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Harvard Handed No. 12 Seed, to Face Vanderbilt in the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship

Harvard's Keith Wright
Harvard's Keith Wright

2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Bracket

Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communcations

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard men's basketball team was awarded a No. 12 seed in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on No. 5 Vanderbilt in the second round, the NCAA announced Sunday.

The Crimson and Commodores will play Thursday, March 15 at 4:40 p.m. on TNT. Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst) and Jamie Maggio (sideline report) will call the action with the winner set to face either No. 4 Wisconsin or No. 13 Montana.

Harvard, which heard its named called as part of the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 1946, has set a school record with 26 victories this season. The Crimson was awarded the Ivy League's automatic bid by winning the Ancient Eight's regular season title with a 12-2 record, one game ahead of Penn's 11-3 mark. This will be Harvard's second trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history.

The Crimson won its second consecutive Ivy League title and first outright crown. Harvard went 11-1 at home, 12-3 in road contests and 3-0 in neutral games. The Crimson earned the first national ranking in program history, reaching as high as No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 22 in the Associated Press Poll.

The NCAA Tournament will be the second bracket that Harvard will take part in this season as the Crimson won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas in November. Harvard downed Utah, Florida State and Central Florida along the way to claim the first Battle 4 Atlantis title. The Crimson opened the season 8-0 and won nine straight games from Jan. 7-Feb. 10 to improve to 21-2 overall, marking the best start in program history.

On March 3, Harvard clinched its second-consecutive Ivy League title by winning on the road at Cornell by a score of 67-63. The Crimson earned a share of last season's Ivy League crown.

The Crimson's second-round game will be played in the East Region bracket. The East Region's semifinals and championship will be played in Boston March 22-24.