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Harvard Earns First NCAA Tournament Berth Since 1946

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Harvard head basketball coach Tommy Amaker. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Harvard head basketball coach Tommy Amaker. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The Harvard Crimson are tournament bound.

With Princeton topping Penn Tuesday night, Harvard earned its first NCAA berth since 1946 and captured the first outright Ivy League title in the program’s history.

“We are thrilled and honored to have an opportunity to compete in the 2012 NCAA tournament,” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said in a statement released by the school. “This is a tremendous moment for Harvard University, our basketball program and our community. Go Crimson!”

Amaker led the Crimson to a 26-4 record this season, setting a team record for wins for the third straight year. Harvard went 12-2 in league play, tying the program record for conference wins.

Harvard won the Battle 4 Atlantis in November, beating Utah, Florida State and Central Florida along the way to the early season tournament championship.

The Crimson will likely earn an 11-seed when the NCAA Tournament brackets are announced on Sunday.

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