Associated Press - Mark Lyons matched a career high with 27 points to lead the sixth-seeded Wildcats (27-7), who showed how a real basketball school does it when March rolls around.This will be Arizona's 15th appearance in the Sweet 16. The Wildcats are heading to Los Angeles for a West Regional matchup against Sunday's winner between Ohio State and Iowa State.
And Harvard -- well, it's back to class, though Chambers may want to stop by the dentist's office first. Luckily, teammate Christian Webster was on the ball. He walked over to retrieve the tooth fragment and hand it back to its owner.
But there wasn't much to salvage by that point. Harvard (20-10) missed its first 13 shots and 20 of its first 22 while falling behind 30-9. The Ivy League champions, who shot 52 percent in their upset win over New Mexico on Thursday, made only 27 percent in this one.
Laurent Rivard, the Canadian guard who made five 3-pointers in the upset Thursday, shot 1 for 6 this time. He missed two early, then shot two airballs in the second half and finished with three points.
Indeed, this was nothing like Thursday, when the upset over a physically imposing New Mexico team riled up the Harvard twitterrati and sparked dreams of nets somehow being cut down with a slide rule.
Yes, Amaker's program could be redefining what's possible in the Ivy League. But Arizona, a team that hasn't lost to an opponent outside of the Pac-12 this season, had too much height, too much speed, too much talent to be slowed by this Harvard team.
Forward Solomon Hill (13 points, 10 rebounds) spotted up for a 3-pointer, drained it, then looped his fingers over his eyes -- the 3-point goggles -- right by the Harvard bench, in Amaker's face. On Harvard's next possession, Hill rebounded a missed shot, took the ball coast to coast and jammed with both hands, then bumped chests violently with Parrom.
Moments later, Lyons made a backdoor cut and took an alley-oop pass from Jordin Mayes for an easy layup. Bad enough that happens to a defense once in a game. But on the next possession, Lyons and Mayes combined for an absolute carbon copy of the same play. The Wildcats made 55 percent of their shots, led by Lyons' 12-for-17 night.