Ephs move up to 5th in D3Hoops.com National Poll

Troy Whittington '11
Troy Whittington '11

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Tonight the Williams College men's basketball team (17-1/4-0 NESCAC) will take the court in Saratoga Springs, NY tonight to battle the Thoroughbreds of Skidmore College (9-6/3-2 Liberty League) in their final non-conference regular season game, ranked fifth in the D3Hoops.com national poll.

Head coach Mike Maker has guided Williams to 47 wins in their last 50 games and his record in his third year in Williamstown is a sparkling 64-12 (.842).

The Ephs have held opponents to 60.5 points a game and hold a plus 8 advantage on the glass. The opposition is hitting on only 36% of its field goal attempts (402-1109) and 29.9% on threes (109-364).

Maker's free flowing European style attack has created some impressive shooting numbers for the purple. From the floor the Ephs are just under 50% (524-1050, .499). From beyond the arc Williams connects on 40.4% (199-493) and from the charity stripe the Ephs are hit on 81% (269-332).

Last Saturday junior guard James Wang reached the 1,000-point plateau and he currently leads the Ephs in scoring with 17.9 a game. Second in scoring, despite missing four contests, is senior Troy Whittington who averages 16.7, while sophomore sharpshooter James Klemm contributes 12.4 a contest.

Three NESCAC teams are ranked in the top six in the D3Hoops.com national poll with Middlebury (4th), Williams (5th) and Amherst (6th).

After Skidmore tonight the 5th-ranked Ephs will host 4th-ranked Middlebury in Chandler Gym on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in a contest that will have post-season implications.

 

D3Hoops.com National Poll

#    School (1st votes)       Rec     Pts   Prev.

1    Wooster (21)                  18-0    621     1

2    Whitworth (3)                 17-0    585     3

3    Augustana (1)                 17-0    553     8

4    Middlebury                      15-0    542     5

5    Williams                          17-1    515     6

6    Amherst                          16-0    482     9

7    Virginia Wesleyan             16-1    478     2

8    St. Thomas                      15-1    451     4

9    Randolph-Macon               16-2    443    10

10   UW-River Falls                 16-2    416    11

11   Wabash                          15-2    394     7

12   UW-Stevens Point           15-3    365    12

13   St. Norbert                    13-3    299    15

14   WPI                              15-3    273    18

15   Western Connecticut      15-2    272    19

16   St. Mary's (Md.)            14-4    196    13

17   Centre                         13-3    173    24

18   Eastern Mennonite        13-4    140    14

19   Ferrum                        16-2    127    23

20   Illinois Wesleyan          13-4    115    16

21   Chapman                    16-3    109    25

22   Franklin and Marshall   13-4     92    --

23   Marietta                     15-2     79    --

24   Lewis and Clark          14-3     59    --

25   Ramapo                     15-4     56    20

 

Dropped out: No. 17 Hanover, No. 21 Brandeis, No. 22 Ithaca.

Others receiving votes: Becker 53, Scranton 32, Hanover 31, Concordia (Wis.) 29, Mary Hardin-Baylor 27, Wittenberg 24, Anderson 15, Emory 12, Brandeis 11, Wheaton (Ill.) 11, UW-Whitewater 10, Ithaca 8, MIT 6, Manchester 5, Eastern Connecticut 4, Kean 3, La Roche 3, Hobart 2, Penn State-Behrend 2, Randolph 1, Rochester 1.

The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.

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