SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — When Tommy Amaker started at Harvard, his goal was to build a basketball program worthy of the school name.
Harvard, the No. 12 seed in the East, gets another chance at bringing attention to its improving program when it faces No. 5 seed Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Between Harvard’s first tournament win in school history last year, and a third straight Ivy League title this season, the Crimson (26-4) are getting plenty of time in the spotlight.
Cincinnati (27-6) appears forgotten with the attention being heaped on Harvard. Sean Kilpatrick was one of the top scorers in the country, leading Cincinnati to a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title. Yet, the Bearcats continue to hear how they are the popular choice for the seemingly annual upset pulled by a No. 12 seed.