You would think with 68 teams making the NCAA Basketball Tournament each season, no one would have to wait 66 years between trips to the Big Dance. But lo and behold, Harvard basketball found itself mired in a serious drought. But with UPenn’s loss on Tuesday to Princeton, the Harvard Crimson won their first Ivy League title since 1946! I remember the despair last year when Harvard lost a tie-breaking game to Princeton, but now there’s no need for any late season heroics. The Crimson are dancing! Between the NCAA Tournament and Jeremy Lin, this might be the best two months in Harvard basketball history.
Tuesday also marked a special day for many as several smaller schools punched their ticket to postseason play. I’ve been impressed with the performances of some of these schools and it’ll be fun to root for these underdogs during March Madness. Now as the week progresses and the bigger conferences start their postseason tournaments, it’ll be interesting to see how they all play out.
I also want to tip my hat to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, a team that has been playing Division I basketball for only four full seasons. They beat Western Illinois to win the Summit League Tournament to earn their first ever trip into March Madness. With that win, the state of South Dakota gets off a pretty notorious list as now Maine and Alaska are the only two states that have never sent a school to the Tournament. Congratulations to the Jackrabbits!
And remember, for any Crimson or Jackrabbits fans looking to catch their team in action, StubHub will have tickets for all the tournament games available as soon as they are announced on Sunday.