Sophomore guard Tim McLaughlin heads a strong and talented bench for third-ranked Amherst.
Third-Ranked, Top-Seeded Jeffs to Host Bowdoin in NESCAC Quarterfinals
February 15, 2005
AMHERST, MA - The third-ranked, top-seeded Amherst College menís basketball team will begin its quest for a third NESCAC Championship in the last five years and sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament this Saturday at 3 p.m. with a NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal matchup against visiting eighth-seeded Bowdoin College. Tickets will be sold at the door at $3 for adults and $1 for students with valid ID. Admission is free for children under 10.
Campus radio station WAMH will Webcast its audio play-by-play live on the Internet. Visit the Amherst Athletics Website for details.
Amherst finished the regular season at 22-1 overall and a perfect 9-0 in conference play and clinched its first NESCAC regular-season title since 2003 with Saturdayís lopsided 94-61 victory at Tufts. The win was Amherstís 15th straight, tying a school record.
Amherst is 10-2 all-time in NESCAC Tournament play, winning consecutive postseason championships in 2001 and 2002 before falling to Williams in both the 2003 and 2004 title games. The Jeffs have had similar success recently in NCAA Tournament play, advancing to the NCAA second round in 2000 and 2001, the round of 16 in 2002, the national quarterfinals in 2003 and the collegeís first-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four last season.
Elsewhere in NESCAC Tournament action, second-seeded Tufts hosts seventh-seeded Colby, third-seeded Bates welcomes No. 6 seed Williams and fifth-seeded Wesleyan travels to fourth-seeded Trinity. If Amherst prevails against Bowdoin, it will host the semifinals and finals on Saturday and Sunday, February 26-27, with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament at stake.
2005 NESCAC MENíS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDING
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 19 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Bowdoin at No. 1 Amherst (3 p.m.)
No. 7 Colby at No. 2 Tufts (3 p.m.)
No. 6 Williams at No. 3 Bates (2 p.m.)
No. 5 Wesleyan at No. 4 Trinity (3 p.m.)
Semifinals - Saturday, February 26 at highest remaining seed
Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed (2 p.m.)
Remaining quarterfinal winners (4 p.m.)
Championship - Sunday, February 27
Semifinal winners (noon)