Thursday, July 5, 2012

MIT Announces Incoming Freshman Class

The MIT Men's Basketball Team has announced their incoming freshman class.  More information here:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Associate Head Coach Kevin Byrne Tabbed to Lead Ohio Northern University

MIT's Associate Head Coach Kevin Byrne has been named as the Head Coach of the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears of the Ohio Athletic Conference.  Byrne, an Akron, Ohio native, becomes just the 7th coach in the school's history.  More from the ONU website.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Team, Alumni, and Fans Celebrate MIT Season

On April 21, the MIT Basketball team, alumni, family, friends, and fans joined together to celebrate another historic season at the annual MIT Basketball Banquet. Held at the MIT Faculty Club overlooking the Charles River, the keynote speaker this year was Mark Attanasio, owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. Coaches and players reflected on the past year, and awards were given to the team, including their NCAA Semifinalist trophies.

Head Coach Larry Anderson

Senior Dan Mccue

Milwaukee Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio

The 2011-2012 MIT Basketball Award winners:

MVP - Mitchell Kates
Jack Barry Award  - Will Tashman (given to the student-athlete who demonstrates most what MIT Basketball stands for)
Best Defensive Player - Billy Bender
Rookie of the Year - Paul Dawson
Most Improved - Andrew Acker

Captains for the 2012-2013 Season
Noel Hollingsworth
Mitchell Kates
Will Tashman
Jamie Karraker

The NCAA Semifinalist Individual Trophies

The NCAA Semifinalist Team Trophy, as well as championship memorabilia from MIT's Final Four appearance
The view from the MIT Faculty Club

Saturday, April 21, 2012

MIT Ranked 4th Best Athletics Program in Nation

The MIT Athletics program is currently in 4th place in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup, which measures overall athletic programs in Division III. MIT witnessed one of the greatest winter seasons in the Institute's history, including the men's basketball team's historic Final Four performance.

Read more here:

Saturday, April 14, 2012

MIT Athletics Hosts Annual Kids Day, Celebrates NCAA Division III Week

The MIT Student Athletic Advisory Committee and MIT Athletics teamed up last week for the national NCAA Division III Week. One of the events included hosting 100 sixth-graders from a nearby school in a day of athletic events. The MIT Basketball squad has participated in the annual Kids Day celebration every year.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

USA Today: "Brains + Tech = The New Cool"

MIT and the MIT Basketball team were featured in a recent photo gallery by USA Today.

Read more here:

"MIT guard Mitchell Kates has established himself as one of the nation's top players. MIT does not give out athletic scholarships, and students compete for the love of the game. This year, the Engineers competing in the Div III basketball Final Four had to study on the road and take exams early in some cases" 

"As more Americans use technology and depend increasingly on the skills of those who know how to make their gadgets work, the image of the socially inept brainiac is slowly being dispelled to reveal a new portrait: Geeks are cool"

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Head Coach Larry Anderson Earns National Man of the Year Award

Head Coach Larry Anderson has produced 92 wins over the last four seasons (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Head Coach Larry Anderson, coming off the best season in MIT history with a 29-2 record and trip to the Final Four, has earned the Man of the Year award presented by The award was presented to Anderson in New Orleans, the site of this year's Division I Final Four. Anderson, in his 17th season, was also a finalist for the National Coach of the Year after earning both Conference Coach of the Year and Northeast Region Coach of the Year accolades.

Read more here:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

MIT Spring Career Fair on Thursday

MIT is hosting its annual Spring Career Fair for those students who are still seeking summer internship and employment opportunities. Dozens of companies will be on hand to meet with the MIT student body. MIT's main career fair is during the fall, when over 350 companies and organizations flock to the MIT campus to offer jobs.

Read more about the MIT Career Fair here:

Saturday, March 31, 2012

MIT Lands Three on ECAC All-Star Teams

The MIT Basketball squad landed three student-athletes out of the ten possible spots for the ECAC New England All-Star 1st and 2nd Teams. 6'9" Noel Hollingsworth and All-American Mitchell Kates earned 1st-Team Honors, while 6'8" big-man Will Tashman earned a spot on the 2nd Team. All three starters will return for the 2012-2013 season.

Read more here:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

MIT Tops in Academic Rankings Again

Times Higher Education:
#2 University in World

US News and World Report (Graduate School Rankings):
1st - Engineering
1st - Supply Chain/Logistics (Sloan)
1st - Production/Operations (Sloan)
1st - Information Systems (Sloan)
1st - Mathematics
1st - Earth Sciences
1st - Chemistry
1st - Physics
1st - Computer Science
1st - Chemical Engineering
1st - Materials Engineering
1st - Computer Engineering
1st - Electrical Engineering
1st - Economics

2nd - Biological Sciences
2nd - Mechanical Engineering
2nd - Aeronautics and Astronautics
2nd - Nuclear Engineering

4th - Business School (Sloan)
4th - Entreprenuership (Sloan)

5th - Finance (Sloan)
5th - Biomedical Engineering

9th - Political Science

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Statistically Speaking: Record Breaking Season

The 2011-12 MIT Basketball Team has certainly established itself as arguably one of the most prolific MIT squads of all time.  The team's most important accomplishments are undoubtedly the first ever MIT sweep of the NEWMAC regular and post season championships and first ever trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four.  However, this year's team has broken many other marks, both collectively and individually.  We break them down below:

2011-2012 Team Records (Single Season)

CategoryNew MarkOld MarkYear
Winning %93.582.61966-67
Fewest Losses241961-62
Consecutive Wins16131961-62
Most Points232922002008-09
Field Goals Made8437841965-66

2011-2012 Individual All-Time Records
PlayerCategoryNew MarkOld Mark
Single Game
(12/6/11 vs. UMB)
(multiple times)
Single Game
(11/22/11 vs. Emmanuel)
(12/14/11 vs. Wheelock)
(Andrew Tsai,
(Andrew Tsai,
(Andrew Tsai,
(Jimmy Bartolotta,
(Zach Inman,
(Jimmy Bartolotta,

Other Notable Milestones:

Category Rank
Noel HollingsworthSeason
Jamie KarrakerCareer
Mitchell KatesCareer
Will TashmanCareer

*Player has eligibility remaining, so career mark may change.

MIT Assistant Coach Bill Johnson Travels to Malaysia with Australian Team

2nd-year Assistant Coach Bill Johnson '10 is currently participating in the Sultan Azlan Shah International Basketball Tournament in Malaysia with a semi-professional team from Australia, the Gold Coast Authentic All-Stars. The 6'8" swingman is starting for the club, and scored 12 points in 16 minutes in their opening round win over the Singapore National "B" Team.

Johnson, a 1,000-point scorer and member of the memorable '08-'09 MIT squad, recently had professional stints in Costa Rica and Iceland. He is pursuing a similar endeavor in Australia during MIT's offseason. 

You can follow Johnson and his adventures on his blog:

Bill Johnson '10 and Jimmy Bartolotta '09 suited up with each other recently in Iceland's professional league

Saturday, March 24, 2012

More Pictures of MIT in the Final Four

Photos by Tom Gearty:

The #3 ranked MIT Engineers prepare for battle against UW-Whitewater

High-flying Freshman Matt Redfield soars through the air during warm-ups

Assistant Coach Rob DiBernardo prepares Tech on the court

Senior Dan Mccue

MIT came into Salem with a 29-1 record

All-American Mitchell Kates during introductions

Senior Billy Bender, with a fractured orbital, pushed back his surgery so he could play

Academic All-American Noel Hollingsworth 

6'8" Will Tashman registered 15 points and 14 rebounds, earning himself a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Team

Billy Bender added 11 points in his last game as an Engineer

Despite the loss, the team and fans gathered for a post-game reception to celebrate MIT's incredible season

Senior Dan Mccue ended the night with a speech that left the Engineers hopeful for the 2012-2013 campaign

Friday, March 23, 2012

MIT Assistant Coach Paul Grant Helps Out Alma Mater Wisconsin

Fifth-year assistant coach Paul Grant, who was recently featured here ( along with MIT's other assistants, helped out his alma mater, Division I Wisconsin Badgers, in their recent run to the Sweet 16:

More on Coach Grant here ("Big Addition" section):

Monday, March 19, 2012

Kates Earns All-American Honors

Junior standout Mitchell Kates was selected to the All-American Fourth Team. Read more about the award here:

MIT Falls to UW-Whitewater in Final Four, Ends Historic Season

Mitchell Kates had memorable performances throughout the NCAA Tournament (Pic: Robert Krawitz)

The #3 MIT Engineers fell to #8 UW-Whitewater 71-56 in the Division III Final Four in Salem, Virginia Friday night. Tech, tied with the Warhawks 26-26 at halftime, couldn't overcome a 7-minute scoreless drought in the second half. 1st-Team All-American Chris Davis led UW-Whitewater with 30 points.

Will Tashman's double-double earned him a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament team (Pic: Robert Krawitz)
Will Tashman knotted 15 points and 14 rebounds while being named to the 2012 NCAA All-Tournament team. Mitchell Kates scored 12 points along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while Billy Bender scored 11 points after sitting out the past three games with a fractured orbital. Noel Hollingsworth had 10 points and 3 rebounds in the loss.

Freshman Paul Dawson ignited a run for the Engineers in the first half (Pic: Robert Krawitz)

Head Coach Larry Anderson will have a formidable squad for next season (Pic: Robert Krawitz)
MIT ends the their historic year with a 29-2 record, their best ever, and bids farewell to seniors Billy Bender, Arni Lehto, and Dan Mccue.

MIT fans flocked to Salem with MIT President Susan Hockfield (Pic: Robert Krawitz)

Those who couldn't make it to Virginia packed the Z-Center to watch the game (Pic: Robert Krawitz)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Anderson, Kates, Hollingsworth earn D3Hoops All-Region Honors

Three Engineers highlighted the 2012 All-Region awards. Mitchell Kates was named to the All-Region 3rd Team, Noel Hollingsworth All-Region 2nd Team, and Head Coach Larry Anderson was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year. The Northeast region is the largest region in the country with 75 teams.

Read more here:

MIT Downs F&M, Heads to Final Four

(Pic: Tom Gearty)
The MIT Basketball team defeated host Franklin & Marshall College, 69-54, in the Elite 8 Round on Saturday night to earn a ticket to the Final Four in Salem, Virginia. Tech out-rebounded the Diplomats by 12 and shot a blistering 56% from three in front of a packed house in Lancaster, PA.

(Pic: Tom Gearty)

Leading the way was point guard Mitchell Kates, putting in a stellar performance of 21 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block. Sharp-shooter Jamie Karraker lit up the nets again with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting from three along with 6 rebounds. All-American Noel Hollingsworth pitched in a near double-double with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while senior Dan Mccue added 8 points and 5 rebounds in his second start of the season. Big-man Will Tashman shut down the Franklin & Marshall's post players, holding the Diplomats to 38% shooting.

(Pic: Tom Gearty)

The Engineers will head to Salem for the first time in the program's 112-year history to face off with UW-Whitewater at 8pm on Friday.

(Pic: Tom Gearty)
More info can be found here:

(Pic: Tom Gearty)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Engineers Top Staten Island, Advance to Elite 8

(Pic: Tom Gearty)
(Pic: Tom Gearty)

The MIT Engineers shot 53% from the field and 55% from three to defeat the College of Staten Island, 83-67, last night in the NCAA Sweet 16 Round. The Engineers moved to 28-1 in this historic season in front of a crowd of 1,700 at host Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

(Pic: Tom Gearty)

Mitchell Kates dominated the game with 29 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 2 rebounds. Jamie Karraker lit up the nets in the first half, hitting all seven of his shots, including 6-of-6 from three, to finish the game with 25 points. All-American Noel Hollingsworth registered 13 points and 8 rebounds, while big-man Will Tashman notched a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Dan Mccue was a machine on the defensive end, keeping Staten Island's guards at bay.

The #3 Engineers take on host #9 Franklin & Marshall tonight at 7pm EST in the Elite 8. Watch the game online here:

(Pic: Tom Gearty)

Friday, March 9, 2012

MIT Basketball in the Media

The #3 ranked MIT Men's Basketball team, playing in their first NCAA Sweet 16 game tonight, has been covered by the media extensively this week:

"MIT hoopsters doing Harvard one better"

The Daily
"Net Brains"

90.9 WMBR
"MIT Basketball Dances Into History"

Bangor Daily News
"Mccue helps MIT reach third round of NCAA Tourney"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Takes Over Sports World

The biggest and brightest names in the sports world convened on MIT's campus over the weekend to participate in the Sloan School of Management's 6th Annual Sports Analytics Conference.

Speakers this year included Bill Simmons (ESPN), Steve Pagliuca (owner- Boston Celtics), Scott Boras (sports agent with clients such as Alex Rodriguez), and Michael Wilborn (ESPN).

The extremely popular event has received much media coverage. Read ESPN's take on it:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MIT Athletics Thriving

Seven MIT athletic teams are currently ranked in the top-25 in their respective sport:

#3 – Men's Basketball
#3 – Women's Indoor Track & Field
#4 – Men's Swimming & Diving
#5 – Men's Volleyball
#6 – Women's Swimming & Diving
#7 – Men's Indoor Track & Field
#25 –Men's Tennis

Read more here:

Engineers Advance to Sweet 16

Senior Noel Hollingsworth erupted for 27 points in the first half versus Farmingdale State (Pic: Tom Gearty)

For the first time in program history, the MIT Engineers advanced to the Sweet 16 with a dominating win over Farmingdale State, 83-63, on Saturday in Oneonta, NY. Farmingdale State had beaten MIT in the 2nd Round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, but this time around MIT shot 53% from the field and out-rebounded the Rams (who were 4th in the nation in rebounding) by 10.

6'8" Will Tashman held 7'0" A.J. Matthews to only 4 points and 1 rebound in the first half (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Preseason All-American Noel Hollingsworth proved why he is one of the best centers in the country, dropping a career-high 37 points in the win.  Fellow big-man Will Tashman knotted 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists, but more importantly shut down 7-foot center A.J. Matthews, who had 33 points and 19 rebounds the night before (Tashman held him to 11 points and 5 rebounds). Matthews' Highlight Video:

Point Guard Mitchell Kates had 11 points and 11 assists in the win, while Jamie Karraker connected on 4 three's to reach 99 three-pointers on the season, an MIT record. Dan Mccue provided stifling defense to shut down Farmingdale's athletic wings.

Junior Mitchell Kates led the offense with 11 assists (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Jamie Karraker connected on his program-record 99th three-pointer (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Senior Dan Mccue provided intense defensive pressure the entire game for the Engineers (Pic: Tom Gearty)

MIT, now 27-1, travels to Lancaster, PA to face the College of Staten Island in the Sweet 16. Tip-off is set for Friday at 5:30pm at Franklin and Marshall College.

MIT heads to the Sweet 16 for the first time ever (Pic: Tom Gearty)