Harvard adds to upset tally with win over Cincinnati

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
Year Team Notes Coach
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


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