Although MIT’s known for its engineering program, it’s their Engineers that are making all the noise right now. For the first time in the 112-year history of the program, the men’s basketball team has advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four tournament.
Out of the 30 games they played this year, the team only lost one. With a record like that, it’s no surprise they made it into the “Little Dance,” beating out Franklin & Marshall College, 69-54, last week.
“At the beginning of the season, and throughout the season, we expected to be here,” said senior Jamie Karraker to MIT Athletics, referring to the Final Four. “It’s been a big goal and a big focus of ours all year and we’re very happy to be there.”
And, of course, the school is excited to see them there, as well.
MIT’s Director of Athletics Julie Soriero told BostInno, “On any college campus, ‘March Madness’ brings excitement and energy, and MIT is no exception. Our worldwide alumni, our extraordinary students and many of our renowned faculty have been following the team on this incredible journey to arrive at the Final Four. We are so very proud of this team and how they represent MIT both on and off the court. They truly embody the term ‘student-athlete.’”
Considering the team told the Boston Globe all they request is Wi-Fi on road trips, Soriero’s last comment isn’t far from the truth. To them, spending three to four hours on the road can be unbearable if they can’t get any work done.
Yet tonight, the team’s on the road yet again, taking on the Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk’s in Salem, Virginia at 8 p.m. If they win, they’ll advance to the championship game on Saturday, March 17th, where they’ll play the winner between Cabrini College and Illinois Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. For any fans interested in accessing both the video stream and live statistics, they can visit the NCAA site.
Will MIT’s Engineers be cutting down the nets this weekend? We hope so! Good luck, guys!
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