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Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: NESCAC Quarterfinals

Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: NESCAC Quarterfinals

This Week: The Trinity College men's basketball team enter the week with a 15-9 overall record ahead of the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament this weekend. The Bantams qualified for the tournament for the 16th time and the fifth year in a row. Trinity, seeded No. 7 in the eight-team field, will visit the No. 2-seeded Williams College Ephs on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Match-ups:
Trinity (15-9) at Williams (19-5)
Friday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Lasell Gymnasium
Williamstown, Massachusetts
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History versus Williams: Trinity is just 31-59 against Williams in the all-time series, dating back to the winter of 1906-07.

Last meeting against the Ephs: The Bantams fell to the Ephs earlier this season by a score of 75-58 in Hartford. Williams shot over 47% from the floor and over 44% from beyond the arc.

Scouting the Ephs: The Ephs are the No. 2 seed for the fifth time overall and first time since 2014. Williams suffered just one loss in its first nine games of the year and finished the regular season with an 8-2 mark over its final 10 games. The Ephs lead the conference in field goal percentage (47.2%) and have the best defense in the NESCAC with 62.9 points per game allowed. Last year's NESCAC Runner-Up, Williams has won four NESCAC Championships, with the last title coming in 2010.

Game Notes:
- Trinity is averaging 71.1 points per game while allowing just 64.8 (17th in nation) and holding opponents to a 37.7% shooting clip (4th in nation). The Bantams are averaging 4.3 blocks per contest (4th in NESCAC), 7.0 steals (5th in NESCAC) and pulling down 38.1 rebounds per contest. The Bantams also are the second-best team in the conference when it comes to forcing turnovers (15.0 forced per game) and are fifth in assists (16.0 apg). 

- Junior Jeremy Arthur leads the squad in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game while shooting over 43% from the floor. Arthur is also tied for third on the team in rebounding (4.1 rpg), behind senior co-captain Eric Gendron (4.3 rpg) who is averaging 11.2 points per contest, good for second on the team. 

- Sophomore Kyle Padmore scored a season-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting against Tufts. The second-year player also pulled down five boards, tied for his second-most this season.  

- Sophomore Christian Porydzy ranks fourth in the league in assists (3.5 apg) and 10th in steals (1.3 spg). Porydzy is third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.7 points per contest and is shooting over 40% from floor this year. 

- Trinity rookie Donald Jorden Jr. had 10 points and six rebounds at Bates and eight points with four rebounds versus Tufts last weekend. He shot 90 percent from the field (9-for-10) in the two games. Jorden has come on strong of late, averaging 9.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game over his last four games.