Men's Basketball Advances in NCAAs, Will Host Sectionals
For the second year in a row, the Hamilton College Continentals are one of the last 16 teams standing in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship. Hamilton has been selected to host one of the four sectionals for the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House this weekend.
Whitman College, ranked second in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, takes on No. 19 Williams College at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8. The second sectional semifinal features No. 10 Hamilton and No. 9 Christopher Newport University at approximately 7:30. Saturday’s sectional semifinal is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Nationally ranked No. 10 Hamilton (25-4 overall) advanced to the Sweet 16 after defeating Moravian College 83-72 in a 2019 championship second-round game in front of another raucous sellout crowd at the Continentals' Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Saturday night.
Hamilton needs one more victory to tie the program record of 26 set in 1990-91. The Continentals have a 49-9 record the last two seasons.
Two third-round games will be played on Friday, March 8, and the winners meet in a quarterfinal on Saturday, March 9. All three contests are at Hamilton. The quarterfinal winner advances to the national semifinals on Friday, March 15, in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Start times for Friday's games and Saturday's quarterfinal are to be determined. The nationally ranked No. 10 Continentals (25-4 overall) take on No. 9 Christopher Newport University (27-3) from Newport News, Va., in one of the Friday games. The other third round matchup pits No. 2 Whitman College (28-1) from Walla Walla, Wash., against No. 19 Williams College (22-6). Hamilton and Williams are members of the NESCAC.
The Continentals have advanced to the third round for the second straight year and the sixth time in program history. Hamilton's 25 wins are the second-highest total for a season in program history.