"When I was there, Harvard was not the worst basketball team, but we certainly were not the best," Matheson said. "Penn and Princeton were clearly the class of the league."
Matheson, who joined the halftime show at his old college radio station, couldn't have been happier to see Harvard win its first-ever tournament game, beating New Mexico in his hometown of Salt Lake City.
"It's a great story, in my opinion," the Democrat said.
Matheson, who flew from Washington, D.C., to Salt Lake City on Friday, said he did not think he could make the Crimson's third-round matchup with Arizona on Saturday. The congressman has to attend two different events.
Much has changed since Matheson's time in Cambridge. The school hired Tommy Amaker, who Matheson called "a big-time coach." Harvard has moved to the bigger, better Lavietes Pavillion and added a couple of NCAA Tournament appearances to the banner that hangs there.
One thing that hasn't changed? Matheson's comfort on the air.
"It was just like riding a bike," he said.