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NCAA Bracket 2012 Predictions: Harvard An Upset Candidate In East Region

Rarely is the Ivy League conference champion a popular pick to upset the SEC tournament champions, but the Harvard Crimson are not your average Ivy League champ.

Harvard spent a lot of time this season in the top 25, and the Crimson's first-round opponent, the Vanderbilt Commodores are a streaky team capable of great feats (upsetting Kentucky in the SEC tournament championship) or lowly disappointments (a 61-55 loss to Indiana State, which finished under .500 in the Missouri Valley Conference).

With that in mind, SB Nation's Bill Connelly picks the No. 12 seed Crimson to win a first-round upset in his NCAA Bracket Predictions 2012. Connelly predicts the Crimson to fall to No. 4 seed Wisconsin in round two of the East region, with No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Florida State and No. 8 Kansas State joining Wisconsin in Connelly's sweet sixteen.

Yes, that means Connelly chose Syracuse to be knocked off in round two.

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