Bracketology? An incomprehensible concept.
RPI? A nice school in Troy, N.Y. They’ve been known to play some pretty good hockey there.
The year was 1946. Nope, no Selection Sunday, either. The path to Harvard’s first NCAA Tournament participation was a bit different.
It was fairly simple. The Crimson were winning a lot of basketball games, and the people who mattered were paying attention. By the end of February it was kind of a given that if Harvard, which had lost only to Holy Cross, could defeat New Hampshire on March 2 in its last regular-season game, the Crimson would receive a bid as the New England representative in what was known as the Eastern Bracket of the eight-team NCAA Tournament, the games to be played at Madison Square Garden on March 21 and March 23.
A 71-43 victory took care of that matter. Harvard was in. The only problem was how to handle the next three weeks.
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