#NJCUMBB Notes: NCAA Tournament First Round vs. Arcadia

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MARIETTA, Ohio. (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | The New Jersey City University's men's basketball team will play in the NCAA Tournament First Round for the third consecutive season tonight (March 1, 2019) when the Gothic Knights challenge Arcadia University, the champions of the Middle Atlantic Commonwealth Conference at Ban Johnson Arena. NJCU is 2-0 on neutral courts this year.
 
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NJCU vs. ARCADIA:

  • NJCU and Arcadia will meet for only the second time in their histories. NJCU defeated Arcadia on December 30, 2003 on a neutral court (80-70) in the consolation game of the 2003 Weenie Miller/Hampden-Sydney College Memorial Holiday Hoops Tournament in Hampden-Sydney, Va.

 
NJCU vs. MAC COMMONWEALTH IN THE NCAAs:

  • NJCU is 1-0 all-time against current members of the MAC Commonwealth in the NCAA Tournament. In the last home NCAA game played by NJCU, the Knights defeated Lycoming College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 74-67, on March 6, 2004.
  • The MAC Commonwealth currently includes: Albright, Arcadia, Alvernia, Hood, Lebanon Valley, Lycoming, Messiah, Stevenson, and Widener

 
NJCU in the NCAA TOURNAMENT:

  •  The Gothic Knights have been selected to participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament for the 21st time in school history and the 19th time as a Division III program.
  • NJCU (20-7) will be making NCAA Tournament appearances in three consecutive seasons for the first time since being selected five straight years from 1994-95 to 1998-99.
  •  It is the third consecutive year NJCU has reached the field as an at-large Pool C bid.
  • It's the 12th time in program history the Gothic Knights have qualified in back-to-back years and marks the third time in school history the program has reached the NCAA Tournament in three or more consecutive years (1977-78 to 1979-80).
  • NJCU will be playing the 41st NCAA game in program history.
  • NJCU is 17-23 in its previous 40 NCAA games.
  • NJCU will be playing its 20th neutral site game in NCAA Tournament history; it is 7-12 in the previous 19 matchups
  • NJCU will be playing its third NCAA Tournament game in the state of Ohio. In 1992, NJCU, then known as Jersey City State College, reached the NCAA Final Four, hosted by Wittenberg in Springfield, Ohio. On March 20, 1992 it lost to eventual national champion Calvin College (81-40) in the national semifinal before losing to Wisconsin-Platteville in the third-place game on March 21, 1992 (72-61).
  • NJCU has lost its last five NCAA Tournament games, dating to the 2004 Sweet 16. NJCU has lost its last four NCAA First Round Games. Here's a look at the last five NCAA contests:      

 

NJCU'S LAST FIVE NCAA GAMES

3/12/2004

#5

N

Amherst College (MA)

NCAA Sweet 16

Lancaster, PA

L

74

92

3/3/2005

 

A

Virginia Wesleyan College

NCAA First Round

Virginia Beach, VA

L

57

76

3/4/2011

 

A

Cabrini College

NCAA First Round

Radnor, PA

L

76

85

3/3/2017

 

N

Skidmore College

NCAA First Round

Babson Park, MA

L

67

75

3/2/2018

 

N

Union College (NY)

NCAA First Round

Plattsburgh, NY

L

72

76




NJCU ENTERING THE FIELD:

  • NJCU won its 14th NJAC regular season championship, finishing the regular season 19-6 overall and 14-4 in the NJAC. The Gothic Knights were ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Atlantic Region in the first two weeks of February and No. 2 in the region the final two ranking periods. NJCU won the regular season title for the second time in four years but each time was upset at home in the conference tournament.
  • NJCU, the No. 1 seed in the NJAC Tournament, lost its first home game of the season in heartbreaking fashion when it fell to Rowan, 80-77, on February 22 in the conference championship game.
  • Marc Brown was named the NJAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career—all coming in the last seven season. He owns a career record of 196-129 in 325 career games and owns a .603 career winning percentage. He is the second winningest coach in NJCU history, behind only his legendary father, Charlie Brown (483 wins).

 
ALL-CONFERENCE:

  • Sam Toney (Plainfield, NJ/Williamstown) was named NJAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive year after being the league's Rookie of the Year in 2017. He is only the fifth player since 1980 to be the league's Player of the Year twice or to repeat, and the first NJCU standout to achieve the distinction.
  • Denzel Banks (Newark, NJ/East Orange Campus), who has become a super sixth man, was named Honorable Mention All-NJAC.

 
COMMON OPPONENTS:
NJCU and Arcadia do not have a common opponent this season.
 
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