Men's Basketball Heads to Amherst For NESCAC Quarters Saturday

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team has earned the eighth seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will travel to top-seeded Amherst for a quarterfinal game on Saturday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m.

The game will be carried live on the Northeast Sports Network.

Bowdoin returns to the NESCAC Championship following a one-year hiatus and is the No. 8 seed for the first time since 2011 and fourth time overall. Trinity, Bowdoin and Bates all finished with identical conference records of 4-6. In head-to-head competition, the three teams all went 1-1, and all three teams won four conference games. In comparing records against the teams in the top four, including all teams tied for 4th, Trinity went 2-3, Bowdoin went 1-4, and Bates went 0-5. As a result, Trinity is the No. 7 seed and Bowdoin earned the No. 8 seed. The Polar Bears started the season with a 6-0 record, but went 1-4 in the final five games of the regular season. Bowdoin owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference (38.3%), and ranks second in both field goal (46.8%) and free throw percentage (74.6%). The Polar Bears also rank second in the NESCAC in assists, averaging 17.0 helpers per contest. 

Amherst (16-8, 7-3 NESCAC) finished in a tie for first place with Hamilton, Middlebury, Wesleyan and Williams. The Mammoths earned key wins over the Panthers and Ephs on the final weekend of regular season to post a 3-1 record against the other teams tied at the top, to grab the No. 1 seed. The Mammoths are the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2014 and the ninth time overall. Amherst started the year 7-1, struggled in the middle of the season, but closed out the regular season winning seven of its final nine games. The Mammoths own the best rebounding margin in the league at +11.5 and rank second overall in rebounds per game (45.7). Amherst is also holding opponents to 36.8 shooting from the field, which is second best in the conference.

Complete coverage of the game will be available at GoUBears.com