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Harvard Draws New Mexico, Trip to Salt Lake City for NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Second Round

Harvard Draws New Mexico, Trip to Salt Lake City for NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Second Round


Portions courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

INDIANAPOLIS -- Harvard received a No. 14 seed to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and will face No. 3 seed and Mountain West Conference Champion New Mexico in a West Region second-round game, marking the first time in program history that the Crimson will take part in the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons.

The two teams will meet for the first time ever in 75th rendition of March Madness on Thursday, March 21, in Salt Lake City. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:50 p.m. on TNT with the broadcast team of Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb and Jaime Maggio calling the action from EnergySolutions Arena.

The winner of Thursday's showdown will meet either No. 6 Arizona (25-7) or No. 11 Belmont (26-6) in the third round on Saturday, March 23.

The Crimson earned its bid by capturing a third-straight Ivy League title, behind a 19-9 overall and 11-3 conference record. Harvard defeated Columbia and Cornell on the final weekend of the regular season to claim the league crown outright for the second straight year. The Crimson went 13-1 at home, 6-8 in road contests and has yet to play a neutral-site game this season.

New Mexico received its ticket following a 29-5 season in the Mountain West. The Lobos were ranked as high as No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll this season. New Mexico, a five seed in 2012, lost to Long Beach State in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

This will be Harvard's third trip to the Big Dance in program history. The Crimson, which heard its named called as part of the NCAA Tournament field for the second time since 1946, is searching for its first postseason victory after falling to Vanderbilt, 79-70, last year.

Harvard is making the 70th NCAA Tournament appearance for an Ivy League team and 56th for the League since its first official season (1956-57). Since 1939, Ivy League teams have combined for a 40-79 (.336) record in 69 appearances. Since 1957, the Ivy League has a 31-59 (.344) record in 55 appearances.