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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
Welcome to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Basketball Tournament, everyone!
This weekend, the NESCAC will have 16 teams in action with eight of them advancing to next weekend’s semifinal and championship round.
Before we tip-off, this weekend’s quarterfinals, allow us to dish out some picks for all eight quarterfinals.
No. 8 Tufts University at No. 1 Middlebury College: The Jumbos beat the Panthers weeks ago, but this is a different Middlebury team they will be seeing in the opening round of the NESCAC Tournament. A win for Middlebury would secure them a home semifinal game next week and perhaps a championship tilt, too. PREDICTION: Middlebury College
No. 7 Colby College at No. 2 Hamilton College: The Continentals capped their season with a win over Amherst earlier this week, which should provide them enough momentum to get past the Mules in round one. PREDICTION: Hamilton College
No. 6. Wesleyan University at No. 3 Amherst College: The Cardinals have only won one game this month, so this is basically a win or go home situation for Wesleyan. Amherst will look to rebound from a recent loss to Hamilton from earlier this week. PREDICTION: Amherst College
No. 5 Trinity College at No. 4 Williams College: This is not an ideal first-round match-up for the Ephs, who did find a way to beat the Bantams earlier this season. Trinity capped its regular season with four-straight wins, including an early February victory over Wesleyan, which may help them get past the Purple and Yellow in Williamstown. PREDICTION: Trinity College
No. 8 Connecticut College at No. 1 Bowdoin College: The Camels will provide the Polar Bears with some challenges but in the end, the best team in both the region and country will prevail. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College
No. 7 Wesleyan University at No. 2 Amherst College: A win for the Mammoths would provide the squad with their third-straight win over the Cardinals this season. PREDICTION: Amherst College
No. 6 Williams College at No. 3 Tufts University: Since falling to Amherst earlier this month, the Jumbos have rebounded with a trio of wins, including a pair of league victories. They have enough momentum to secure a date with Amherst in the semifinal round next Saturday. PREDICTION: Tufts University
No. 5 Middlebury College at No. 4 Trinity College: The Bantams outlasted the Panthers, 59-55, last month and should once again find a way past Middlebury on their home court. PREDICTION: Trinity College
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