HADLEY, Mass. - Four NESCAC teams will compete in the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship. Amherst received an automatic bid and will be joined by at-large qualifiers Hamilton, Middlebury, and Williams. The Mammoths earned an automatic bid by winning their eighth NESCAC title over the weekend. The NCAA Tournament gets underway on Friday, March 1 with first round games.
Amherst (23-4) will travel to Rochester and meet Rosemont (15-12) in the first round. The Mammoths are making their 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament after capturing the NESCAC title. Rosemont claimed its first CSAC Championship and is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
The Amherst/Rosemont winner will advance to the second round and face the winner of the first-round game between Rochester (20-4) and Farmingdale State (20-7). The Yellowjackets fell to Emory in the UAA Championship game, but earn an at-large berth for their 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Farmingdale State won its second Skyline Conference title in three years to gain an automatic bid to the NCAA field and is making its sixth trip to the NCAAs.
Hamilton (23-4) earns an at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament field for the second year in a row and 11th time overall. The Continentals will host first and second round games at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. Hamilton advanced to the NESCAC title game for the first time in program history with a victory over Tufts in the semifinals. Hamilton will meet Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Champions Penn St.-Behrend (23-4) in the first round. The Lions are making their eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Hamilton/Penn St.-Behrend winner will meet the winner of the Keene State (20-7)/Moravian (19-8) first-round game. Keene State won the Little East title for the third time in five years and is in the NCAA field for the sixth time overall. Moravian repeated as the Landmark Champion and reaches the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year and fourth time in program history.
Middlebury (18-7) earned the program's 10th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Panthers will travel to Rowan where they will face Nichols (25-2) in the first round. Middlebury, which is making its third straight trip to the NCAAs, fell in the NESCAC Quarterfinals but earned an at-large spot in the tournament field. The Bison are in the field for the third year in a row after winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship for the third straight season.
The Middlebury/Nichols winner will take on the winner of the host Rowan (21-6) and Emerson (16-11) in the second round. The Profs defeated New Jersey City University to claim the NJAC title for the 11th time to earn an automatic berth to the field. Emerson won the NEWMAC Championship for the first time in program history with a victory over WPI and is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Williams (20-6) was selected as an at-large team and will host first and second round games at Chandler Gymnasium. The Ephs are making their 17th overall NCAA appearance after advancing to the NESCAC Semifinals. Williams will play Husson (17-10), the Noth Atlantic Conference Champion, in the first round. The Eagles are making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, all since 2009.
The winner of the Williams/Husson contest will face the winner of the first-round game between Plattsburgh State (20-6) and Gwynedd Mercy (19-8). The Cardinals earned an at-large berth after falling in the SUNYAC Semifinals and are making their 11 trip to the NCAA Tournament. Gwynedd Mercy captured the Atlantic East title and is in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time.
Sixteen sites will host four teams for first and second-round competition Friday-Saturday, March 1-2. Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional-round sites March 8-9. Winners of the four sectional games will advance to the semifinals and finals March 15 and 16. All games, except the semifinals and finals, will be played on the campuses of competing institutions. The semifinals and finals will be conducted at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.