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NCAA Bracket 2012: Harvard To Play Vanderbilt In First Game

After landing the No. 12 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Harvard Crimson will be playing 5th-seeded Vanderbilt to kick things off in their first game on March 15. The Crimson received an automatic bid after winning the Ivy League with a 12-2 record during the regular season.

The Vanderbilt Commodores (24-10, 10-6 SEC) got the No. 5 seed after shocking the No. 1 team in the country in Kentucky, 71-64, in the championship game of the SEC Tournament. The win gave Vandy the SEC's autobid into the NCAA Tournament. Jeffery Taylor led the Commodores past the Wildcats with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the game. John Jenkins led Vandy in scoring during the regular season with 20 points per game. Taylor scored 16.3 points per game during the regular season. Festus Ezeli (6-11, 255) is a big presence inside for the Commodores who averages nearly 10 points and two blocks per game.

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