Harvard and Dayton provide upsets in March Madness openers

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Harvard and Dayton University provided second round upsets in the NCAA tournament today as March Madness started in earnest.

Dayton faced Ohio State in the first game of the day and the teams, who are separated by just 73 miles were engaged in a very close game throughout.

The Atlantic-10 team are usually overshadowed by the big state school in Columbus but it was the Flyers that were victorious on this occasion with Dayton winning 60-59, draining the final shot with 6 seconds to go.

Harvard were also winners in their round of 64 matchup against Cincinnati. An incredible 31.4% of ESPN Tournament Challenge entrants had predicted that Harvard would upset Cincy after the Crimson won their opening round matchup in 2013.

They triumphed by a score of 61-57 to secure their second NCAA tournament victory in 66 years. Wesley Saunders was the high scorer for the Crimson with 12 points. Harvard will face the winner of Michigan State and Delaware in the next round.

Dayton will play against Syracuse, who dispatched of Western Michigan 77-53 earlier today.

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