This Week: The Trinity College men's basketball team qualified for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Basketball Championship Tournament for the 15th time and the fourth year in a row after wrapping up the regular season last weekend. Trinity is seeded No. 5 in the eight-team field and will visit the No. 4-seeded Wesleyan University Cardinals on Saturday, February 18 at 3 p.m. in the quarterfinal round.
Trinity (15-9) at Wesleyan (19-5)
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Scouting the Cardinals: The Bantams finished the 2016-17 season with a 15-9 overall record and finished tied with the Cardinals for fourth place in the league with 6-4 mark against NESCAC opponents. Wesleyan earned the higher seed due to a 65-61 win against Trinity in January. Wesleyan enters the tournament having won eight of its last 10 while both teams are deadlocked at 2-2 in the head-to-head postseason contests.
- Trinity ranks first in the NESCAC in steals, averaging 9.0 per contest. The Bantams are also second in the league in rebounding margin, averaging 6.3 more rebounds per game than their opponents while yielding the fewest amount of points (65.5, 23rd in nation).
- Senior co-captain Chris Turnbull ranks third in the conference in three-point shooting, hitting 43.0% of his shots from beyond the arc. Turnbull had 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting last week against Hamilton and is second on the team in scoring this season (10.6 ppg).
- Senior co-captain Ed Ogundeko averaged 16.5 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game last week while shooting 51.9% from the floor. He ranks fourth in the conference in scoring (17.5 ppg), first in rebounding (11.4 rpg, 17th in nation) and fourth in field goal percentage (.572).
- Senior guard Langdon Neal leads the NESCAC lead with 2.8 steals per game (11th in nation) and is 10th in assists (3.4 per game). Neal is also averaging 7.4 points per game on just under 40% shooting from the floor.
- Junior Eric Gendron and sophomore Jeremy Arthur both averaged double-figures last weekend for Trinity. Gendron posted a 13.5 points per game averaged while Arthur averaged 14.0 points per contest, highlighted by his 19 against Middlebury on Saturday.