Vanderbilt vs. Harvard [Game info and open thread]
The Commodores (24-10) enter the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the nation, having just beaten No. 1 Kentucky to win the SEC Tournament Championship. It wasn't Vanderbilt's only win over a solid tournament team this year--they also downed North Carolina State, Davidson, Marquette, Alabama and Florida. Vanderbilt is led by one of the most dynamic scorers in the nation, junior guard John Jenkins, who averages 19.9 points per game and shoots 45 percent on three pointers. While Vanderbilt is the favorite in this game, fans should be careful picking the Commodores. They have made the tournament three out of the past four seasons, and were seeded No.4, No. 4 and No. 5 each year respectively. They lost in their first game all three times.
As the Ivy League champions, Harvard (26-4) is finally making its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Harvard isn't an overly-explosive team, but the Crimson wins with good defense and disciplined play. Tommy Amaker's squad got it's signature win back in November by holding Florida State to just 41 points. Only two players average in double digits for Harvard: junior forward Kyle Casey and senior forward Keith Wright. Casey and Wright are also the team's two leading rebounders.
What's at stake?
The winner plays the winner of No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 13 Montana.
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