Saturday, March 12, 2011

VIDEO: Princeton earns the Ivy's autobid at the buzzer

You want to know what college basketball is all about?

Harvard and Princeton.

In the third head-to-head matchup, the Tigers and the Crimson headed to Yale's Lee Coliseum to play what amounted to the Ivy League Championship game. The gym was electric, with both schools sending a huge contingent of students. The crowd was split down the middle, with half the gym decked out in Orange and the other half in Crimson.

Harvard's Brandyn Curry scored on a tough layup in the paint with 12 seconds left to give Harvard a 62-61 lead. After Princeton had a shot blocked out of bounds with 2.8 seconds left, head coach Sydney Johnson called a timeout setting up the final possession:

So thanks to Douglas Davis, the Tigers, who were a loss to Penn on March 5th away from being eliminated from contention, are headed to the NCAA Tournament with the 63-62 win.

You want an idea of the kind of atmosphere that was in the gym? Neutral floor court storm:

(h/t some bum at CBS for the photo)

The question that must be asked now is whether or not Harvard can actually sneak into the NCAA Tournament. Its more of a possibility than you may think. The Crimson have beated Boston College and Colorado this season. They went on the road to play teams like Michigan and George Mason during the non-conference portion of their schedule. They have an RPI of 32.

More importantly, however, this is a team that, if they were able to land a 12 seed, can win a game in the NCAA Tournament. They have a front line that can match up with a high-major front line in Keith Wright and Kyle Casey. Their backcourt is a solid combination of shooters, athletes, and play makers.

Based on the rest of the bubble, the chances of Harvard getting in is fairly small.

Count me among the group that wants to see the Crimson get a chance.

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