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March Madness 2013: Is Harvard the next 'Cinderella'?

The Crimson defeated third-seeded New Mexico Thursday night in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. They now face sixth-seeded Arizona on Saturday. The tournament is being telecast by TruTV, TBS, TNT and CBS. 


Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker celebrates after his team defeated New Mexico New Mexico 68-62 during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City Thursday, March 21, 2013.

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Each year, March Madness enthusiasts look for the next “Cinderella” – a low-seeded team that might conceivably make a deep run.

Gonzaga, Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason and Butler have previously claimed that role. Now, with 14th seed Harvard’s 68-62 victory over third-seeded New Mexico Thursday night – their first victory ever in the 75 years of the men’s tournament – it would appear a new team may be ready to slide on a glass slipper.

It was originally thought that a team like 12th seeded Bucknell, who eight years ago felled the third-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in their first-round game, might be primed for a run. But after coming up short yesterday against Butler, 68-56, they were relegated to the role of spectator.

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Harvard is appearing in only their third NCAA March classic since 1946. After taking a four-point lead into the locker room at the half, they were not ready to fold against the bigger and more athletic Lobos.


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