Record: (25-4, 12-1 Ivy)
RPI: 58 (.572)
BPI: 39 (82.6)
Conference: Ivy League
How They Qualified: Automatic Bid (Won Ivy League)
The Harvard Crimson were not really a huge surprise this year. Even with the anonymity that usually comes with playing in the Ivy League, Harvard was a favorite to make the NCAA Tournament from the start of the year. In fact, they were such heavy favorites, that many experts were talking about them as a top-25 team in the country.
Harvard head coach, Tommy Amaker, seems to be making these kinds of seasons a regular thing for the program. 25 wins, only one bad loss, and a style of play that doesn’t really rely upon one particular player. Even some of their losses during the season (UConn, Colorado) bode well for Harvard come the big dance. Losing is losing, but playing “power conference” teams close is a good sign heading into the tournament. Not to mention that they beat the ho-hum Boston College Eagles of the ACC.
What You Need to Know
Leading Scorer: Wesley Saunders 14.0 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Steve Moundou-Missi 5.6 rpg as does Kyle Casey
Leading Passer: Siyani Chambers 4.6 apg
Bad Losses: Florida Atlantic
Good Wins: Holy Cross, Green Bay, Columbia (Twice)
What to Expect
The world. Really, it depends on their seeding (as it does with everyone else). What you shouldn’t do, however, is count them out just because they call the Ivy League home. Take the name of the school off the jersey and you wouldn’t think of this team as a program coming out of a one-bid league.
Wesley Saunders is a name to keep an eye on. The guard/forward (and junior), is averaging 14 points per game. Truth be told, that isn’t his ceiling as an offensive weapon. Saunders, twice, scored 25 points in a game during the season. He also scored 20 against a very good Green Bay team.
Some are starting to whisper about Tommy Amaker getting another shot at a major program. Selfishly, I hope he stays with the Harvard Crimson and keeps this program being a legit team in March, a regular thing. Following his story, as it will surely shine brighter the deeper Harvard goes in the tournament, is worth your eyeballs’ attention alone. Not to mention it is Harvard basketball being, you know, really good.
Congratulations to the Harvard Crimson. They are going dancing in the NCAA Tournament!