Men's Basketball NCAA Sectionals Preview & Tournament Central

Men's Basketball NCAA Sectionals Preview & Tournament Central

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College will host the Sectional Rounds of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball tournament, March 8-9 at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Along with the Mammoths, champions of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), this weekend's sectional pod includes Nichols College, Randolph-Macon College and Swarthmore College.

All four teams are in the Top-15 in the nation, including #14 Nichols, #7 Amherst, #6 Swarthmore & #5 Randolph-Macon.

Sweet Sixteen - Friday, March 8th
Swarthmore vs Randolph-Macon - 5:00 PM
Amherst vs Nichols - 7:30 PM

Elite Eight - Saturday March 2nd
Friday's Winners - 6:00 PM


Tickets  (Seating area open 1 hour prior to game start)

  • Adults - $10 (includes admission to both games on Friday) (separate charge for Saturday's game)
  • Children 12 & Under/Seniors/Students with ID - $5
  • Children 2 and under - Free
  • Amherst Students - Free with Valid Amherst College ID


Game 2: 


LeFrak Gymnasium
266 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

Interactive Bracket


Amherst College Mammoth
#7 Amherst College (25-4, 7-3 NESCAC, Pool A - NESCAC Champions)

Back in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2016, the Amherst men's basketball team is in search of their third national championship (2007, 2013). On the road at the University of Rochester for the opening rounds, the Mammoths outscored Rosemont College 51-28 in the second half on their way to an 84-53 victory, and then defeated the host Yellowjackets 75-67. This is Amherst's 20th appearance in the NCAA tournament, with an all-time record of 43-19 and seven Final Four trips.

Amherst is a top-ten team in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 63.2 points per game. Last year they led the nation in that category, giving up just 62.8 points per contest. The Mammoths are also one of the best rebounding teams in the country. They are third in the nation with an 11.8 rebounding margin, average 44.45 rebounds per game and are #15 in the country with 30.38 defensive rebounds per game, a category led by three NESCAC schools (Wesleyan, Middlebury, Williams.).

Three Mammoths are scoring in double-figures, led by Grant Robinson '21 (15.9 ppg), a NESCAC First Team All-Conference honoree. Second Team All-Conference selection Eric Sellew '20 averages 10.9 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game, while Fru Che '21 scores 11.5 points and shoots 37.2% from three-point range. Senior Joe Schneider rebounds the ball 5.3 times per game and has a team-leading 1.7 blocks per contest. Schneider had seven blocks in a game on two occasions this season.


#14 Nichols College (27-2, 15-1 CCC, Pool A - CCC Champions)

Nichols returns to Massachusetts after winning the regional at Rowan University in New Jersey. The Bison have already dispatched one NESCAC team, beating Middlebury 74-71 in the opening round, before topping Rowan 87-76 to advance to the Sweet 16. The champions of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) have won sixteen games in a row heading into this weekend's tournament. They are also 12-0 on the road this year.

Marcos Echevarria and DeAnte Bruton, both All-CCC First Team selections, lead the scoring barrage for Nichols, averaging 20.6 and 19.3 points per game, respectively. Jerome Cunningham, who scores 9.9 points and 8.6 rebounds while also owning 59 of the team's 84 blocked shots, was named to the Second Team. Matt Morrow is another player to keep an eye on, as he averages 13.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.

Last weekend, Echevarria extended his NCAA record of games with at least one three-pointer to 103. With three 3-pointers in the win over Rowan, Echevarria pulled into a tie with Amir Mazarei (Redlands) for third-place in Division III history with 470.

Amherst College Mammoth
#6 Swarthmore College (26-3, 15-3 Centennial Conference, Pool A - CC Champions

Swarthmore comes to Amherst blistering hot after shooting 72.5% from the floor in a 105-65 win over MIT in the 2nd round. The Garnet went 24-27 from the field and 10-10 from behind the three-point land in the first half, putting up 68 points in the first twenty minutes. Swarthmore, the hosts of the 1st and 2nd round last weekend, took care of Mitchell College 90-73 in the opening round game on Friday night.

The Garnet are outscoring opponents by 17.0 points per game, shooting 48.6% from the field and 38.7% from behind the three-point line.

Cam Wiley leads four players in double-figure scoring averaging 15.2 points per game. Wiley has a team-high 4.1 assists and aveages more than a steal per game.

Zac O'Dell leads the team with 7.9 rebounds per game to go with his 12.5 points per contest and a team-high .619 shooting percentage (153-247). O'Dell has 66 blocks and 20 steals, along with 73 assists.


#5 Randolph-Macon College (27-3, 15-1 ODAC, Pool C - At-Large)


Hosts of their own first and second round regional, Randolph-Macon defeated Morrisville State 95-70 and then took down York 78-60 to advance to the Sweet 16 and finish their play in Ashland, Virginia this season with a perfect 12-0 record.

The Yellow Jackets were runners-up in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament, falling to Guilford in the championship game. They were selected as an at-large team and are making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2014-15, when they fell to Virginia Wesleyan in the Sectional Finals at home.

Randolph-Macon is scoring better than 81 points and allowing just over 61 points per game. Their scoring comes from up and down the roster, with seven players averaging six or more points per game, topped by sophomore Buzz Anthony (15.9 points), who shoots 53.5% from the field and 84.8% from the foul line, as well as 44.1% from three-point land. The Yellow Jackets led the ODAC in shooting (49.1%) and were second behind Roanoke from outside the arc (39.6%).

Corey Bays and Grayson Midulla also score better than eleven points per game, though Randolph-Macon does give up some edge on the glass. Montese Adams leads the team with 6.0 rebounds, but the Yellow-Jackets average just 36.3 rebounds per game.