Arizona ended Harvard’s wannabe Cinderella run through the NCAA tournament by beating them on Satuday, 74-51.
The Wildcats were able to manhandle the Ivy League champions thanks in large part to a 30-9 run to open the game. During the run, the Crimson missed 20 of their first 22 shots from the field and that proved to be enough for the Wildcats to win.
Shooting guard Mark Lyons was led the way for his team by matching a career high in scoring with 27 points. Lyons hit on 12 of 17 shots taken, including 3 of 6 from beyond the three point line.
The 14th seeded Harvard Crimson had shocked the basketball world with their second round win over New Mexico. That win was so distressing to at least one journo for the Lobos that he announced he was no longer covering the team shortly after the team was booted from the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Arizona was able to get hot and stay hot when it came to shooting the basketball. The team managed to shoot more than 55 percent from the field, including 60 percent (9-15) from beyond three point range.
As hot as the Wildcats were, the Crimson were just as cold. Starting 2 for 22 from the field will make anyone get into a bit of a funk. Harvard finished the game shooting just 27.6 percent from the field.
The Ivy League champs also hit just 27.8 percent from three-point land.
Lyons and the Wildcats continued their ridiculously hot shooting from their first game. In their win against Belmont, Lyons scored 23 points and the team as a whole shot over 55 percent from the field.
The Wildcats also shot better than 50 percent from beyond the arc in that game as their offense was too much for usually game Belmont Bruins team.
Arizona will next take on the winner of the Iowa State-Ohio State game next week in the Sweet Sixteen.