SALT LAKE CITY ó For Arizona, itís on to Los Angeles.
And for Harvard ó well, itís time to head back to class.
Clearly unfazed by their Ivy League opponentís plucky brand of Smartball, the Wildcats showed how a real basketball school does it Saturday. Mark Lyons matched his career high with 27 points in Arizonaís wire-to-wire 74-51 blowout of the Crimson.
No. 6 seed Arizonaís next stop in the NCAA tournament is southern California, where the Wildcats will make their 15th appearance in the regional semifinals. Theyíll play the winner of Sundayís game between Ohio State and Iowa State.
The day for No. 14 Harvard (20-10) was best summed up early in the second half when point guard Siyani Chambers took an elbow to the mouth from Kevin Parrom, who chipped off part of Chambersí front tooth. Officials stopped play and Chambersí teammate, Christian Webster, walked over, bent down and picked up the tooth fragment off the floor.
That felt nothing like Thursday, when Harvard pulled off an upset over a physically imposing New Mexico team ó a stunner that riled up the Harvard twitterrati and sparked dreams of nets somehow being cut down with a slide rule.
Yes, Tommy Amakerís program could be redefining whatís possible in the Ivy League.
But Arizona (27-7), a team that hasnít 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.
It was over early and a couple vignettes told the story.
Forward Solomon Hill (13 points, 10 rebounds) spotted up for a 3-pointer, drained it, then looped his fingers over his eyes ó the 3-point goggles ó right by the Harvard bench, in Amakerís face. On Harvardís 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 Brandon Ashley for an easy layup.
Bad enough that happens to a defense once in a game. But on the next possession, Lyons and Ashley combined for an absolute carbon-copy of the same play.
Harvard shot 52 percent against New Mexico and would clearly need a repeat to keep this run going. The Crimson missed 20 of its first 22 shots for 9.1 percent. By that time, Arizona was up 30-9.
Remember Laurent Rivard, the Canadian guard who made five 3-pointers in Harvardís win to go with the six he made last year in the programís first appearance in the NCAAs since 1946? He shot 1-for-6 on Saturday, missing two early, then shooting two airballs in the second half. He finished with three points. Credit most of that to Parromís blanket defense.
Chambers, the Harvard freshman, will have his own special memory of Arizonaís senior guard.
The freshman was trying to make a jump pass, when Parrom left his feet, as well, to block it. His elbow bashed Chambersí lip and he grimaced in pain. Helped off the floor with the tooth in hand, he was wincing on the bench, where TV cameras caught a clear shot of his newly jagged right front tooth.
Chambers came back shortly after and made a 3. He finished with six points.
Kenyatta Smith, Harvardís tallest player at 6-foot-8, led the Crimson with 10 points. Harvard finished the game shooting 27 percent overall and from 3-point range.
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