Why Harvard’s upset of Cincinnati wasn’t surprising to anyone

Shayn Roby’s Take: Although it was not a total surprise, perhaps a Facebook post sent by me to Dan Cronin, brother of Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin was rather ironic, perhaps even a kiss of death:

Shayn Wallace Roby posted to‎Dan Cronin

March 16
The bad news is Cincinnati is going up against some of the brightest minds in the world. The good news is it is in basketball and not the academic quiz bowl. I wish you guys the best of luck in this year’s edition of #MarchMadness.

For The Win

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Harvard upsetting Cincinnati is one of those stories that in previous years should have been an example of what made March Madness great: An Ivy League school known more for its brains than its basketball upsetting one of the traditionally successful programs.

But that would be forgetting what Harvard basketball has done and become since Tommy Amaker arrived. This is the Crimson’s third-straight trip to the Big Dance and second-straight trip to the round of 32. Last year, they upset New Mexico, a three-seed. “As a result of what happened last year in the tournament, we’re not going to be surprising anybody anymore,” Harvard guard Wesley Saunders told Bloomberg News before the tournament.

Nor should they. Harvard dominated the Ivy League this year and Amaker, who was hired in part for his incredible recruiting skills, has shown that he is capable of wooing players to…

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