Harvard University’s men’s basketball team will have to wait another year to attain NCAA glory, as Vanderbilt University defeated the Crimson on Thursday in the first-round of the 2012 March Madness tournament, 79-70.
The Commodores earned a 33-22 advantage at the break, and then netted an additional 46 points in the second frame to secure the win, as well as a second round matchup against Wisconsin.
The Crimson kept things close following the opening tap, but senior JefferyTaylor‘slayup at 4:06 in the first half provided the necessary spark for the Commodores to finish the opening session on an 11-3 run. Vanderbilt then extended its lead to 15 midway through the second frame, which provided them a lead they never relinquished for the remainder of the game.
Harvard was led by sophomore Laurent Rivard, who registered 20 points, while junior John Jenkins paced Vanderbilt with a game-high 27 points.
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* For the first time since 1946, Harvard University’s men’s basketball team will be headed to the “big dance,” as the Crimson earned an automatic bid on Tuesday when Princeton defeated Penn, 62-52. The March Madness brackets will be released on Sunday, Mar. 11.
Friday’s contest against Princeton University is a big one for Tommy Amaker’s Harvard University Crimson basketball team, who needs a win against the Tigers as well as a victory on Saturday against University of Pennsylvania to clinch a share of the Ancient Eight, (Ivy League).
“Obviously [they were] our last loss, and they’ve been an outstanding team and program in this league forever, and they’re always going to have a swagger about who they are,” said Amaker. “We’ve always had our hands full as we all know, so we’ll try to prepare as well as we can, and see if we can stay healthy, [but overall] we’ll be ready to go for [Friday].”
Princeton defeated Harvard a few weeks ago, and extended a 23-game losing streak for the Crimson in Tiger territory.
Although, excluding that particular loss, this weekend is very important for both squads, especially the men in orange and black, who’re still in contention to secure their second consecutive conference crown.
The Tigers currently reside in fourth place with 15-10 overall record and 6-3 in conference play, while Harvard remains the top squad at 23-3 and 9-1 in the league.
The Crimson earned two critical wins last weekend against Brown University and Yale University, and certainly seems determined to close out their schedule with four more wins. If Harvard can extend its current winning streak to six games, then they’d finish the season 27-3 overall, and most likely enter the NCAA tournament as a No. 10 seed.
Noontime Sports will be at Lavietes Pavilion on Friday for the Harvard-Princeton showdown, and will be providing updates on Twitter @NoontimeSports.