Harvard had the resume of an NCAA Tournament team

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: March 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm •  Published: March 14, 2011
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The things we think we know about Harvard kids — they're smart, some even brilliant — are true, regardless of your take on the “The Social Network.”

What you maybe didn't know about the Harvard basketball team is they were this close to making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1946, except for a buzzer-beater that swung a one-point lead into a one-point loss in a one-game playoff for the Ivy League championship.

And, even then, they maybe deserved a spot in the big bracket anyway, rather than a trip to Stillwater for an NIT opener tonight at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Crimson resume is solid: 23-6 record overall, 12-2 in the Ivy League; an RPI of 35; an 82-66 win over Colorado; a 78-69 win at Boston College; five of six losses to NCAA Tournament teams; the conference MVP in forward Keith Wright.

“You've heard the word Harvard a lot the last two weeks,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford, “it seems to me, every time I've turned the TV on.

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