With defensive anchor Fab Melo ineligible for the Syracuse Orange, armchair bracketologists around the country altered their brackets at the last minute. Was it the right move?
The hoops action is coming fast and furious in all corner of the country. Early on, Murray State topped Colorado State and Kansas State held off a feisty squad from Southern Mississippi. The winner of that game advances to face Syracuse. Unless, of course, UNC-Asheville can shock the world -- particularly upstate New York -- by becoming the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1.
Later on, we'll have live updates from the Vanderbilt-Harvard matchup. Can the Crimson make Jeremy Lin proud? Or Lintroduce the sensation to another Ivy League sensation?
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Harvard came with too little, too late. And goes down 79-70 to Vanderbilt, who advances.
McNally hits a jumper for Harvard to pull within 77-68. They're going to play this to the last second. Timeout Harvard with 25 seconds.
Harvard pressing after Curry goes 1-2 from the line. Rivard fouls Jenkins and he can put this one in the books. He makes the first..
McNally tries to save it and throw it off a Vandy player (after Curry lost it) but it drops right for Vandy. Free throws coming for Vandy. The lead is up to 73-65.
Harvard as the ball and faces a six-point deficit with 1:24 to play.
McNally wanted a charge but there was a foul first. Taylor on the line, looking to give Vandy some breathing room. He misses the first. But MAKES the second after a short stoppage to treat a cut on his arm.
Harvard gets a pair of free throws after an offensive foul by Ezeli. wow. It's a 13-3 run for Harvard. DEE-FENCE chants resounding through the Pit
Harvard has the spirit. Vandy has the lead. Everyone in the country has this game on (or is tuned in to a live blog).
Vanderbilt looks to run some clock and slow it down. Harvard coming fast and furious, thought. It's a 7-point game with 2 minutes!
Curry drops a floater in the lane and Harvard is within 9. We've got three and half to play.
Tinsley is whistled for a foul and Harvard's latest push is alive. Can they come all the way back with less than four minute remaining?
He's keeping the comeback hopes alive with another three-pointer against tight coverage. The French-Canadian sharpshooter has 20 of Harvard's 57 points.
|@ harvardcrimson : MBB: Vandy has missed 6 straight from deep but pulled down 10 of 24 total on O boards #GoCrimson|
|@ VandyMBB : TInsley stops the run with a nice driving layup. Ezeli then gets a block and dunk. 66-51 Vanderbilt|
He's back on the floor and he's making a difference. He follows a block at one end with a dunk at the other. The lead is back to 15 and we've got a TV timeout.
Harvard makes a few quick shots out of the timeout to pull within 11 out of the timeout.
Taylor throws down an emphatic slam on the break to cap a mini 4-0 run that pushes the lead to 18. Harvard calls time.
Rivard hits another free throw and the lead is trimmed again to 14 points, just like they have so many times during the half. We're down to about 8 minutes remaining. Is this the equilibrium?
After picking up a foul. Will Harvard try to attack interior while he's out?
He's got 10 boards and the latest offensive rebound leads to a Johnson drive for Vandy. The lead is now 16 and Vanderbilt seems to have found Rivard at the other end.
Jenkins hits the three (and then comes out for a rest). Harvard has the ball. Will someone other than Rivard step up? What happened to that attacking style early from Harvard?
Jenkins may have gone cold just now but Ezeli kept getting the offensive rebound for Vandy and getting it back to him. And, then, on the fourth jumper... it was GOOD! And a foul on Webster. We've got a TV timeout and perhaps the end of that brief run of Crimson momentum.
Webster gets an offensive board and then scores. Harvard energized and Vandy suddenly losing the target. Can Harvard capitalize?
Odom grabs the board offensive board for Vandy after a miss and puts it back in for 2. Harvard's solid defense on the possession for naught.
With a layup but then Harvard does the same. It's an 11-point game again. 51-40.
Harvard is back within 11, after he knocks down another (contested) three. He's 4 of 5 from the field.
Curry misses a three and Harvard is shooting 35% from three. Vandy, meanwhile, is making at 61%.
Vanderbilt has not missed a shot in the second half and we're about five minutes in. Wright sinks a free-throw distance jumper for Havard to get the deficit down to 14. Vandy turns it over and we've got a TV timeout. Can Harvard make a run if Vandy never misses. Even someone who did not attend Harvard knows that is unlikely.
Rivard is still firing and nails this three. 45-33. Can he get som help?
Off the mark in his attempt to answer Taylor, Rivard has his first miss of the game. Keith Wright gets to the loose ball after the miss. Crimson TO.