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Crimson in clover: Harvard hoops’ unlikely rise

Campus fascinated by team gunning for first tourney bid in 65 years

Chase Carpenter (left) says Harvard has hoops fever, but Francisco Marmolejo feels studying is more important. Chase Carpenter (left) says Harvard has hoops fever, but Francisco Marmolejo feels studying is more important. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
By Joseph P. Kahn
Globe Staff / December 17, 2011
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Harvard has fielded nationally ranked teams in recent years, but in sports like ice hockey, crew, and squash. Now comes the Crimson men’s basketball team, off to a 9-1 start. It’s already won a prestigious tournament, upset Top 25 teams (Utah, Florida State), and cracked the Top 25 in national polls: a first for a school better known for its brain power than its basketball prowess. But do Harvard’s students care?

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