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Crimson bring rare NCAA Tournament success to Ivy League
Tommy Amaker’s remake of Harvard basketball continued as the Crimson defeated No. 6 seed Cincinnati 61-57 for Harvard’s second NCAA Tournament win in two seasons.
Harvard upset No. 3 seed New Mexico last season in the Crimson’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1946.
Amaker’s team, which returned nearly every key player from last season, controlled most of the game against Cincinnati, but the Bearcats had a chance in the final minutes when Harvard’s Laurent Rivard missed a 3-point shot that could have put the game out of reach.
In one of many Cincinnati misses around the rim, Titus Rubles missed a layup that would have narrowed the game to 1.
Harvard is the first Ivy League team since the field expanded in 1985 to win NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back seasons.
|NCAA Wins by Ivy League teams since 1984-85|
|2014||Harvard||Upset No. 6 Cincinnati||Tommy Amaker|
|2013||Harvard||Upset No. 3 New Mexico||Tommy Amaker|
|2010||Cornell||Reached Sweet 16||Steve Donahue|
|1998||Princeton||Defeated UNLV||Bill Carmody|
|1996||Princeton||Upset No. 4 UNLV||Pete Carril|
|1994||Penn||Upset No. 6 Nebraska||Fran Dunphy|