Men's Basketball to Host First and Second Round of NCAA Tournament

Members of the Susquehanna Men's Basketball team celebrate the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field Monday.
Members of the Susquehanna Men's Basketball team celebrate the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field Monday.

The Susquehanna University Men's Basketball team found out officially Monday afternoon that it not only had received an at large bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament but that Susquehanna would also be hosting a pod of games for the first round Friday and Saturday, March 3-4.

The River Hawks will host Medaille College in the 7:30 p.m. game Friday and Eastern Connecticut State will host MIT in the 5:30 p.m. game. The winners will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday with the hopes of advancing to the next round of games the following weekend.

Susquehanna (21-5) won a first round game in the 2016 Tournament but fell to Babson in the second round. The River Hawks hosted last year as well.

Medaille (21-6) advanced to the tournament after winning the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Tournament winning both the semifinal and championship by double-digit margins.

In the other first round matchup, Eastern Connecticut (20-8) earned a spot in the tournament by winning the Little East Conference Tournament won a thrilling 72-70 championship game over Keene State. MIT (21-6) is in the tournament after winning the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) by beating Babson 67-62 in the title game.

Tickets will be $10 for Adults, $5 for students, children under 12 and senior citizens. Children under two will be admitted free.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday morning in the main athletic offices on the second floor of the James W. Garrett Sports Center above the main lobby from 8:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The tickets can be purchased with cash or check. Tickets will be sold on Friday during the day from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The main ticket table for the event will be open at 4 p.m. Friday.

The Friday game winners will face each other at 7 p.m. Saturday with the ticket sales beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Parking will be limited on campus near the Garrett Sports Complex for both Friday and Saturday and fans are encouraged to park in the Admissions lot, Tennis Court lot or Sassafras lots.