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Wise guys at Harvard get a big test with Michigan State next in NCAA tournament

  • Michigan State's Adreian Payne smiles while answering a question at a news conference before the third round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Friday, March 21, 2014. Michigan State plays Harvard on Saturday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Michigan State's Adreian Payne smiles while answering a question at a news conference before the third round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Friday, March 21, 2014. Michigan State plays Harvard on Saturday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan State coach Tom Izzo speaks at a news conference at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Friday, March 21, 2014. Michigan State plays Harvard on Saturday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Michigan State coach Tom Izzo speaks at a news conference at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Friday, March 21, 2014. Michigan State plays Harvard on Saturday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Harvard coach Tommy Amaker smiles while speaking at a news conference at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Friday, March 21, 2014. Harvard plays Michigan State on Saturday in the third round. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Harvard coach Tommy Amaker smiles while speaking at a news conference at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Friday, March 21, 2014. Harvard plays Michigan State on Saturday in the third round. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

The smart guys got their win. Now, it's time for a tougher basketball test.

Coming off its second NCAA tournament victory in history, 12th-seeded Harvard now must face Michigan State in the third round of the East regional.

Last year in the third round, the Crimson lost 74-51 to Arizona. To avoid a repeat Saturday, they say they must turn the page more quickly on their opening victory, a 61-57 win over Cincinnati.

All five starters for Harvard (27-4) score in double figures, led by guard Wesley Saunders, who averages 14 a game.

Fourth-seeded Michigan State (27-8) is coming off a 93-78 win over Delaware. Senior forward Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points in that one.

The winner advances to the Sweet 16 in Madison Square Garden next week.