Ephs now 2nd in D3Hoops.com national poll

James Klemm '13
James Klemm '13

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Williams College men's basketball team (21-1/ 7-0 NESCAC) will close out the regular season this weekend at home ranked second in the nation by D3hoops.com.

Topping the poll is Whitworth College, the first team from the Pacific region to attain the top spot in the D3Hoops.com poll.

Friday night at 6:00 Williams will host Trinity (13-9/ 4-3 NESCAC) and Saturday the Ephs regular season finale will have them tangling with archrival Amherst at 2:00 p.m. Amherst, ranked third in the poll is 20-0/7-0 in NESCAC and the Lord Jeffs host Brandeis tonight before heading to Middlebury (ranked 7th) Friday night.

Williams and Amherst have already secured home court in the first round of NESCAC Tournament play slated to begin on Feb. 19, but both are shooting to come out on top of the NESCAC regular season standings and be in position to host the semifinals and finals of the NESCAC Tournament.

The Ephs can ill afford to look past an improving Trinity team that will also be looking to secure a home court first round NESCAC game and gain momentum for the NESCAC Tourney. The task is tall fro Trinity this weekend though as they are matching up against two nationally ranked opponents. Trinity will be at Middlebury on Saturday.

Junior guard James Wang leads the Ephs in scoring (17.8) minutes (30.1) and assists (88) this season. Senior Troy Whittington is the Ephs top rebounder (9.3) and top shot blocker (33) and averages 17.1 points a game.

Sophomore forward James Klemm also averages in double figures for the Ephs contributing 12.1 points a night.

Since dropping their only game of the season in Amherst on January 8th the Ephs have held all eight opponents to 66 points or less in building their current 8-game win streak.

 

Fans are reminded that on Saturday at the Williams-Amherst hoops doubleheader
the Williams SAAC and the Eph football team will be soliciting cash donations under
their "Dunking Dollars" program to assist the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

 

D3Hoops.com National Poll

#   School (1st votes)   Rec   Pts   Prev.

1   Whitworth (19)           21-0   616    2

2   Williams (2)                21-1   573    4

3   Amherst (3)                20-0   556    5

4   Wooster (1)                20-1   552    1

5   Augustana                  20-1   522    3

6   Virginia Wesleyan        19-1   503    6

7   Middlebury                 18-1   491    8

8   UW-Stevens Point       18-3   432   10

9   St. Thomas                18-2   409    7

10  UW-River Falls           19-3   391    9

11  Randolph-Macon        19-3   380   11

12  WPI                          18-3   350   13

13  Wabash                     17-4   339   15

14  Western Conn            19-2   290   14

15  St. Mary's (Md.)         18-4   256   16

16  Eastern Mennonite     16-4   223   18

17  St. Norbert                16-4   209   12

18  Marietta                    19-2   181   20

19  Ferrum                     19-2   178   19

20  Chapman                  18-3   138   21

21  Franklin & Marshall    17-4   129   22

22  Ramapo                    17-4   105   23

23  Illinois Wesleyan        15-5    68   24

24  Centre                      15-4    49   17

25  Wittenberg                15-5    44   25

Dropped out: None.

Others receiving votes: Rochester 41, Concordia (Wis.) 16, Emory 16, Becker 13, Manchester 13, Mary Hardin-Baylor 12, Penn State-Behrend 8, Hope 7, Lewis and Clark 6, Oswego State 4, St. John Fisher 2, Hanover 1, North Carolina Wesleyan 1, Wesley 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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