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March 21, 2019 — 50-49, such a long time ago

Thirty years ago this week, the order of men’s college basketball was nearly turned upside down when a group of smart young men from Princeton University, led by a madcap head coach with well-traveled ideas and tactics, nearly upset Georgetown University in the NCAA Division I Tournament.

It was a result which cemented phrases like “Field of 64,” “bracket buster,” and “mid-major” in basketball phraseology forever. Today, the Division I men’s basketball tournament is one of the largest annual sports-betting events on the calendar, even as the product has been steadily enervated with the advent of the “one and done” player, or even 18-year-olds choosing to play professionally overseas or in the NBA’s G-League.

How much has changed in three decades? Last night, an Ivy League team beat Georgetown in basketball. But this was Harvard, and the tournament was the NIT.

And the basketball world didn’t bat an eyelash.

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