Updated: Mar 10
The 22-hour wait is over: the Yeshiva University Maccabees are headed to Baltimore to take on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Macs will compete in a region which features some of the top teams in DIII this season, including Mount Union, Wittenberg, Randolph-Macon, and the host of YU's four-team pod, Johns Hopkins. In addition, York (PA) is in that 16-team segment of the bracket; their announcement on the big screen in the Max Stern Athletic Center drew some boos, as the Spartans defeated Yeshiva in the Macs' only prior appearance.
WPI finished their non-NCAA Tournament season at 20-7, and blew a 25-point lead in the NEWMAC Championship. However, they were selected as one of the 20 Pool C participants, as despite not winning their conference title, they demonstrated to the committee that they were deserving of an at-large bid. This was correctly predicted by top bracketologists, who considered the Engineers to be safely in the field of 64.
The game will be at 1 PM on Friday in Johns Hopkins. The winner will face the victor of the Johns Hopkins-Penn St. Harrisburg (which will be held immediately following the Yeshiva first round game) contest on Saturday. As of now, ticket information has not been released, so stay tuned for news on that end. We will also be sure to let you know what the status is for the broadcasting of these games.
And if you missed it, be sure to check out our Selection Show Special, including the team's reaction to the news!