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March Madness 2012: Harvard Basketball Path to March Madness

Harvard earned a No. 12 seed in the East region by winning the Ivy League regular season title.

For the second straight year, the Harvard Crimson finished their regular season and then became onlookers while another team handled their fate. This time, the Crimson are finally dancing as the No. 12 seed in the East region.

Harvard earned an NCAA tournament berth for the first time since 1946 by winning the Ivy League regular season title (the Ivy League is the lone remaining Division 1 league without a conference tournament). The Crimson concluded a 12-2 regular season and then officially advanced to March Madness when Penn, which could have tied Harvard with a win, lost on the season's final day.

Harvard watched last season as Princeton won its final regular season contest to force a one-game playoff for the Ivy League conference title, then lost to Princeton 63-62 on the Tigers' final possession in the playoff.

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