Harvard

Location: Cambridge, MA

Conference: Ivy

Mascot: Crimson

Coach: Tommy Amaker

Record: 22-7 (11-3 Ivy)

Kenpom ranking: 78

Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Yale 2x (74), Vermont (115)

Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): Holy Cross (243), @Cornell (209), Boston College (112)

Tournament appearances: 5 (current streak: 3)

Best result: Elite Eight (1946)

NBA alumni: Jeremy Lin

Best name: Patrick Steeves

Famous alumni: Every successful and rich person in the world, more or less

After NCAA Tournament wins each of the last two seasons, Harvard was supposed to be one of the best teams in Ivy League history, becoming the league's first team to earn a place in a preseason ranking since 1975. Some early, ugly losses proved they weren't all that but the Crimson ended the season tied with Yale for the Ivy League lead. They won the rare season-ending one-game playoff with their bitter rivals on a Steve Moundou-Missi jumper in the game's final seconds.

Style of play: D -- bad grade, good for hoops

Harvard is pretty bad offensively -- Virginia held them to 27 points. TWENTY-SEVEN! -- but their defense is very well-rounded defensively, ranked No. 33 in the country in defensive efficiency. They're very well-rounded defensively, doing a decent job blocking shots, forcing steals, getting rebounds, and whatever else they need.

Key player: Worldwide Wes

Wesley Saunders has been the star of the most successful stretch in Harvard hoops history. A four-star player from L.A., Saunders shunned major conference teams like USC to go to an academically rigorous school that couldn't offer an athletic scholarship. A 6'5 wing, Saunders boasts versatility few Ivy League players have ever had: He's physical enough to bully defenders, leading the team in scoring and second in rebounding, but can also serve as the team's primary ballhandler.

Harvard? Sports?

Many were skeptical when former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker turned a team that had been not just bad, but bad by Ivy League standards, into a team capable of competing nationally. Was he cheating? Had he lowered Harvard's rigorous academic standards? Despite rampant speculation, all signs point to no. Amaker did, however, benefit from Harvard's decision to use its massive endowment to give grants to low-and-middle income students -- a de facto scholarship for a school that isn't allowed to offer academic scholarships.