After two wins last weekend, MIT’s Men’s Basketball team earned itself a trip to Salem, Va. to play in the Final Four round of the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program history. MIT beat Staten Island 83-67 and Franklin & Marshall 69-54 to secure its spot in the Final Four.
The MIT’s Men’s Basketball team made program history last weekend, advancing to the nation’s Sweet 16 for the first time in Institute history, beating Skidmore and Farmingdale State. As a team, MIT picked up five double-doubles this weekend en route to the team’s hope of a national championship.
Last week was quite successful for MIT men’s basketball. Individually, the team’s leading scorers, Noel Hollingsworth ’12 and James D. Karraker ’12, both reached the 1,000-point career milestone. As a team, the Engineers pulled away with an easy victory against Wheaton on Wednesday and a tough victory against Springfield on Saturday to reach 20 victories total for the season. The team was also featured in Sports Illustrated, along with No. 1 Middlebury, in an article focusing on the success of the two teams athletically and academically.
Last week, MIT picked up two more wins against Babson and Coast Guard to increase its record to 16-0 (4-0 in conference). In the national rankings, MIT moved up to the third spot, as Augustana College fell from third to sixth; the Engineers also remain as only one of six teams in the top 25 with a perfect record.
If there is one thing that MIT’s men’s basketball team has done consistently this season, it’s winning. Last week, MIT increased its record to 11-0, grabbing two tough wins against Tufts (6-2) and Salem State (6-2). The undefeated Engineers have the top record in all of Division III and are currently ranked 7th in the nation, though they look to be moving up in the coming days.
Last Tuesday, the MIT’s Men’s Basketball team snagged an easy (90-47) victory over UMass Boston. The Engineers’ James D. Karraker ’12 led the team to victory with nine 3-pointers, setting an Institute record. MIT still holds the best record in the nation (9-0) and has moved up in ranking from ninth to seventh.
MIT’s Men’s Basketball team is on the move. After winning two games last week, the Engineers established a 5-0 record, moving them up from the 10th place spot to ninth in the national Division III rankings. The team has averaged a resounding 25.5-point margin of victory in its first six games of the season after beating Emerson on Tuesday by 32 points, 89-57.
Last Thursday, MIT’s Men’s Basketball obliterated Gordon College’s Fighting Scots with a 70-38 victory. The Engineers literally beat the Fighting Scots in every category, with less turnovers and fouls and more assists, steals, blocks, and rebounds, as well as higher free throw, three point, and field goal percentages. MIT’s Coach Anderson took advantage of the lack of fight in the Fighting Scots by clocking the bench in for more time than usual, resulting in a huge 23-point bench contribution. MIT played well as a team, which will be key to the Engineer’s success in the future.
It looked like the Engineers had brought sticky rice on the road last Tuesday when they devoured Curry College in their season opener. Ranked 10th in Division III basketball, the men’s basketball team had more than one star, with both Noel Hollingsworth ’12 and William Tashman ’13 recording double-doubles in the game — Hollingsworth, a Division I transfer from Brown University after his freshman year and one of the top players in the league, scored a whopping 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, 8 of which were offensive. Tashman’s fingers were sticky during the game, snagging the ball from the opposition 3 times and grabbing the ball off the board 10 times. James D. Karraker ’12 looked like Kyle Korver of the Chicago Bulls, scoring 6 of 11 from downtown.