A Harvard victory! David has indeed topped Goliath. We are proud to report that Harvard University, the 14th-seeded little underdog that could, pulled off the biggest upset thus far in March Madness today with a victory over 3rd-seeded New Mexico. According to “The AP,” “The university where John Adams, Teddy Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy earned degrees was making just its third trip to the tournament — and it had never won — though the Ivy League advanced in 2010 when a Cornell team made the regional semifinals.” The basketball team where Jeremy Lin once shined has now gone further into the NCAA Tournament than ever before in the university’s long history. At 20-9, the Crimson pulled off a spectacular victory, taking down the favorite by a score of 68-62 in one of the most memorable First Round games we’ve seen in years.
Next up, Harvard will face Arizona. But they’ve already busted their bracket so why not bust it up a bit more? Harvard just might be this year’s Valparaiso, Miami of Ohio, or George Mason. All of those schools once pulled off spectacular upsets in previous NCAA Tourneys. And just think how good the Harvard basketball team would be this year had their co-captains not been suspended prior to the season in the fallout from the cheating scandal at Harvard? Maybe they’d have a shot to make the Final Four. Maybe they still do!
Congratulations to Tommy Amaker and the Harvard Crimson on your remarkable victory. You are representing the Ivy League well in March Madness and we think you’ve got a real shot to pull off another upset. We’re rooting for you and so is the rest of the country. Because only in March Madness is Harvard ever an underdog!