When it comes to NCAA basketball, the Ivy League has always been what most die hard sports fans consider a joke. The public belief is that Ivy League schools focus solely on academics and have little concern about the athletics department. That perception has quickly diminished over the past five years, especially over at Harvard University. With the phenomenal rise of New York Knick star and Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin, to the newest future prospect recruit Zena Edosomwan, Harvard seems to be putting the same focus on academics as they are in athletics. 1946 was the last time Harvard played in an NCAA Tournament game. Current Coach Tommy Amaker had not even been birthed yet. This is why I became overjoyed after watching the Crimson players’ astonishing reaction to the good old Vanderbilt Commodores being announced as their first round opponent against Harvard in the tournament. Vanderbilt pulled off an upset victory over the #1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats to become the number one seed in the conference. Unfortunately, Vandy was able to pull out a win over the Crimson 79-70 with Harvard trailing most of the game but crawling back within the last few minutes of the game, cutting the lead to just five points. This is why we will most likely see Harvard in the Tourney next year with a much stronger team and the demise of a 66-year-old dry spell. Go Crimson!!!!!
“On the night of March 5, 2011, 400 Harvard undergraduates gathered in a cramped, aging building on the far side of the Charles River. They cheered and chanted, and they believed their team would win. And indeed it did, as the Crimson defeated Princeton to win a share of its first-ever Ivy League championship.
One year later, the Harvard men’s basketball team managed to pull it off again.
Penn’s 62-52 loss to Princeton Tuesday evening let the Crimson clinch the school’s first-ever outright Ivy League championship and send it to its first NCAA tournament since 1946.
The story of how it reached that milestone—one that overcame 112 years of on-court mediocrity—involves far more than just a 19-man roster that went 26-4 during its regular season.
It encompasses a coach in search of redemption, an athletic director determined to oversee the rebirth of one of the most maligned programs in college basketball, and an impassioned group of Harvard graduates with the resources to do something about it.”