LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall continues its NCAA Tournament run this weekend when the Diplomats head to Ramapo to play in the sectional round. The Bradley Center will host two Sweet 16 round games on Friday night, March 9th when Middlebury and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) square off at 5:30 p.m. Ramapo takes on F&M at 7:30 p.m. The two winners advance to the NCAA Elite Eight game on Saturday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Franklin & Marshall (22-6)
Franklin & Marshall continues its 25th NCAA run this weekend and will be making its 17th appearance in the Sweet 16, and first since 2012, after winning the Christopher Newport pod in the opening two rounds. F&M has also advanced to the Elite Eight on 10 occasions and the Final Four five times with one title game appearance in 1990-91. The Diplomats defeated Emory & Henry 73-59 in the first round and took down host Christopher Newport 66-52 in the second round.
This will be the fourth time in school history the Roadrunners advance to the Sweet 16 and the second time (2004-05) the Bradley Center hosts the sectional round of the NCAA Tournament. The Roadrunners are 10-8 all-time in NCAA action and head into this weekend on a five-game win streak that dates back to February, 14th. During the span, the Roadrunners won their second consecutive NJAC Tournament Title along with their first and second rounds games of the NCAA Tournament. Ramapo took down Moravian 86-61 in the first round and defeated top-seed Williams 66-62 in the round of 32.
Middlebury, who won the Eastern Connecticut pod, makes their ninth appearance in the tournament in the last 11 seasons and is 15-8 all-time. The Panthers defeated Lebanon Valley College 83-63 in first round action, before defeating hosts Eastern Connecticut 83-58 in the second round. Middlebury earned one of the 21 at-large berths after falling the in NESCAC Quarterfinals and are ranked 18th in the d3hoops.com poll. The Panthers are 13-8 in NCAA tournament action, highlighted by a run to the 2011 NCAA semifinals and a 2013 run to the national quarterfinals.
MIT, who won the Johns Hopkins pod, makes their eighth appearance in the tournament after earning an automatic berth by winning the NEWMAC Conference. The Engineers, who are ranked No. 19 in the d3hoops.com top 25, are 8-7 all-time in NCAA action. MIT defeated Brockport 81-67 in the first round before playing spoiler to host Johns Hopkins with a 62-54 win in the second round.
Tickets prices are $10 for general admission, $5 for all students and seniors. Tickets will be available for purchase online here or by calling 717.358.4250 until Thursday at noon. After Thursday, tickets will be available onsite before the game. Tickets for Saturday's game will only be available onsite only.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Sweet 16 - Bradley Center, Mahwah, N.J.
5:30 p.m. - Middlebury vs. MIT
7:30 p.m. - Ramapo vs. Franklin & Marshall
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - Bradley Center, Mahwah, N.J.
7:00 p.m. - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2