February 15, 2013

Bowdoin Basketball Teams Prep For NESCAC Quarterfinals at Tufts on Saturday

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's and women's basketball teams will play in NESCAC Quarterfinal games on Saturday afternoon at Tufts University.

The Polar Bear men are seeded fifth in the tournament and will play the fourth-seeded Jumbos at 2:00 p.m. The Bowdoin women are seeded eighth and will battle the top-seeded Tufts team at 4:00 p.m.

Tufts will provide live stats and video webcast coverage of both games at the links above.

Saturday's game will be the first-ever postseason meeting in men's basketball between Tufts (16-8, 7-3 NESCAC) and Bowdoin (14-9, 5-5 NESCAC). After falling to Williams and Middlebury in the opening weekend of conference play, the Jumbos proceeded to win 10 of their final 11 regular season contests. Their hot streak began with an 82-69 victory at Bowdoin on January 11. Tufts made its lone appearance in the conference championship game in 2006, falling in overtime to Amherst. The Jumbos have not moved out of the quarterfinal round since. Bowdoin secured the fifth position in the field with wins at Connecticut College and Wesleyan last weekend. The Polar Bears will be looking to advance to the semifinal round for the third time in program history and first since 2009. They fell to Trinity in the 2008 final.

The Bowdoin (13-10, 4-6 NESCAC) women's basketball team has more NESCAC titles to their credit than any other league team. In the 12 year history of the tournament, they have reached the final nine times and posted an impressive 28-4 mark. Bowdoin was dominant in the early years, capturing the first seven NESCAC championships from 2001-07 and added another title in 2009. They punched their ticket to this year's tournament with a 72-59 victory at Connecticut College on Sunday. Tufts (23-1, 9-1 NESCAC) took a 62-44 victory when the two teams met in Brunswick on January 11. The Jumbos also topped Bowdoin in last year's semifinal round after falling in three previous postseason meetings between the teams. One of those losses was a 64-48 setback in the 2007 final. Tufts also reached the title game in 2008.

Complete recaps of both games will be available on the Bowdoin website and www.nescac.com on Saturday.