Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NEWMAC Conference Ranked 3rd Strongest in Nation

The NEWMAC Conference, which consists of #9 MIT, #18 WPI, undefeated Springfield College and Babson College, as well as Clark University, US Coast Guard Academy, and Wheaton College, is currently ranked the 3rd strongest conference in the nation by D3BasketballIndex. Through the month of November the conference boasts a record of 32-4.

View the rankings here:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

#9 MIT Takes Care of Emerson

The MIT Engineers, recently ranked #9 in the nation by, took care of Emerson this evening 89-57. Tech connected on 14 of 20 three-pointers, dished out 25 assists, and out-rebounded Emerson 30-13.

Junior Jamie Karraker goes up for the bucket (Pic: Tom Gearty)

MIT was led by senior Billy Bender with his third 20+ point outing in four games, as he nailed a blistering 6 three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He finished the night tying his career-high of 24 points along with 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists in 26 minutes of action.

Senior Billy Bender has been one the Conference's hottest players (Pic: Tom Gearty)

All-American Noel Hollingsworth registered 17 points in 24 minutes, connecting on all three of his treys, while All-Region big man Will Tashman filled the stat sheet with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.

Freshman Paul Dawson has shown why he is one of the best defenders in the region, and why the Engineers have a bright future (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Sharp-shooter Jamie Karraker connected on three three-pointers as well as All-Conference selection Mitchell Kates owned the show with 6 assists and 3 steals.

The Engineers moved up to #9 in the polls this week

Tech takes on Newbury College at their place on Thursday at 7pm.

MIT Jumps to #9 Ranking in Poll

The MIT Basketball team moved up to the #9 spot in this week's Top 25 poll. This is the second-highest ranking ever by the program, after being voted the 8th best team in the country during the 2009-2010 season. The entire Top 25 list:

Also voted to the Top 25 was NEWMAC rival WPI (#18), as well as fellow Northeast Region programs Williams (#7), Amherst (#3), and Middlebury (#2).

Tech takes on Emerson College tonight at 7PM EST. The game can be watched live here:

Monday, November 28, 2011

MIT Athletic Program Ranked 7th in Nation

MIT is currently ranked 7th out of all Division III programs after the Fall season for the Learfield Sports Director's Cup, which measures the overall success of collegiate athletic programs. Five of the top seven athletic programs are located in the Northeast. An updated set of rankings will be released December 8th.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

#10 MIT Wins 5th Straight

All-Region Junior Will Tashman notched his third straight double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds (Pic: Robert Krawitz)
The nationally ranked #10 MIT Engineers topped Suffolk University 81-59 this evening in Rockwell Cage to continue their perfect 5-0 season. Tech's defensive pressure led to 14 steals while offensively the reigning NEWMAC Champions shot a sizzling 71% from inside the arc.

The #10 Engineers are a perfect 5-0, with an average margin of victory of over 24 points (Pic: Robert Krawitz)
Two-time All-Conference selection Mitchell Kates led the show with 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Jamie Karraker, one of the nation's best three-point shooters, connected on four treys to reach 16 points on the night.

Former Northeast Rookie of the Year Mitchell Kates converts on a steal, 2 of his 22 points (Pic: Robert Krawitz)

Last year's All-Region big-man Will Tashman registered his third double-double in a row, tallying 14 points and 13 rebounds along with a game-high 4 assists, while All-American Noel Hollingsworth added 10 points in just 19 minutes of action.

6'8" high-flying freshman Matt Redfield throws down. Redfield also had three monster blocks on the night (Pic: Robert Krawitz)
MIT travels across the Charles River to face Emerson College on Tuesday at 7pm. Emerson is coached by former Boston College and Ohio State head coach Jim O'Brien.

MIT vs. Suffolk Highlights:

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Tune in on Saturday at 2pm Eastern as undefeated Tech takes on Suffolk University in Rockwell Cage.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MIT vs. Harvard Highlights

MIT takes on cross-town Division I Harvard in preseason tune-up. Harvard would go on to beat #20 Florida State University two weeks later.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sloan Undergraduate Program Ranked 9th in Nation

Bloomberg Businessweek recently announced its Best Undergraduate Business Schools of 2011, and MIT's Sloan was awarded as the 9th best in the country.

Despite the tough economic times, 90% of Sloan undergrads received job placements last year, with a median starting salary of $65,000.

Learn more here:

#10 MIT Handles Emmanuel 79-46

The MIT Basketball team, ranked as the 10th best team in the nation out of over 400 teams in Division III, took care of business against Emmanuel College tonight with a 79-46 win. Tech dished out an incredible 26 assists on 31 makes, held the Saints to just 26% shooting, and out-rebounded their opponents by 17.

Sharp-shooter Jamie Karraker was tenth in the nation last season in three-point field goals made (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Junior Jamie Karraker, one of the best three-point shooters in the nation last season, scorched the nets early on, nailing five trifectas in just 3 minutes. Karraker, who is averaging almost four three-pointers a game at 44%, went on to hit seven three's and led all scorers with 23 points.

Junior Dan Mccue, who has undergone five hip surgeries and was told he'd never play again by doctors, has played a major leadership role this year as captain (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Senior Billy Bender came off a career-night versus RPI to fill the stat-sheet again with 21 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals, while All-Region big-man Will Tashman notched his second double-double in a row with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Former Regional Rookie of the Year Mitchell Kates led the efficient offense again, dishing out 8 assists on the night, while All-American Noel Holllingsworth, drawing double and triple teams that left other teammates open, grabbed 9 caroms off the glass.

The Engineers take Thursday off for Thanksgiving, then meet Suffolk University at home on Saturday at 2pm.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Hollingsworth Garners Conference Player of the Week Honors

Noel Hollingsworth shoots a free-throw against RPI on Saturday, dominating the game with 28 points and 15 rebounds (Pic: Shri Ganeshram)

Preseason 1st-Team All-American Noel Hollingsworth earned the NEWMAC's first Player of the Week award this season after a stellar opening to his junior campaign (Hollingsworth is a senior academically but a junior eligibility wise).  The former Conference Player of the Year averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds over the last week, as the #10 Engineers went undefeated in their three games.

The 6'9" center from Utah is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major at MIT, and plans on staying another season to earn his master's and use his final year of eligibility.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

#10 MIT Wins "Battle of the Engineers"

The #10 MIT Engineers dominated visiting RPI Engineers 104-75 this afternoon in Rockwell Cage. After a slow start, Tech would go on to score their most points in a game in 20 years. RPI, a 17-8 team last season, pressured MIT throughout the game, but couldn't keep up with Tech's 60 points inside the paint.

6'8" Northeast All-Region big-man Will Tashman is averaging 15 ppg and 10 rpg through three games (Pic: Shri Ganeshram)

MIT had three players score over twenty points, including All-American Noel Hollingsworth with 28 points and 15 rebounds on 12-of-14 shooting. Senior Billy Bender tied a career-high of 24 points, along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and All-Region performer Will Tashman dropped in 23 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Two-time All-Conference selection and former Northeast Region Rookie of the Year Mitchell Kates runs the show (Pic: Shri Ganeshram)

Mitchell Kates led the way at point again dishing out 9 assists with 3 steals, and sharp-shooter Jamie Karraker netted 12 points in just 18 minutes.  MIT out-rebounded RPI by 22 as they move to 3-0 on the season.

Head Coach Larry Anderson in his 17th season at MIT (Pic: Shri Ganeshram)

Tech next travels across the river to Emmanuel College on Tuesday for 7:00pm EST tip-off.

Friday, November 18, 2011

#10 MIT Takes Down Gordon 70-38

The nationally ranked #10 MIT Men's Basketball team took down Gordon College last night in Rockwell Cage 70-38. Tech handled Gordon, conference champions and an NCAA tournament team two years ago, both inside and out, as the Engineers shot 50% from three and 51% from the field to move to 2-0 on the season.

MIT's stifling defense held Gordon to just 14 first-half points (Photo: Shri Ganeshram)

Preseason 1st Team All-American Noel Hollingsworth poured in a game-high 15 points along with 5 boards, 2 assists, and 2 blocks in 23 minutes of action, while fellow All-Region big-man Will Tashman added 9 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assist, 3 steals and a block.

Head Coach Larry Anderson, looking for his fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance  (Photo: Shri Ganeshram)

All-Conference point guard Mitchell Kates added 10 points, 4 steals, and 3 assists in 21 minutes, as he shared time with freshman Paul Dawson, who swarmed Gordon's point guards the length of the court. Billy Bender, Dan Mccue, and Will Dickson added 9, 7, and 6 points respectively.

6'8" freshman Andrew Acker posts up as 6'8" Will Dickson and 6'7" Dennis Levene get in position  (Photo: Shri Ganeshram)

Tech held Gordon to 30% shooting on the night and 0% from three, while out-rebounding their oppnent 35-26. MIT takes on RPI in the "Battle of the Engineers" this Saturday at 2pm in Rockwell Cage.