SPOKANE, Wash.--Local basketball fans of other schools are given the rare chance to see their team play in person while the NCAA Tournament is held in Spokane.
Fans had the chance to watch their teams practice for free on Wednesday at the Spokane Veterans Arena.
It is a rare sight to see television basketball coverage of Harvard University in Spokane, let alone to see the team in person. Harvard fan Ray Shutts was taking full advantage of the opportunity on Wednesday.
“It was a good place to have lunch. They don't show a lot of Ivy League games here in the Northwest and so I thought I would get a first look at the players,” said Shutts.
Shutts’ son is a sophomore at Harvard University. Shutts had three student radio broadcasters staying at his Spokane house to cover the game. 2014 was Harvard’s second straight year getting into the NCAA Tournament.
“Obviously they are good students to get into Harvard, but there are some quality athletes there,” said Shutts. “I talked to the athletic director and he was talking about kids bringing their book along for nuclear physics on the road which is maybe not standard things in your suitcase for other teams.”
Dave Westfall attended Harvard and was proud to see his Ivy League school receiving national attention for its sports in addition to its academics.
“I think even a couple of the guys on ESPN are now predicting Harvard to upset Cincinnati in the first round,” said Westfall. “So that's kind of fun that we've gotten that recognition.”