There wasn't enough respect with the NCAA committee, however, dousing hopes for an at-large bid that hovered over watch parties for Sunday's Selection Show. Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, who played at Duke and has coached at basketball schools like Michigan and Seton Hall, said his players were “heartbroken and devastated.”
Still, this NIT bid — Harvard's first — represents opportunity for the Crimson, much as it does for OSU. Harvard is a young team that will return every player on its roster for 2011-12.
“We're really excited,” junior co-captain Oliver McNally told the school's newspaper. “It's going to be a fun experience for us... the NIT is a big deal; we're going to try to win some games and extend our season.”