Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 10:01 am  |  15 responses

Harvard Grabs First NCAA Tournament Bid Since 1946

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

A Princeton victory over Penn on Tuesday night gave Harvard its first NCAA tournament bid in 66 years. With no Ivy League tournament, the Crimson’s 12-2 conference record was one game better than the Quakers.

Harvard is now on its way to its second NCAA tournament ever. The last time the Crimson played in the tournament, it lost to New York University, which is now a Division III program.

Much of Harvard’s success is credited to head coach Tommy Amaker. The former head coach at Seton Hall and Michigan, Amaker has boosted the Crimson into a perennial Ivy League threat with better recruiting. His most notable recruit is current New York Knicks guard, Jeremy Lin.

While Amaker was proud of getting the bid, he doesn’t think that’s all his team wants to accomplish this season.

From The Boston Globe:

“We had a vision about this school when we came here that this could be a special opportunity,’’ said Amaker. “Harvard has so much greatness all over. We still have a long road ahead of us.’’

Harvard will now wait until Selection Sunday to learn who it will face in the NCAA tournament.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    someone will probably find a way to give lin all the credit for this


    I wouldn’t put it past Harvard making it to the Sweet 16.

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    Jeremy Tebow magic lol

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nicely done, Jeremy! Woooooooo!

  • toinefan88

    jeremy lin

  • toinefan88

    jeremy lin

  • jpm34

    Congrats Harvard, but they will be one and out, and an excuse for everyone to talk or write about Lin. Even though he’s been gone TWO years now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/03/deshawn-stevenson-lebron-didn%e2%80%99t-play-like-he-should-have-played-in-nba-finals/ bike

    Harvard’s actually pretty good. Cinderella baby!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    To bad mr Lin couldn’t lead them that far. Considering according to some people he makes the Knicks contenders. Bhahaha


    nbk is not very “grounded” today. Perhaps he woke up on the wrong side of the couch this morning.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    IAMORANGE4EVER Posted: Mar.6 at 4:41 pm
    “It’s good to be the Knicks right now. The money is just pouring into the franchise. The team is a contender.”
    Seem pretty grounded to me.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh and you calling people out about being grounded, or a troll, or having delusions of grandeur is hilarious. I mean, seriously dude, i am totally sick of you and your stupid ass point of view. So i’m just going to do to you what you do to all of us, except what i’m going to continually say to you will be rational, and accurate.

  • Waggle

    So wtf? Lin couldn’t take them to the tourney in any of the 4 years that he was ther???! Wtf not? !


    Must be that time…

  • Jaap

    Does anyone know what the intellectual requirements for these Ivy League athletes are? Lin doesn’t come across as a super-genius, of course he’s far from a dummy but he doesn’t seem that eloquent in his interviews ( no offense intended)…just curious