Harvard will be appearing in March Madness for a third consecutive year after winning a fourth straight Ivy League title (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball team will hear its name announced among the NCAA tournament field for a third consecutive year when the bracket is revealed during the CBS Selection Show this Sunday, March 16 at 6 p.m. As part of the celebration, the Crimson is inviting all members of the Harvard community to join the team for a viewing party in the Murr Center's Hall of History.
Harvard became the first team in the nation to punch its NCAA tournament ticket last Friday when it defeated Yale in New Haven, 70-58. The Crimson had clinched a share of its fourth straight Ivy League championship the previous Saturday with an 80-47 win over Columbia, and secured the title outright with the victory versus the Eli.
Harvard will enter the tournament with momentum on its side, having won each of its last eight games with six of those victories coming by double-digits. The Crimson has posted a 26-4 record overall to match the highest win total in program history, and finished Ivy League play with a school record 13-1 mark. Harvard captured the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout championship along the way, went 11-1 on its home floor, and completed the Ancient Eight schedule with a perfect 7-0 road record for the first time in program history.
Harvard is the first team to win four straight Ivy League championships since Penn did so from 1993-96, and is the first program in the conference to post five consecutive 20-win seasons since Penn did it a record six times from 1970-75.
One of the keys to the team's success this season has been its offensive balance, as all five starters average in double-digits with a sixth contributing more than 9.0 ppg. Junior Wesley Saunders leads the way at 14.0 ppg, with sophomore Siyani Chambers chipping in 11.1 ppg. Steve Moundou-Missi (10.5), Kyle Casey (10.0) and Laurent Rivard (10.0) have each added at least 10.0 points per contest to go with 9.3 ppg from Brandyn Curry.
Harvard's defense has also been a strength, as the Crimson ranks 13th in the NCAA in points allowed (60.5) and is ninth in the country in scoring margin (+13.1). Opponents have shot just 40.7 percent from the field and 32.0 percent from three-point range, both the lowest totals under seventh-year head coach Tommy Amaker.