Club Basketball Heads South for Nationals

Published by Madeleine Smith on March 29, 2011 at 10:11PM

With March Madness just about as mad as it’s ever been, there’s no doubt many of Harvard’s basketball fans will be watching to see which unexpected member of the Final Four will cut down the nets in Houston next week.

But members of Harvard’s men’s club basketball team will be travelling down to the Lone Star State this weekend for a different reason.

The eight-member team will have its own the chance to cut down the nets at the National Campus Championship Series Basketball Championships on April 1-3, at the University of Texas in Austin.

The club team’s path to the NCCS National Championships was also rather unexpected as well. When a team dropped out of the NCCS Regional Tournament at Boston University at the last minute last month, the Harvard squad got a spot in the 24-team competition.

Harvard dominated its opponents, including last year’s regional champion Villanova, and ended up winning the tournament in a 50-36 blowout over Penn State, earning a spot at the National Championships.

As for the competition it will face in Texas this weekend, Harvard’s not quite sure what it will be up against—but then again, it might not really matter.

“We’re just excited about going to a warm place and finally being able to wear shorts again,” said freshman team member and Crimson contributing writer, Darren McLeod.