Monday, March 1, 2010

MIT Earns NCAA At-Large Bid

Once again, the MIT men's basketball team made history, although the Tech faithful needed to sweat it out until the very end. The Engineers were the last team named as CBS and the NCAA announced the NCAA Division III Tournament bracket during Monday morning's selection show. MIT is at the bottom right of the bracket and will travel to Wayne , NJ, to face Freedom Conference champion DeSales University (22-5). Nationally-ranked No. 10 William Paterson (25-2) out of the NJAC will host the first and second round pod, and will face GNAC champ Albertus Magnus (22-6) in the opening round.

Click here for a look at the complete bracket: NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship

The Engineers were one of 19 at-large (or Pool C) selections for this year's tournament. Its the first at-large bid for the MIT men's basketball team in the history of the NCAA Championships, and marks MIT's second consecutive appearance.

MIT will have the chance to face NEWMAC champion Clark Univerity if both teams can advance to the Sweet 16. The Cougars also have a difficult road as they travel to Reading, PA, to face the Albright Lions (21-5). Two nationally-ranked teams complete their pod as No. 18 Randolph-Macon and No. 21 Cabrini meet in the first round.

The opening round games are slated for March 4 and 5. Dates and times for the first round have not yet been announced. Check back to for additional coverage leading up to the Engineers' first-round game.