There 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.