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Andrew Schiel '05
Senior co-captain Andrew Schiel tallied 23 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in Sunday's NESCAC Tournament title game win over Bates.

Division III Pairings Announced; Second-Ranked Jeffs Draw First-Round Bye in NCAA Tournament

February 28, 2005

AMHERST, MA - After winning its third NESCAC Championship in the last five years, the second-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team drew one of 16 first-round byes in the upcoming NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, for which pairings were announced late Sunday evening. Amherst, the lone NESCAC school to make the 48-team field, will host an NCAA second-round game this Saturday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Thursday night’s first-round matchup between Springfield College and Norwich University. A win on Saturday would conceivably make Amherst the host site for sectional play as well.

Now 25-1 on the season and riding a school-record 18-game winning streak, the Jeffs are making their sixth consecutive and eighth overall trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they’ve had considerable success in recent years, advancing to the NCAA round of 16 in 2002, the national quarterfinals in 2003 and the program’s first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance last season. Amherst will most likely enter this year’s tournament as the No. 1-ranked team in the nation according to the national poll, which will be released on Tuesday.

Thirty-six conferences have been granted automatic qualification for the 2005 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 take place this Thursday, with 16 second-round games to follow on Saturday. Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional-round sites Mar. 11-12. Winners of the four sectionals will advance to the national finals Mar. 18 and 19. All games, except the finals, will be played on the campuses of competing institutions. The finals will be take place at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va.

FULL BRACKET (in PDF format)

Blackburn at Hanover
(Winner plays at Illinois Wesleyan)

Texas-Dallas at Trinity (Texas)
(Winner plays Pomona-Pitzer)*

Edgewood at Buena Vista
(Winner plays at Puget Sound)

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

NYC Tech at Ursinus
(Winner plays at Ramapo)

Mt. St. Mary at Albright
(Winner plays at King’s)

Endicott at Western Conn.
(Winner plays at WPI)

New Jersey City at Virginia Wesleyan
(Winner plays at York)

Norwich at Springfield
(Winner plays at Amherst)

Union at Gwynedd-Mercy
(Winner plays at Rochester)

Elms at Salem St.
(Winner plays at Potsdam St.)

Penn St.-Behrend at Lebanon Valley
(Winner plays at St. John Fisher)

Bethany at John Carroll
(Winner Plays at Wittenberg)

Baldwin-Wallace. at Wooster
(Winner plays at Albion)

Calvin at Wheaton (Ill.)
(Winner plays at Aurora)

Methodist at Maryville (Tenn.)
(Winner plays Mississippi College)*

* - Pomona-Pitzer will host if Texas-Dallas wins and will travel if Trinity (Texas) wins; Mississippi College will travel if Maryville (Tenn.) wins and host if Methodist wins.