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Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: NESCAC Semifinals

Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: NESCAC Semifinals

This Week: The Trinity College Bantams won a thriller at Wesleyan in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Basketball Championship Quarterfinals last weekend to advance to this weekend's semifinals matchup on Saturday. Trinity, the No. 5 seed in the tournament, will face No. 2 seed Middlebury at Tufts University with the winner moving on to Sunday's championship game.

Match-up:
Trinity (16-9) v. Middlebury (22-3)
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Cousens Gymnasium
Medford, Massachusetts
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Scouting the Panthers: The Panthers, ranked No. 9 in the country, come into the matchup having dropped just three games all season. Middlebury is the most prolific scoring offense in the conference, averaging 88.0 points per game. The Panthers defeated the Bantams, 97-80, just two weeks ago in Trinity's second to last game of the regular season, played in Vermont. This is the second straight year the two teams have met in the NESCAC semifinals after the Panthers downed Trinity, 70-58, in Oosting Gymnasium last year in the semis.

Game Notes:
- Trinity ranks first in the NESCAC in steals, averaging 8.8 per contest. The Bantams are also second in the league in rebounding margin, averaging 6.5 more rebounds per game than their opponents while yielding the fewest amount of points (64.9, T16th in nation).

- Senior co-captain Chris Turnbull ranks third in the conference in three-point shooting, hitting 42.4% of his shots from beyond the arc. Turnbull had 12 points and six rebounds in last week's quarterfinals win against Wesleyan.

- Senior co-captain Ed Ogundeko pulled down 13 rebounds against Wesleyan but managed just eight points as he struggled for most of the game. Despite his struggles, Ogundeko won the game for Trinity with his shot in the paint with one second remaining which gave Trinity its first lead of the game. He ranks fifth in the conference in scoring (17.1 ppg), first in rebounding (11.5 rpg, 17th in nation) and sixth in field goal percentage (.559).

- Senior guard Langdon Neal leads the NESCAC lead with 2.7 steals per game (12th in nation) and is 10th in assists (3.3 per game). Neal is also averaging 7.4 points per game on just under 40% shooting from the floor.

- Junior Eric Gendron scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, including six in a row to turn a 47-41 Trinity deficit into a 47-47 tie, late in the game against the Cardinals. Gendron is averaging 10.6 points per game this season on 43.2% shooting from the floor.