March Madness Harvard Crimson shock New Mexico Lobos, 68-62 ... 2013 is on!
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Harvard
With the win, Harvard, who was not even picked to win the Ivy League this year, advanced to face Arizona in the third round on Saturday. The Wildcats defeated Belmont earlier in the evening.
New Mexico is changing its mascot from LOBOS to LOCOS in honor of March Madness 2013 insanity.
Bickety bam, a three seed is outtie!
Harvard's victory is even more astonishing when you consider this:
–The team’s two co-captains withdrew from school at the start of the year because of the school’s huge cheating scandal, which forced dozens of students to withdraw for two to four semesters. By withdrawing early rather than wait for the disciplinary committee to act, Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry likely preserved a year of eligibility next season.
–Harvard, like other Ivy League schools, gives no athletic scholarships. That may not be as big a drawback as it used to be, though, because Harvard has such a big endowment it can afford to pick up the entire tab for all students whose families earn less than $65,000.
Making up for these drawbacks is a fruit of the Bobby Knight/Mike Krzyzewski coaching tree. Fifth-year coachTommy Amaker is a former guard and assistant coach under Coach K at Duke and head coach at Michigan.
With his success in Cambridge, Amaker joins the short list of favorites to succeed Coach K when and if he retires.