MEDFORD - The Tufts University men's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" for the second straight year and third time overall.
Head coach Bob Sheldon's Jumbos (22-6) will play local rival and NCAA Sectional host Babson College (27-2) in the third round of the tournament on Friday (Mar. 10) at 8 p.m. The other "Sweet 16" contest at Babson features Christopher Newport University (27-2) taking on Keene State College (21-9), which will tip off at 5 p.m. The winner of Friday's games will meet on Saturday at 7 p.m. for a berth to the "Final Four" on March 17 in Salem, Virginia.
Video webcasts of all three games will be available at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/babson/. Links to live stats will also be available soon.
For those fans planning on going to the games, tickets for each session are $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and children. The gym will be cleared out between games on Friday night.
Tufts, #14 in the latest D3hoops.com national poll, advanced to the "Sweet 16" by winning twice at the NCAA Regional hosted by St. John Fisher College. Tufts defeated Salem State 84-81 on Friday night in the opening round with freshman Eric Savage submitting 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. On Saturday, junior Vincent Pace poured in 37 points as Tufts elminated the host Cardinals 94-81. Pace's output was the most points in a game at Tufts since Pierce Larsson went for 37 against Plymouth State on December 4, 2008.
The #3 Beavers, who are one of just two teams to advance to the Sweet 16 in each of the last three seasons, hosted an NCAA Regional last weekend and had wins over Husson (92-76) and Skidmore (72-65). Senior Joey Flannery led the Beavers in both games with 28 points versus Husson and 25 against Skidmore.
The Jumbos hosted an NCAA Sectional last year at Cousens Gym and advanced to the "Elite 8" before they were eliminated. Tufts is seeking its first-ever berth into the "Final Four" this weekend. The Jumbos are 8-4 overall in NCAA Tournament games.
Babson defeated Tufts, 91-78, to win the Big 4 Challenge title back on December 4 at Brandeis University.
The Christopher Newport Captains, who have won 21 straight games and are #2 in the D3hoops poll, reached the Division III "Final Four" last season. Keene State's Owls are back in the "Sweet 16" for the second year in a row after outlasting fifth-ranked Ramapo College, 92-91, in overtime on Saturday.
Materials from Babsonathletics.com used in this release