Monday, December 9, 2013
The Associated Press
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Harvard players celebrate on the bench after beating New Mexico during a second round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City Thursday, March 21, 2013. Harvard beat New Mexico 68-62. (AP Photo/George Frey)
The chances of a repeat were said to be doomed when Harvard's senior co-captains withdrew from school last fall in the wake of a plagiarism investigation. But senior Christian Webster, who played little last year, and freshman Siyani Chambers emerged to lead the Crimson to a third straight Ivy title.
Harvard was such an underdog that only 4.5 percent of the more than 3 million brackets collected by Yahoo Sports picked Harvard to beat New Mexico. But the Crimson pulled off the biggest surprise tournament so far, knocking out the Mountain West champions and earning the school's first-ever victory over a team ranked in The Associated Press Top 10.
"They had a rough year, losing the two team captains and relying a lot on freshmen and sophomore players," said Lin, who graduated in 2010 and never made it to the NCAAs. "It's just pretty cool."
And maybe now Harvard is, too.
"You could tell, even last night, just everyone saying 'nerd, geek, whatever, whatever, whatever,'" Lin said. "All that stuff, they keep saying it and, yeah, it's a joke. But I think eventually people will realize that even though you go to Harvard, you can still hoop."