AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men's basketball team is set to travel to Ramapo College for NCAA Championship First and Second Round action this Friday-Saturday, March 3-4. The Purple & White will face Keene State on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. in a First Round matchup, while No. 5 Ramapo and Misericordia will hit the court at 7:30 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Concluding the regular season with a 17-6 mark and a 7-3 record in league play, Amherst (17-7) captured the No. 3 seed in the NESCAC Championship tournament and would go on to secure an at-large bid to their 19th NCAA tournament following a 76-69 loss to Williams in the Quarterfinals.
Keene State (19-9) earned an at-large bid to the national postseason after a solid season that saw the Owls claim the second seed in the Little East Conference and advance to the LEC tournament finals.
No. 5 Ramapo College (25-2) punched its ticket to the NCAA's behind the heroics of Thomas Bonacum's buzzer beating half-court shot as the Roadrunners defeated New Jersey City University, 67-64 in the conference finals to become the NCAC's automatic qualifier.
Misericordia (20-7) secured the Middle Atlantic Conference's automatic qualifying bid to the national tournament on Feb. 25 with a 78-75 win over DeSales in conference championship game, their third MAC title in five years.
17-7 Overall – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Securing an at-large bid to the national postseason, Amherst is set to make its seventh consecutive and 19th overall appearance in the Div. III NCAA Championship. The Purple & White are 41-18 overall in NCAA action, including a 17-5 record since 2011. Two-time National Champions (2007, 2013) and National Runner-Up in 2008, Amherst enters the postseason looking to advance to the Final Four for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Amherst owns a 1-1 record against Keene State in program history, with both matchups coming during the ECAC tournament, however the two sides have not faced off since the 1998-99 season.
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SCOUTING KEENE STATE COLLEGE
19-9 Overall – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Keene State earned an at large bid to the NCAA Championship following a loss in the Little East Conference (LEC) tournament finals. The nod marks the fifth appearance, and third consecutive, in the national postseason for the Owls' who own a 5-4 all-time record in the tournament.
SCOUTING NO. 5 RAMAPO COLLEGE
25-2 Overall – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Selected as a regional host for the sixth time in program history, Ramapo is set to make its seventh overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Capturing the New Jersey Athletic Conference's (NJAC) automatic bid, the Roadrunners took home the NJAC title for the fourth time in program history with a 67-64 win against NJCU on Feb. 24 behind a buzzer beater. Ramapo sits at 7-6 overall in NCAA action, with their best finish coming during the 1990-91 season when they advanced to the Final four.
SCOUTING MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY
20-7 Overall – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Claiming the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) crown for the third time in the past five seasons with a 78-75 victory over DeSales on Feb. 25, Misericordia punched its ticket to the national postseason for the second time in program history and first since the 2011-12 season. The Cougars are 0-2 all-time in NCAA play.