Monday, January 9, 2012

MIT Moves up to #3 in Country

The MIT Engineers moved up in the Top 25 poll this week to #3. Tech went 2-0 on the week and improved their record to a nation's best 14-0.

This is the highest ranking in program history.

Fellow NEWMAC rival WPI earned a #24 ranking, while other Northeast Region schools Middlebury (#1), Amherst (#5), Williams (#12), Rhode Island College (#20), and Western Connecticut (#23) all earned rankings as well. The Northeast region has the most teams in the Top 25.

Karraker Nets 2nd POTW Award

Junior Jamie Karraker earned his second Conference Player of the Week award this week for his stellar performances against Springfield College and Wheaton College to open NEWMAC play. Karraker averaged 17.5 points with 11 three-pointers in the two games.

The sharp-shooter from West Virginia is tops in the nation in three-point field goals made, and has already broken two three-point records at MIT.

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Statistically Speaking

This is is how MIT Hoops stacks up with the over 400 teams in Division III. Only categories where the team is ranked in the top 25 in the nation are listed. Statistics are through Jan. 5th (does not include Wheaton game). 


Statistic Value Nation
Scoring Margin25.81
Reb. Margin14.82
Scoring Defense55.2 5
FG% Defense37.06

#4 MIT Wins 14th Straight

The #4 ranked Engineers took care of business in their second NEWMAC contest, downing visiting Wheaton College 87-54 Saturday afternoon for their 10th victory of over 20 or more points. MIT is tops in the nation with an average margin of victory of 25.8 points.

The MIT 6th Man Club has a lot to cheer about with the success of their men's and women's teams (Pic: Tom Gearty)
Leading the way was sharp-shooter Jamie Karraker who connected on 8 three-pointers for a game-high 24 points. Karraker is currently tops in the nation in total three-pointers made this season (66) and is third in the conference in scoring at 16.5 points per game. Two-time All-Conference point guard Mitchell Kates pitched in 15 points with 3 assists and 2 steals.

Karraker is 33 three-pointers shy of the single-season three-point record (Pic: Tom Gearty)

MIT also saw many contributions from its bench against the Lyons, including dominating performances from the underclassmen big-men. Freshmen Dennis Levene, Matt Redfield, Andrew Acker, and Sophomore Will Dickson, who all stand 6'7" or taller, combined for 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.

6'8" Freshman Andrew Acker is a reason why the Engineers have an extremely bright future (Pic: Tom Gearty) 

The Engineers travel to New London, CT on Wednesday to take on the Coast Guard Academy and go for their 15th victory in a row, which would tie the program record.