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Friday News:

Friday, March 22
(15) Florida Gulf Coast vs. (2) Georgetown
NCAA - 6:50 pm ET - TBS

Saturday, March 23
(14) Harvard vs. (6) Arizona
NCAA - 6:10 pm ET - TNT

Monday, March 25
Richmond vs. Wright State
CBI - 7:00 pm ET

Princeton recruit Steven Cook took home First Team All-Area status from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Future Tiger Amir Bell was named Second Team All-Area by the Home News Tribune.

Chris Young threw five shutout innings for Washington, which could serve significant as Young's opt-out clause kicks in on Sunday.

Greed is good for Kareem Maddox.

Denver (22-10) was running circles around Maryland in the NIT, leading 48-39 with less than nine minutes remaining. A flagrant elbow on the Pioneers combined with the Terrapins switching to a smaller lineup down the stretch led to a game-closing 23-4 run. Joe Scott's team fell 62-52, concluding their season.

Georgetown is looking to end recent tournament woes, beginning with tonight's contest versus Florida Gulf Coast.

Around the Ivy League: Harvard (20-9 / 11-3) did it. The Crimson surprised New Mexico 68-62 in the NCAA Tournament behind four starters in double figures, the school's first postseason victory. Watch the final seconds here.

George Clark said,

March 22, 2013 @ 11:29 am

The Crimson surprised the basketball world. Although this game des not register as high as high as UCLA on the tournament shockers list, I am sure Harvard will disagree. Right now, all over America, college coaches are heading to middle school playgrounds, adrenaline pumping, their pockets filled with bubblegum...The next superstar awaits...

Jon Solomon said,

March 22, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

Can't believe I am going to admit this publicly, but since I wrote similarly elsewhere...

I am no fan of Harvard's basketball team, but at the end of the game I was surprised to find I was pulling for them to pull it out!

New Mexico's total lack of basic respect for their competition (they played as if they felt the outcome was predetermined, choosing their shots accordingly) and disregard for a basic scouting report on Laurent Rivard's tendencies made them completely undeserving of victory.

When the final buzzer sounded I couldn't help but laugh audibly. What seemed like the worst possible three seed for the Crimson turned out to be the best imaginable.

The better team both offensively and defensively on this evening won. Well-deserved.


Steven Postrel said,

March 22, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

Exactly right about Harvard-UNM. The Lobos richly deserved that loss, from the coaches to the players, while Harvard did what it had to--the only things it could do, in fact, and it paid off.

Meanwhile, I'm watching Georgetown melt down mentally against FGCU. I love JTIII, but he has got to do a better job of getting his team ready to play free and easy in the NCAAs.

Steven Postrel said,

March 22, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

The DU game was frustrating. I thought the flagrant was absurd, since the player's elbow was below his shoulder, he was bent at the waist, and he didn't hit the other guy above the chest. It turned the game. The small lineup Maryland went to was a factor, but without the flagrant I think Denver would have had it, despite atypically poor FT and three-point shooting. It was fun to watch the Pioneers befuddle the larger Terps for most of the game, though.

Stuart Schulman said,

March 22, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

So if Arizona reads the scouting report on Rivard and defends accordingly, do the Crimson have a chance?

richard woodward said,

March 23, 2013 @ 12:17 am

Answer to Stuart: if Harvard plays as well as they did against UNM, they definitely could win. Living on the West Coast, I see a lot of Pac 12 games, and in my opinion, it's a weak league this year, and Arizona can be beat.

Steven Postrel said,

March 23, 2013 @ 2:22 am

Harvard had a quickness edge at three out of five positions against UNM, but was smaller and weaker. I haven't watched Zona that much, but they look more like a speedy, athletic team with good size and a questionable attention span. Don't know if their half-court D will hold up for 35 seconds, but if Harvard turns it over it will get ugly.

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