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Men's basketball 2014 NESCAC quarterfinal preview

Contact Jim Taylor 315-859-4685
Posted February 17, 2014
Tags Men's Basketball

The Hamilton College Continentals travel to Middlebury College to take on the Panthers in a 2014 NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship quarterfinal at Pepin Gym on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m.

NESCAC preview

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Hamilton (14-10, 5-5 NESCAC) tied for fifth place in the conference standings and is the No. 6 seed for the championship. The Continentals have won five of their last six games, including a 76-74 thriller against Middlebury at home on Feb. 2, as they enter the postseason. Hamilton is making its second appearance in the NESCAC championship in the Continentals' third season in the conference for basketball.

Matt Hart '16 leads Hamilton and the NESCAC in scoring with 21.0 points per game. Hart is ranked fourth in the conference with 62 3-point field goals made this season. Bradley Gifford '15 is also fourth with 8.3 rebounds per game.

The Panthers (16-8, 6-4) tied for third place in the conference standings and picked up the No. 3 seed for the NESCAC championship. Middlebury played in this event's championship game every year from 2009 through 2012 and won two conference titles. The Panthers are 10-3 in their last 13 games with one loss by two points and another by three points. Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Division III championship semifinals in 2011.

Please see below for a capsule look at both teams.

No. 6 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 14-10
Conference record (finish): 5-5 (T-5th)
Head coach: Adam Stockwell, 3rd season at Hamilton, 41-32  record (130-128 overall)
Championship tournament appearances: 2nd
Championship tournament titles: 0
Championship tournament record: 0-1
2013-14 result vs. Middlebury: W, 76-74 (Feb. 2 at Hamilton)
Road/Neutral Record: 5-7
Points per game: 75.5
Points allowed per game: 72.9
Scoring leaders: Matt Hart ‘16 (21.0 ppg), Greg Newton ‘14 (11.0)
Rebounding leaders: Bradley Gifford ‘15 (8.3 rpg), Hart (4.4)
Assist leaders:  Newton (93), Hart (56)
Three-point shooting leaders: Hart (62 of 148), Jack Donnelly ’16 (23 of 51)

No. 3 seed MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE
Overall record: 16-8
Conference record (finish): 6-4 (T-3rd)
Regional ranking: 11th in Northeast Region
Head coach: Jeff Brown, 17th season at Middlebury, 273-166 record (303-207 overall)
Championship tournament appearances: 11th
Championship tournament titles: 2009, 2011
Championship tournament record: 12-8
Home record: 6-3
Points per game: 78.3
Points allowed per game: 71.1
Scoring leaders: Dylan Sinnickson ‘15 (16.8 ppg), Joey Kizel ‘14 (16.4), Hunter Merryman ‘15 (12.1)
Rebounding leaders: Sinnickson (6.5 rpg), Jack Roberts (5.5)
Assist leaders: Kizel (136), Jake Brown (69)
Three-point shooting leaders: Kizel (47 of 113), Merryman (43 of 110), Sinnickson (40 of 94)

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