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NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: No. 3 Men's Basketball vs. Skidmore

NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: No. 3 Men's Basketball vs. Skidmore

NCAA Tournament—Second Round
No. 3 Men's Basketball vs. Skidmore
Saturday, March 4—7 p.m.
Staake Gymnsaium—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Skidmore will meet for the third time on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers defeated the Thoroughbreds during the regular season in both 2013 and 2014.

LAST MEETING
Senior Joey Flannery finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds and John Wickey '15 scored the go-ahead hoop with 16 seconds left in overtime as Babson edged Skidmore, 75-74, on November 22, 2014, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Flannery, who scored 25 points in the second half and OT, forced the extra session by grabbing an offensive rebound and lofting a shot over the corner of the backboard as time expired. Senior Aldin Medunjanin finished with 17 points for the Thoroughbreds.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are making their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and have advanced to the second round for the third year in a row. Babson has reached the Sweet 16 on three occasions, including each of the last two seasons.

SKIDMORE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Thoroughbreds are making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years and have advanced to the second round for the third year in a row. Skidmore has never reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

SCOUTING THE THOROUGHBREDS
Skidmore (20-7) has won six of its last seven games after defeating 24th-ranked New Jersey City, 75-67, on Friday night. Medunjanin finished with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists, while sophomore Edvinas Rupkus added 20 points and seven boards for the Thoroughbreds, who went 30-of-38 at the free throw line. Rupkus (20.8 pts, 7.4 reb) has scored at least 19 points in seven consecutive games, Medunjanin (16.2 pts, 6.6 reb, 5.5 ast) ranks 29th in Division III in assists and senior Royce Paris (13.0 pts, 4.2 reb, 2.3 ast) is shooting 52.6 percent from the floor. Skidmore is 17-2 this season when scoring 75 points or more and is shooting 47.6 percent as a team.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 3 Babson (26-2) has won 17 of its last 18 games after pulling away from Husson for a 92-76 victory on Friday night. Flannery led all players with 28 points and senior Isaiah Nelsen scored 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Beavers, who made a season-high 28 free throws and held the Eagles to 34.9 percent shooting. Flannery (22.6 pts, 7.1 reb, 3.8 ast) ranks 14th nationally in scoring, junior Nick Comenale (15.9 pts, 5.6 reb, 2.3 ast) has knocked down a school-record 91 three-pointers and Nelsen (12.9 pts, 6.0 reb) is shooting 62.9 percent, which ranks 15th in Division III. The Green and White is fifth in the country in scoring margin (15.5), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (41.3) and seventh in field goal percentage defense (38.1).

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
Flannery, who became the first player in program history to score more than 600 points in three different seasons on Friday night, leads all active Division III players and ranks 18th in Division III history with 2,481 career points.

SENSATIONAL SENIORS
The Beavers' senior class of Flannery, Nelsen, Sam Bohmiller, Matthew Droney, Charlie Rice and David Stauffer collected the 98th victory of their careers on Friday night. Nelsen's 24 points were a new NCAA Tournament career high, while Rice contributed seven points and six rebounds and Droney chipped in with seven points and four assists.

DROPPING DIMES
Junior Chris Lowry's six assists against Husson are the second most by a Babson player in NCAA Tournament history. He is now averaging 4.2 assists in nine games since February 1.

SATURDAYS ARE FOR THE BOYS
The Green and White is 10-0 this season and has won 35 consecutive Saturday games going back to the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign. Included in this stretch are NCAA Tournament victories over Scranton and Trinity in 2015, and at Susquehanna in 2016.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 17-0 this winter when holding their opponents below 40 percent shooting.

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