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Mar 21, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; The Harvard Crimson team huddle before the game against the New Mexico Lobos during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

March Madness Upset: Harvard Stuns New Mexico 68-62

Harvard had never won a March Madness appearance in the history of the school’s basketball program — until Thursday night against the 3-seed New Mexico Lobos. Every year we look forward to potential upsets to see which lower seeded team will become possessed by something special and make waves in the brackets. Millions of those brackets just got busted as the New Mexico Lobos, favored to make a deep run in the tournament, have been upset by Harvard in historic fashion.

Four Harvard players finished in double digit scoring as the Crimson ran away with the game near the end, keeping their distance from the Lobos despite some serious drama in the closing seconds. With a four point lead with under 0:45 seconds left in the game, Harvard was forced to take their final timeout of the game after failing to inbound the ball.

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This set up a scenario where the Lobos were down for the count, but held onto serious hope that they could pull out a win and avoid the embarrassing upset. No one in their right mind picked the Harvard Crimson to emerge from their matchup  against the heavily favored darlings of the tournament, New Mexico. The Lobos were high on many analysts lists and numerous college basketball experts had the Lobos as a team to make a deep run in the West region but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Instead, history was made on the other side of the court as the Crimson won their first ever NCAA Tournament game in the history of the program. They had a tough road ahead of them, and it’s unlikely that they’ll make it past No. 6 Arizona, but the Wildcats aren’t the toughest of teams in the tournament, and we all counted Harvard out once, a mistake people will think twice upon from here on out.

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