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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Harvard Seeded 12th, Heads to Albuquerque to Face Vanderbilt

by Scott Reed
WHRB Sports

Harvard will be playing the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Thoughts:

-12th seed seems a bit low, but is in line with the seeds that Ivy teams have received in the past. 12th-seeded Cornell went to the Sweet Sixteen in 2010.

-Vanderbilt is hot, coming off of a big win over Kentucky in the SEC Tournament championship.

-John Jenkins for Vanderbilt is a player. He averages 20 points per game and shoots 48.5% from behind the three-point arc.

-The Crimson must defend the 3-point line. Vanderbilt shoots 39.1% from three are led by Jenkins in that respect. Guard Jeffrey Taylor shoots 43%.

-Harvard has a chance to beat the ACC Tournament Champions (FSU back in November) and the SEC Tournament Champions (Vanderbilt).

-Wisconsin would be a decent second-round draw for Harvard if the Crimson can get by Vanderbilt. The Badgers play at Harvard's pace and there is not the raw talent gap that other four seeds present. Cornell beat 4th-seeded Wisconsin to reach the Sweet Sixteen in 2010.

-Albuquerque is a fun, new destination for the Harvard Crimson. "The Pit" is an outstanding arena.

- And of course, WHRB will be there to cover it on 95.3FM!

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