Harvard becomes first school to punch ticket to the Big Dance

For 46 years, the Harvard Crimson were the perennial doormats in the Ivy League–first in academics, but last in basketball.

Not anymore.

Four straight Ivy League titles and on Friday night, they did just enough offensively and saw Yale choke big time from the field in a 70-58 decision on Yale’s campus.  Harvard earned their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  More than likely, they will end up getting another double-digit seed but it depends on how the brackets shake down eight days from now.

AUTOMATIC BIDS DECIDED TODAY:  1

The Ohio Valley title game is at 7 p.m. Eastern time from Nashville, pitting Belmont and Eastern Kentucky on ESPN2.

Other tournaments of note:

Besides the Missouri Valley, in what some people are loosely labeling as the Wichita State Invitational,

there are other games to take note:

Full slate of games in the MAAC (best to Google the campus radio sites, since the conference site charges people to pay for streaming video similar to what is seen on most adult porn sites):

1 p.m. Eastern, Iona vs. Rider

3:30 p.m. Canisius vs. Siena

7:30 p.m. Manhattan vs. St. Peter’s

10 p.m. Quinnipiac vs. Niagara (who upset 6 seed Marist on Thursday night, 78-76)

CAA has four quarterfinals, and the Southern Conference is in the quarterfinal round:

1 p.m.  1. Davidson/8. Samford

3:30 p.m. 4. Elon/5. Eastern Carolina

7 p.m. 2. UT Chattanooga/7. Georgia Southern

9 p.m. 3. Wofford/11. The Citadel (who upset 6 seeded UNC Greensboro, 86-76)

Also worth taking a peek, the West Coast Conference resumes with quarterfinal action and the Summit Conference begins in South Dakota–at 7 p.m. with the battle of the medical schools:

2. IPFW (Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne)/7. IUPUI (Indiana University/Purdue University of Indianapolis).

The other quarterfinals will be on Sunday night.

The Patriot League resumes online with two semifinal games, late in the afternoon.

Finally, the always fun America East tournament begins with quarterfinal action–all games on ESPN3:

noon Eastern–1. Vermont/8. New Hampshire

3:30 p.m.–4. Albany/5. UMBC

7 p.m.–2. Stony Brook/7. Maine

9:30 p.m.–3. Hartford/6. Binghamton

Among the big schools, some games to monitor include:
Kentucky at Florida, 1 p.m. Eastern on CBS.  Same thing I said last week, as the Gators look to lock up the overall number 1 seed.  Last major chance for UK to see any glimmers of an at-large berth.

North Carolina at Duke, 9 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.  UNC is on a real roll, winning their last 12 ACC games.  Duke looks for revenge, with a small outside chance of locking down a #2 seed.

Enjoy the games.  I will try my best to update the games, especially if there are upsets.

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