The Harvard Crimson have qualified for their second-straight NCAA tournament appearance after a 66-year absence, and three bracketology experts from across the Internet each picked the Crimson to be called as a No. 14 seed on Selection Sunday.
Dobbertean matched Harvard up in the first round with the Miami Hurricanes in the Lexington pod. Lunardi put the Crimson against the Michigan State Spartans in the Auburn Hills pod, a de facto home game for the Spartans. And Palm has Harvard in the Austin pod against the New Mexico Lobos.
Harvard was the Ivy League co-champion in 2011 but lost a one-game playoff to the Princeton Tigers for the Ivy League's automatic NCAA tournament berth (the Ivy League does not have a conference tournament). In its first appearance in the Big Dance since 1946, Harvard lost in last year's round of 64 to the Vanderbilt Commodores 79-70.
The Long Island U. Blackbirds earned the Northeast Conference's automatic berth with a 91-70 win over Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday. Lunardi projected the Blackbirds as a No. 16 seed up against No. 1 Gonzaga.