SALT LAKE CITY--After their upset win over the New Mexico Lobos Thursday, the Harvard Crimson Men's Basketball team returns to 95.3 FM WHRB for the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 23rd. WHRB’s coverage begins with an extended edition of the Harvard Crimson Pregame show at 5:45 PM EST, leading into the opening tip at 6:10 PM EST. Charlie Hobbs (PbP), Brecka Fetzer (Color), and Ben Zauzmer (Color) will be live from EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City with the call.
The Crimson will face off against the number 6-seeded Arizona Wildcats for the chance to advance to play in the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles, California. The Wildcats, who were at one point mid-season ranked number three in the nation, defeated the Belmont Bruins 81-64 in their second-round contest. Arizona was led in part by senior guard Mark Lyons, who shot 8-15 from the floor (3-7 from three) and 4-5 from the charity stripe, tallying 23 points.
Lyons, a Wildcat stalwart who averaged 15.0 points per game in the regular season, is part of a top three of double digit scorers for Arizona that includes 6’7 senior forward Solomon Hill (13.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG) and sophomore guard Nick Johnson (11.7 PPG, 3.2 APG). Kaleb Johnson, a 7’0 freshman, adds considerable size to the Wildcat starting five, and was a big contributor to Arizona’s 44-18 rebounding advantage over Belmont Thursday afternoon.
“As the game wore on we really got the ball inside, and as we got the ball inside a lot of good things followed,” said Arizona Coach Sean Miller of his squad’s effort against Belmont. “I think that shows the level of effort that we played with and whether it was defensive or offensive rebounding taking advantage of our strengths versus [undersized] Belmont.”