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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Harvard Is 12-Seed, Will Face Vanderbilt On Thursday

Harvard has earned a 12-seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will face 5th seeded Vanderbilt in their first game.

Mar. 2, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Harvard Crimson guard Brandyn Curry (10) dribbles the ball as Columbia Lions guard Meiko Lyles (22) gives chase during the first half at Levien Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Mar. 2, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Harvard Crimson guard Brandyn Curry (10) dribbles the ball as Columbia Lions guard Meiko Lyles (22) gives chase during the first half at Levien Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket and field has been announced, and the Harvard Crimson will receive a 12-seed in the East region. The Crimson's first opponent will be the 5th seeded Vanderbilt Commodores and they will play on Thursday at Albuquerque, NM. If the Crimson wins its first matchup, it will face the winner of No. 4 seed Wisconsin and No. 13 seed Montana on March 17.

The Harvard Crimson earned the 12-seed by winning the Ivy League with a 12-2 conference record. The Crimson avoided a one-game playoff with Penn when the Quakers lost to Princeton in their regular-season finale, giving Harvard the outright Ivy League crown. This will mark the first NCAA tournament for Harvard since 1946.

Here's a look at the East Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket:

No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 16 UNC Asheville, Thursday

No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 Southern Miss, Thursday

No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Harvard, Thursday

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Montana, Thursday

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Loyola (MD), Thursday

No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West Virginia, Thursday

No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 St. Bonaventure, Friday

No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Texas, Friday

For more on Harvard, visit our team page. For more coverage of Harvard in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit SB Nation Boston's STORYSTREAM. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012.