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Harvard: Best Ivy ever?

Tommy Amaker is taking the Crimson into new territory for traditional one-bid league

Updated: November 29, 2011, 1:15 PM ET
By John Gasaway | Special to ESPN Insider
AmakerMitchell Layton/Getty ImagesTommy Amaker's team may be in for a historic season after clipping Florida State.

Consider the unlikely series of events that has Harvard lurking just outside the top 25 in both major polls. As a mid-major in a one-bid conference, you don't often certify yourself as ready for national attention by shooting 12-of-44 from the field. Yet that is exactly what Tommy Amaker's team did.

The Crimson's 46-41 win over Florida State last Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals in the Bahamas put this team on the map, so to speak. No one, except for a certain cunning and modest ESPN Insider, expected Harvard to beat an FSU team that, at the time, was ranked No. 20 in the nation. But look at the Crimson now. What's their secret, and just how far can they go?