harvard new mexico ncaa tournament Harvard beats New Mexico in biggest upset of 2013 March Madness day oneThere weren’t too many upsets on the first day of the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but there was a pretty big one in the late-night set of games.

In its first ever NCAA tournament win, the 14-seed Harvard Crimson upset the 3-seed New Mexico Lobos to advance to the round of 32 in the West Region of the tournament. With two minutes left to play, Harvard took an eight-point lead and never looked back, hitting their free throws down the stretch to win 68-62.

The last time the Ivy League representative won its first round game was in 2010, when Cornell upset Temple in a 12-5 game.

This Harvard-New Mexico game was a match-up of two former Big Ten coaches — Harvard’s Tommy Amaker was previously at Michigan, while New Mexico’s Steve Alford was formerly at Iowa. In fact, this is not Alford’s first round NCAA defeat as a 3-seed. His Hawkeyes lost to 14-seed Northwestern State in 2006 and it happened to him as a player at Indiana in 1986, when the Hoosiers lost to Cleveland State.

Harvard’s win was only the 17th time a 14 seed has defeated a 3 seed.