Ephs top D3Hoops.com poll; host #3 Middlebury, #7 Amherst & Trinity in NESCAC semis and finals this weekend

Nate Robertson '13
Nate Robertson '13

MINNEAPOLIS -- According to the latest D3Hoops.com rankings, three of the top seven teams in the nation will be in Williamstown this weekend to battle for the 2011 NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship.

Host Williams, just took over the top spot in the poll due to a Whitworth last week, will enter the tournament at 24-1 on the year. The Ephs lone loss came at Amherst on January 8th, 92-89 in OT.

Third ranked Middlebury is sporting a 23-1 record this season and the Panthers' lone loss of the year came in Williamstown to the Ephs, 69-64.

Amherst is ranked seventh and the Lord Jeffs sport a season ledger of 22-2, having won their first 21 games on the year, but losing 69-61 at Middlebury and 74-70 at Williams to close out the regular season.

The combined records of the three ranked NESCAC teams is a whopping 69-4.

The fourth team the semifinals to contest for the title this weekend is a rapidly improving Trinity team, which is 14-11, but has won four of its last six. Trinity defeated Tufts last weekend by 23 to advance to the semifinals.

Saturday's pairings will find Williams taking on Trinity at 2:00 p.m. in Chandler Gym followed at 4:00 p.m. by the Middlebury vs. Amherst clash.

Saturday's winners will meet at noon on Sunday in Chandler Gym in the NESCAC championship game.

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This isthe first time since the 2003-04 season that Williams has been number one in the D3Hoops.com poll. The Ephs received 18 first place votes in taking over the top spot in this weeks poll. Six New England teams are ranked this week.

 

D3Hoops.com National Poll
#    School (1st votes)         Rec    Pts   Prev.

1    Williams (18)                 24-1    617     2

2    Whitworth (6)                24-1    576     1

3    Middlebury                    23-1    571     4

4    UW-Stevens Point (1)     22-3    546     6

5    Wooster                        23-2    540     5

6    Augustana                     22-2    490     3

7    Amherst                        22-2    475     8

8    Randolph-Macon            21-4    426     9

9    St. Thomas                   22-3    413    11

10   Virginia Wesleyan         22-3    403     7

11   Eastern Mennonite        21-4    381    14

12   WPI                             21-4    303    10

13   Marietta                       22-3    285    13

14   Rochester                    20-4    240    22

15   Chapman                     21-3    226    16

16   Wabash                       19-5    225    18

17   Western Connecticut     21-4    224    20

18   St. Mary's (Md.)           20-5    214    19

19   Franklin and Marshall   20-5    134    15

20   St. Norbert                 18-5    122    24

21   Concordia (Wis.)         22-3    115    25

22   UW-River Falls            19-6     96    12

23   Becker                       22-3     85    --

24   Oswego State             22-3     63    --

25   Ramapo                     20-5     59    --

Dropped out: No. 17 Wittenberg, No. 21 Ferrum, No. 23 Centre.

Others receiving votes: Ferrum 55, Texas-Dallas 51, Manchester 43, Penn State-Behrend 34, Centre 23, La Roche 19, Hope 17, Wittenberg 16, Carleton 8, Ithaca 8, North Carolina Wesleyan 7, North Central (Ill.) 5, Emory 4, New Jersey City 3, UW-Whitewater 2, Salem State 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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