The #14 seed Harvard Crimson must have been unaware they were ten point underdogs, while the #3 seed New Mexico Lobos appeared to have seen the point spread and figured they could cruise in this one. Not so much.
The Crimson outshot the Lobos 52% to 37% (44% vs. 21% from three point land), which was enough to make up for the fact they were heavily outsized and out-rebounded (the Lobos had 14 more shot attempts). Of the four Harvard players to score into double digits, Wesley Saunders led the way with 18 points and Laurent Rivard shot lights out from long range, going 5-9 from distance and scoring 17 points.
Numbers are numbers, but the truth of the matter is anyone who watched the game will know that Harvard simply wanted it more while New Mexico took their position as one of the biggest favorites on Thursday for granted. The result is Harvard will face Arizona for the opportunity to play in the sweet 16 while New Mexico exits early in the biggest upset of the tournament so far and likely one of the biggest of the Madness overall.
Arizona plays Harvard at 3:10 (AZ time) on Saturday.