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Fourth-Ranked Jeffs Draw First-Round Bye, Second-Round Home Game in NCAA Tournament

March 1, 2004

The fourth-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team drew an at-large bid and one of 16 first-round byes in the upcoming NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, for which pairings were announced on Sunday night. The Jeffs, who fell at No. 1-ranked Williams College 79-67 in the NESCAC Championship game, will host an NCAA second-round game this Saturday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Thursday’s first-round matchup between Castleton State and Plymouth State.

Williams earned an automatic bid after winning its second straight NESCAC Championship and also drew a first-round bye. The Ephs await the winner of Thursday’s first-round matchup between Johnson & Wales (R.I.) and Salem State. Trinity College also earned an at-large bid, giving the NESCAC three teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Bantams hosts Lasell College on Thursday night.

Amherst, now 24-3 overall, is making its fifth consecutive and seventh overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Jeffs advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 1994 and only the second time in school history, before falling at Williams, 91-75.

Thirty-six conferences have been granted automatic qualification for the 2004 NCAA Championship. Six independent teams and six other at-large teams from automatic qualifying conferences who did not receive their conference automatic qualification were selected by using specific selection criteria approved by the Division III Championships Committee.

Sixteen first-round games will be conducted Thursday, March 4, and 16 second-round games will be conducted Saturday, March 6. Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional-round sites March 12-13. Winners of the four sectional games will advance to the finals March 19 and 20. All games, except the finals, will be played on the campuses of competing institutions. The finals will be conducted at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va.

Colorado College at Pomona Pitzer
(Winner plays at Puget Sound)

Benedectine at UW-Stevens Point
(Winner plays at Gustavus Adolphus)

University of Dallas at Sul Ross State
(Winner plays at Trinity {Texas})

Lakeland at Lawrence
(Winner plays at Buena Vista)

Calvin at John Carroll
(Winner plays at Wittenberg)

Methodist at Randolph-Macon
(Winner plays at Maryville {Tenn.})

Maryville (Mo.) at Illinois Wesleyan
(Winner plays at Hanover)

Potsdam State at Penn State-Behrend
(Winner plays at Wooster)

Lasell at Trinity (Conn.)
(Winner plays at Brockport St.)

Johnson & Wales at Salem St.
(Winner plays at Williams)

St. John Fisher at Hamilton
(Winner plays at Rochester)

Babson at Endicott
(Winner plays at Keene St.)

Lehman at Lycoming
(Winner Plays at New Jersey City)

Castleton St. at Plymouth St.
(Winner plays at Amherst)

Elizabethtown at Hampden-Sydney
(Winner plays at Franklin & Marshall)

SUNY-Old Westbury at Catholic
(Winner plays at Gwynedd-Mercy)