“They’ve played a lot of different people and had success with a lot of different types of people they’ve gone against,” Amaker said. “They’re not 29-5 and a 3-seed and champions of their conference for nothing. This is one of the better teams in the country.”
With 10 fewer wins, a much lower seed, and a height disadvantage at every position, Harvard won’t be expected by many outsiders to beat New Mexico. But the Crimson will be ready, hoping that their long-awaited trip to the NCAA Tournament last year will eliminate some of the pressure this year, and produce a different game result.
“I thought we did a terrific job last year, with it being the first time, as it was well documented, in so many years,” Amaker said. “But when you have a point of reference, you just have a different vibe about it. That doesn’t mean you’re going to make every shot or not make any mistakes, but I think when you have a point of reference, there is a different comfort level that I think players adjust to.
“New Mexico is an outstanding team, just like Vanderbilt was an outstanding team last year. Knowing what to expect and having been through it once before, will certainly allow them to be a little bit more relaxed about the environment and the situation. Does that mean we’ll play perfectly? I doubt that, but we hope [it] will serve us well.”