It is a big weekend for Eph sports, as Williams hosts a loaded men’s hoops championship and an ice hockey quarterfinal, plus heads to Amherst to try to knock off the Jeff juggernaut in women’s hoops and to Bowdoin looking for a NESCAC swimming crown.  For anyone watching any of these contests, be sure to keep folks updated on this thread.  On to the previews:

  • The main event is clearly men’s hoops, which pits number one Williams against a tough Trinity team, and then number three Middlebury against number seven Amherst, with the winners meeting on Sunday.  Three of these four teams are legitimate national title contenders.  Previous analysis of Middlebury here, and Amherst here and here.  Williams previews the weekend, and provides links for the free webcasts of all three games, here, the Berkshire Eagle, here, and Amherst, here.  Watch the Williams College basketball show here.  Chandler, inspired by the Sixth Man, should be rocking.
  • Women’s hoops had a dramatic, come-from-behind overtime win over Tufts last weekend (a win which likely locked up an NCAA birth, though nothing is guaranteed).  Now, things get even more difficult in the NESCAC semifinal, facing number two Amherst at Amherst.  The Jeffs have beaten Williams seven straight times, including twice this year.  Amherst previews the showdown and provides a link for a live webcast here.
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  • Men’s ice hockey looks to win its first ever NESCAC title, and earn its first ever NCAA birth.  There was no dominant team in NESCAC this year, and even though the Ephs are the second seed, the title seems wide open for the taking for all eight participants.  Click here for a game preview and webcam link.
  • Finally, men’s swimming and diving heads to Bowdoin, looking for its ninth straight NESCAC title.
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