Harvard basketball NCAA It's becoming a smart choice to pick Harvard in the NCAA tournament. Credit: Getty Images

Harvard (27-4) is making a habit of this upset thing.

For the second straight opening Thursday of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the Crimson scored an upset as they beat the No. 5-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats, 61-57, in Spokane, Wash. to advance to the third round in the East Region.

Harvard's Siyani Chambers came up big down the stretch against the Bearcats, scoring five of his 11 points in the clutch. Wesley Saunders led the No. 12-seeded Crimson with 12 points while Laurent Rivard posted 11.

 

The Crimson will now play No. 4 seed Michigan State on Saturday (time TBA), a team that was unanimously picked on ESPN's Selection Sunday show to win the National Championship.

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