Harvard clinches NCAA tournament bid

Updated: March 7, 2012, 12:22 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Harvard is going dancing.

By virtue of Pennsylvania's loss to Princeton Tuesday night, the Crimson earned a berth in the NCAA tournament -- their first since 1946. Harvard also clinched its first-ever Ivy League title.

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

Penn needed a win to tie Harvard at the top of the Ivy standings and force a one-game playoff. Princeton, though, posted a 62-52 victory at Jadwin Gym to deny the Quakers that opportunity.

"I didn't feel right letting Penn win the Ivy League, or share the Ivy League title and win it on our home court," said Princeton guard Douglas Davis, who finished with 12 points. "This is a rivalry. Our rivalry with Penn goes way back. Harvard, they're good, but our rivalry is with Penn, so yeah. Harvard, yeah, they won the Ivy League, but Penn wasn't going to win it on our court."

Harvard finished 12-2 in the conference, one game ahead of Penn.

Last year, Harvard lost a one-game playoff to Princeton at the buzzer for the Ivy League's automatic NCAA berth and failed to receive an at-large bid after sharing the regular season title with the Tigers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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