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Ivy League's top tourney moments

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Harvard's Siyani Chambers (1) and Wesley Saunders celebrate their win over New Mexico.
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Let's hear it for the Ivy League. Harvard’s victory over New Mexico on Thursday gave the Crimson their first NCAA tournament win and added another chapter to the conference's Cinderella history.

Enjoy it while it lasts because if history is any indication, it will be a short stay for the Crimson. For now, we'll celebrate the moment with the top tourney highlights for each Ivy League school.

Brown

Well ... sorry, there isn't much tournament history to be proud of in Rhode Island. Brown has made the tournament twice, the last time in 1986, and is 0-2. Only one player, Jim Turner against Syracuse in ’86, has reached double figures in tourney play for the Bears ... in a 101-52 loss.

Columbia

You have to jump back to 1968 to find Columbia's best moment. Heyward Dotson scored 32 points as Columbia clocked La Sale 83-69 in a second-round game. The Lions went on to beat Bob Lanier-led St. Bonaventure, 95-75, in a third-place game. In all, the Lions have made three tournament appearances.

Cornell

The most successful Ivy team in recent memory was the 2010 Cornell squad. Those Big Red managed to break the win column for the first time in their history by defeating Temple and Wisconsin to reach the Sweet 16 before losing to Kentucky in a regional semifinal.

Cornell made the most of its 2010 Ivy League championship, going on a run to the Sweet 16.

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Dartmouth

Not much to write home about for the Big Green either. In 1942, the Big Green made it to the finals of what was then an eight-team tournament, before losing to Stanford, 53-38. Their only other appearance was in 1944.

Harvard

The Crimson made it in 1946 and 2012 before Thursday's triumph, but the win over New Mexico was their first victory in four tries (they played twice in 1946 under a different format). Four players scored in double figures in the win over the third-seeded Lobos, led by Wesley Saunders' 18.

Penn

Second only to Princeton with 23 tournament bids, the Quakers had a magical season in 1970-71, going 28-0, before being vanquished by Villanova in a regional final. In 1978-79, they made it to the national semifinal before falling to Michigan State and its star, Earvin Johnson.

Princeton

With more NCAA tourney bids (24) than any other Ivy League school, Princeton is the classic representative of the conference. The modern crowd best remembers the Tigers for the 1996 first-round upset of UCLA and the near-upset of No. 1 seed Georgetown as a No. 16 seed in 1989, but they also made a Final Four in 1965, in Bill Bradley's heyday. Bradley set a tournament record with 58 points against Wichita State in the third-place game and was the tournament's most outstanding player.

Yale

Like Brown, the Bulldogs, too, are searching for their first NCAA tourney victory. They haven’t earned a bid since 1962 and have three overall. Tony Lavelli is the top single-game scorer for Yale, posting 27 points against Illinois in 1949.

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