NESCAC Preview: Men's Basketball Begins Title Defense with Quarterfinals Bout Against Williams

NESCAC Preview: Men's Basketball Begins Title Defense with Quarterfinals Bout Against Williams

AMHERST, Mass. -- Having played in every New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, Amherst men's basketball (17-7, 7-3 NESCAC) begins their NESCAC title defense as the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 seed Williams (13-11, 6-4 NESCAC) in a quarterfinals bout on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in LeFrak Gymnasium.


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LIVE COVERAGE

Saturday's quarterfinal matchup will feature LIVE STATS and a WEBCAST broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN). 

SETTING THE SCENE

Hosting a quarterfinals game for the fifth-straight year, Amherst is set to face Williams for their 11th meeting in conference postseason history. Amherst owns a 6-4 advantage in their series and won, 74-69, in the NESCAC semifinals last year. 

During the regular season contests between the two sides, the Ephs earned both wins as each game was decided by three points or less. Williams, who is the No. 6 seed for the first time since 2017, won 72-69 on January 11 during the opening weekend of conference play and earned a two-point victory, 62-60, on January 22 in a non-conference, Little Three contest.

The Mammoths boast a 10-2 home record, while the Ephs are 5-7 on the road. 

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 3 Seed -- (17-7, 7-3) | Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Landing inside the top-10 in Division III for scoring margin (15.5), Amherst is first in the NESCAC for three point field-goal defense (29.9), three-point field-goal percentage (40.0), and scoring defense (67.0). 
  • Averaging 83.3 points per game, the Mammoths reel in 40.3 rebounds per game and 17.6 assists per game. 
  • Garrett Day '21 leads the Mammoths in scoring with 14.3 points per game, including a second-best NESCAC three-point percentage of 45.9. 
  • Grant Robinson '21 dishes out 4.3 assists per game, while Eric Sellew '20 owns the boards averaging 7.3 per game.

SCOUTING WILLIAMS
No. 6 Seed -- (13-11, 6-4) | Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Entering the conference tournament on a three-game winning streak, Williams is second in the NESCAC for scoring defense (67.2).
  • Matt Karpowicz leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg), rebounding (8.5 reb/g), and field-goal percentage (62.0) and ranks third in the conference for total field goals made (165) and total rebounds (203). 
  • Cole Prowitt-Smith follows close behind Karpowicz with a 12.1 mark in points per game, shooting 42.0% from the floor and a team-high 78.9% from the charity stripe. 
  • Averaging 1.2 steals per game, Jovan Jones adds 5.8 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  No. 3 Amherst No. 6 Williams
Points per game 83.3 72.5
FG % 47.1 43.8
3PT % 40.0 30.2
FT % 72.1 64.5
Rebounds per game 40.3 39.9
Assists per game 17.6 12.1
Steals per game 6.8 5.7
Blocks per game 3.7 2.8
Points per game allowed 67.0 67.2


CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 22
at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Hamilton at No. 1 Tufts - 4:00 p.m.
No. 7 Bates at No. 2 Colby - 3:00 p.m.
No. 6 Williams at No. 3 Amherst - 4:00 p.m.
No. 5 Middlebury at No. 4 Trinity - 3:00 p.m.

Semifinals - Saturday, February 29
at Highest Remaining Seed
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. Highest Remaining Seed - 2 p.m.
Other Quarterfinal Winners - 4 p.m.

Championship - Sunday, March 1
at Semifinal Host
Semifinal winners - 12:00 p.m.

-- Parts of this Release are Courtesy of the NESCAC office --