The Harvard men's basketball team gathered to watch the NCAA tournament selection show in History Hall (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball received a 14 seed to the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament and will face Mountain West Champion, three-seed New Mexico in the second round, marking the first time in program history that the Crimson will take part in March Madness in back-to-back seasons. The two teams will meet for the first time ever in the 75th rendition of March Madness, with the tipoff taking place at the Energy Solutions Arena, home of the Utah Jazz, on Thursday, March 21, at 9:50 p.m. EST in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Crimson earned its bid by capturing a third straight Ivy League title, behind a 19-9 overall and 11-3 conference record. Harvard defeated Columbia and Cornell on the final weekend of the regular season to claim the league crown outright for the second straight year. The Crimson went 13-1 at home, 6-8 in road contests and has yet to play a neutral-site game this season.
Harvard is the only school from New England to have advanced to the NCAA tournament.
New Mexico received its ticket following a 29-5 season in the Mountain West conference. The Lobos were ranked as high as No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches poll this season.
Harvard will compete in the West Region, with third round action taking place on March 23-24. The winner of Thursday's showdown will meet either Arizona (25-7) or Belmont (26-6) in the third round on March 23.
This will be Harvard's third trip to the dance in program history. The Crimson, which heard its named called as part of the NCAA tournament field for the second time since 1946, is searching for its first postseason victory after falling to Vanderbilt, 79-70, last year.
The West Region semifinals and championship will be played in, March 28 and 30, in Los Angeles. Second- and third-round ticket information will be available on GoCrimson.com later this week.