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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Los Angeles native Wesley Saunders is a perplexing act.
The game shouldn't look that simple.
Through his California swagger, every maneuver seems easy. His smile suggests he's in cruise control when everyone else is flying around the court at 100 mph. His fluidity has elevated 13-1 Harvard into a healthy position for its third consecutive NCAA tournament berth.
Saunders and Co. represent a change within an Ivy League program that went from a 66-year absence in the Big Dance to a shot at a three-peat. Last year's second-round upset of New Mexico -- which the Crimson pulled off without stars Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey, who were absent for the entire season due to academic violations -- confirmed that Harvard's 2012 bid wasn't some fluke.
Tommy Amaker is building something in Cambridge. That's one of the country's most surprising storylines -- except to the contributors involved -- and proof that there's more to Harvard than world-class academics.
"Some people were like 'Why did you want to go over there?" said Saunders, a guard-forward for Harvard, which will face Connecticut on the road Wednesday night (7 ET, ESPNU). "Some people, they didn't even know Harvard had a basketball team at the time. A lot of people were supportive as well. They knew going to Harvard would be really good for my future."