By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
Locations for the upcoming third round and quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball tournaments were announced earlier today.
The third round is scheduled to commence this Friday, March 10th, while the quarterfinals will take place Saturday, March 11th.
Amherst College women’s basketball will host both the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ and ‘Elite Eight’ – they’ll resume their quest for a second national title on Friday when they host Babson College, which earned a pair of impressive victories this past weekend against FDU-Florham and Messiah.
Against FDU-Florham, the Beavers needed an extra session, along with a go-ahead layup from Jacqueline Jozefick to secure a spot in this weekend’s third round.
Also headed to Amherst is UMass Dartmouth, an at-large bid squad that knocked off both Montclair State and La Roche. The Corsairs netted 71 points in each contest and will look to continue their magical run against SUNY New Paltz.
The Tufts University women’s basketball team will take on Scranton in Missouri – the game will be played at Washington University. A win for the Jumbos would set-up a quarterfinal clash between host Wash University or Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Middlebury College will host a trio of men’s games this coming weekend, beginning with a re-match of an earlier contest this season against Endicott College. The Gulls, who were an at-large bid to this year’s tournament, knocked off both Nichols and Salisbury en route to the program’s initial ‘sweet sixteen’ appearance. The Panthers, on the other hand, defeated Farmingdale State and Lycoming in Vermont.
Also making the trek to Middlebury is Williams College and Susquehanna. The Ephs earned a pair of wins this weekend, downing Becker College in the opening round before beating Scranton last night.
Babson College will also be the site for a trio of contests this weekend, too. The Beavers will face familiar foe Tufts University, while Keene State, which secured a dramatic overtime win over Ramapo, will face Christopher Newport. The winner of each contest will advance to Saturday’s Sectional Final.
Headed to Amherst College: Babson, UMass Dartmouth and SUNY New Paltz
Headed to Washington Univ.: Tufts, Scranton and Wisconsin Oshkosh
Headed to Middlebury: Endicott, Williams and Susquehanna
Headed to Babson: Christopher Newport, Keene State and Tufts