Harvard wins first tourney game ever in massive upset of No. 3 Lobos

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

SALT LAKE CITY -- The oldest university in the United States just got its first NCAA tournament win -- ever.

The only bit of bad news is this probably means Mark Zuckerberg is winning his bracket pool right now.

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But here's the deal, folks. Harvard is on top of the college hoops world until the Friday games tip. The No. 14 Crimson delivered what might go down as the biggest upset of this tournament with a 68-62 win against third-seeded New Mexico late Thursday night at Energy Solutions Arena.

This one's a shocker. Harvard's year was/is supposed to be next season. That's when the team returns almost everyone back to the roster, plus bring in a top-75 recruit and another one in the top 200. And Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry will return after academic suspension.

Funny how sports works. This was the quintessential upset that almost nobody had. New Mexico had rights and a claim to a No. 2 seed, yet it got picked off. This was the only upset Thursday provided us, and what a special scene it was on the court once it was over. Chills!

UNM coach Steve Alford, who signed a restructured, lucrative 10-year deal earlier this week, is now 5-7 in the NCAA tournament and has never reached the second weekend. He's been a victim in this situation before, losing as coach of No. 3 Iowa to Northwestern State in 2006.

Read my extended take on the weight of this win.

 
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