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Tournament Preview: No. 12 Men's Basketball Opens Trinity Holiday Classic Against Eastern Connecticut State

Tournament Preview: No. 12 Men's Basketball Opens Trinity Holiday Classic Against Eastern Connecticut State

No. 12 Men's Basketball at the Trinity Holiday Invitational
Monday, December 30 | vs. Eastern Connecticut State | 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 31 | vs. Regis or Trinity | 12 or 2 p.m.
Ray Oosting Gym | Hartford, Conn.

HOLIDAY HOOPS
• Following a three-week layoff, 14th-ranked men's hoops returns to action against Eastern Connecticut State on Monday night in the opening round of the Trinity Holiday Invitational.
• The Beavers will face either Regis or the host Bantams on Tuesday. The consolation game is slated for 12 p.m. with the championship game to follow at 2 p.m.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Eastern Connecticut State
• The Beavers are 9-9 all-time against the Warriors in a series that dates back to 1976.
• Monday's matchup will be the first between the programs since 1996
• The 1996 meeting, a 118-111 Babson win in Willimantic, Conn., is the second highest scoring game in program history.

vs. Regis
• The Beavers and Pride have never met.

vs. Trinity
• Babson is 3-7 all-time against the Bantams in a series that dates back to 1984.
• The last meeting between the programs came in the 2015 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals as the Beavers erased a seven-point deficit with less than three minutes to play and got a go-ahead three-pointer from current assistant coach Matthew Droney '17 in OT to edge Trinity, 76-69.
• Babson and Trinity have not played in the regular season since 2009, and the Beavers have not won in Hartford since 2003.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 12 Babson (9-0) matched its best start in school history with a 99-85 win over Tufts in the New England Big 4 Challenge title game back on December 8.
• Senior Frank Oftring recorded a double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds and junior Andrew Jaworski poured in 26 points for the Beavers, who shot 70 percent in the opening half against the Jumbos.
• Oftring (16.8 pts, 8.1 reb) leads the team with four double-doubles, Jaworski (15.0 pts, 6.1 reb, 2.9 ast) is shooting 51.1 percent from the floor, and senior Jack Coolahan (15.0 pts, 4.7 reb) leads the Green and White with 27 three-point field goals.
• Babson ranks fifth in Division III in adjusted offense (118.7 points per 100 possessions) according to Matt Snyder's efficiency ratings.

SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
• Eastern Connecticut State (3-5) is coming off an 83-75 loss to Yeshiva back on December 15.
• Senior Jake Collagan led three players in double figures with 23 points and sophomore Seth Thomas added a season-high 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who led by as many as 11 in the first half.
• Collagan (15.9 pts, 3.6 ast) leads the team in scoring and assists, junior Cory Muckle (13.4 pts, 3.6 reb) is shooting just 30.5 percent and Thomas (10.0 pts, 7.9 reb) is averaging nearly two blocked shots per game.
• Eastern Connecticut has scored better than 80 points while allowing just 60.4 in its three wins.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Regis (1-6) enters the tournament having dropped its last three outings after suffering a 68-56 loss to Suffolk back on December 7.
• Junior Devante Thompson scored 16 points and senior Marc Trinidad added 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Pride shot a season-low 31.6 percent in the loss.
• Trinidad (15.1 pts, 9.1 reb) has recorded three double-doubles, first-year Cam Wilkins (13.0 pts, 5.7 reb) is shooting 66.7 percent from the floor and Thompson (12.3 pts, 3.6 reb) has reached double figures in scoring in five straight contests.
• Regis is averaging 26.0 free throw attempts per game and has taken less than 20 free throws just once this season.

SCOUTING THE BANTAMS
• Trinity (6-4) has won its last two games after defeating Norwich, 69-53, in the Ed Hockenbury Classic final in Northfield, Vt., on December 8.
• Senior Nick Seretta finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and junior Donald Jorden added 11 points and 10 boards for the Bantams, who held the Cadets to just 33.3 percent shooting.
• Junior Colin Donovan (11.8 pts, 3.0 reb, 2.7 ast) is one of four starters averaging double figures, senior Kyle Padmore (11.7 pts, 4.0 reb, 3.3 ast) leads the team in steals, and Jordan (11.6 pts, 12.5 reb) is shooting 66.7 percent and has recorded six double-doubles on the year.
• Trinity ranks 10th nationally in adjusted defense and is holding its foes to just 39.3 percent shooting.

GUESS WHO'S BACK
• After being unranked since November 17, the Green and White returned to the D3hoops.com top 25 on December 9. After making their season debut in the poll at No. 14, the Beavers moved up two spots to 12th in the December 16 poll.

OFTRING CLAIMS CONFERENCE, NATIONAL HONORS
• Following a week that saw him post three double-doubles while averaging 24.0 points and 10.0 rebounds, Oftring earned NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week and D3hoops.com Team of the Week accolades on December 9 and 11, respectively.
• He shot 66.7 percent from the floor and 58.8 percent from beyond the arc, and was tabbed as the Big 4 Challenge Most Valuable Player.

BEAVERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
• The Green and White ranks third in Division III in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.77), sixth in field goal percentage (51.3), 10th in scoring margin (19.6 points), 23rd in scoring offense (88.9 points) and 26th in 3-point field goal percentage (40.1).
• Individually, junior Crew Ainge ranks 31st in free throw percentage (89.3), 36th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.71) and 50th in assists per game (5.1).

NINE AND OH...
• One of 10 unbeaten teams in Division III as of December 28, the Beavers have never started the year with 10 straight wins going back to their inaugural season of 1931.
• The last time Babson started 9-0 it dropped a 99-97 2OT decision at Amherst before finishing 31-2 and winning its first national title.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have made at least eight three pointers in six consecutive games entering the Trinity Holiday Classic.

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