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Trinity Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: NCAA Tournament First Round (Colby-Sawyer)

Trinity Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: NCAA Tournament First Round (Colby-Sawyer)

Trinity Men's Basketball Weekly Preview

This Week: The Trinity College men's basketball team received an at large berth into the NCAA Tournament on Monday. During the live selection show Trinity received hosting duties for the opening weekend of action in the national tournament. The Bantams will take on Colby-Sawyer and the other contest in Hartford will feature Eastern Connecticut State and Salisbury. On Friday, ECSU and Salisbury will play at 5:30 p.m. followed by Trinity and the Chargers at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are six dollar for adults and three dollars for students. The two winners will meet Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Match-up:
NCAA Tournament First Round
Trinity (20-6)
vs. Colby-Sawyer (19-6)
Friday, Mar. 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Stan Ogrodnik Court inside Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Conn.

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Last Meeting with the Chargers: Trinity won the only other meeting between the two teams in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002.

Scouting Colby-Sawyer: The Chargers won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) for the first time since joining the league in 2011-12. Colby-Sawyer has won eight of the last nine games and will enter the tournament on a three-game winning streak. The team is led by junior Peter Donato who was named NAC Player and Defensive Player of the Year. He averages 14.7 points and 6.8 boards per game, while also leading the team with 36 blocks. Junior Wol Majong was named NAC MVP and NAC Second Team and is second on the team with 14.2 points per game.

Game Notes:
- The men's basketball team is making its eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament, advancing for the first time since 2008.
- Trinity clinched the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament with a 9-1 mark in league play during the regular season. It marked the third time in program history and the first time since 2002 the Bantams sat atop the standings heading into the postseason. The Bantams took the regular season crown by two games as Bowdoin and Bates finished tied for second with a 7-3 record in conference play.
- The Bantams are receiving votes in the latest D3Hoops.com poll. Trinity is one of two NESCAC teams represented in the poll as Bates also received votes. The Bantams have received votes in the poll eight times this winter.
- Last week, four Bantams scored in double figures as Trinity fell to eventual conference champion Wesleyan, 55-52, in the NESCAC Semifinals. Senior center George Papadeas had 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Bantams. The big man was a force in the post as he pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. Senior guard Hart Gliedman also poured in 12 points for Trinity on 4-of-6 shooting, highlighted by knocking down 2-of-3 attempts from three-point range.
- This season, the Trinity balanced offensive attack has seen three or players score in double figures in a game 20 times. Trinity is 6-1 this winter when four or more players scored at least 10 points.
- Trinity is 2-0 in overtime games this season and is 8-3 in front of its home crowd this season.
- The Bantams enter the NCAA Tournament leading the NESCAC in scoring defense this year, surrendering just over 63 points per game. Trinity also ranks second in the league in both rebounding margin (+7.8) and is tied for tops in the NESCAC in field goal percentage defense (38.3 %).
- Since losing at Cortland State in the Cortaca Classic on November 22, Trinity has won 17 of 21 games, highlighted by its current six-game winning streak. During that stretch, the squad have won six games by double figures.
- Trinity started the year with back-to-back games scoring at least 80 points for the first time under fifth-year Head Coach James Cosgrove. The last time the Bantams opened a season with two straight games scoring 80 or more points was during the 2004-05 campaign.

NCAA Tournament Bracket

Watch the Selection Show