in

Harvard Crimson Men’s Basketball is set to compete in this year’s NCAA tournament. As the No. 12 seed, the team will play No. 5 seed Vanderbilt on Thursday March 15.

The exciting news comes a year after their season ended in devastating fashion after a loss in the one-game playoff for Ivy League teams to Princeton, eliminating their chances of playing in the tournament. Harvard hasn’t been in it since 1946 and even though Vanderbilt will be a tough opponent, they’re ready to prove themselves. They want to try to make history, but will also have fun simply being a part of it all.

“I just think we need to take business as usual in a lot of ways – our preparation, our identity” head coach Tommy Amaker said. “But also remember to have some fun with it, which is always a part of everything we try to do here.

Led by First Team All-Ivy Junior Forward Kyle Casey and Second Team All-Ivy Senior Forward Keith Wright and Junior Guard Brandyn Curry, the team was 26-4 in the regular season, including big wins against Boston rivals BC and BU. While they are not considered favorites in the March Madness polls, everyone does like an underdog and the team will have a lot of fans pulling for them. If the Crimson can advanced past the first two rounds, they will be back home battling at TD Garden in the Sweet Sixteen.

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