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Posted on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 1:58 p.m.

Former Michigan basketball coach Tommy Amaker leads Harvard into top 25 for first time

By Nick Baumgardner

Former Michigan basketball coach Tommy Amaker has made history at Harvard.

The Crimson have entered both The Associated Press top 25 and the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll for the first time in school history.


Former Michigan basketball coach Tommy Amaker has Harvard in the top 25 for the first time.

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Harvard (8-0) entered this week's AP poll at No. 25, and the coaches poll at No. 24.

Harvard is the first Ivy League squad to receive a national ranking since Cornell sat at No. 22 in the coaches poll in 2010.

The Crimson are 8-0 for the first time since 1984-85, according to a school release, and have scored wins over both Utah and Florida State already this season.

Amaker spent six seasons at Michigan (2001-07), amassing a 108-84 record. Amaker never advanced to the NCAA Tournament during his tenure on the Wolverine bench, and was fired following a 22-13 record in 2006-07.

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Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 7:57 p.m.

Congrats to Coach Amaker. I always thought he was a great guy who just couldn't Michigan over the hump here (and it was time for him to go) but he was clearly a good fit for a place like Michigan. That he landed on his feet up there and is having great success, and that his wife has had opportunity to succeed at a place like Harvard--well, that's just great for both of them. And let's not forget that Harvard did beat Michigan a few years ago. (I'm much happier with Beilein now, though)