Doors open to Blake Arena at 6:00 pm and tickets are $6 for adults, and $3 for students, seniors, and children. Fans are encouraged to wear white as the game will be a "White Out".
Springfield vs. Regional Field:
Springfield is 4-1 all-time against Ithaca in a series dating back to 1934-35. The Pride and the Bombers have not squared off since Feb. 22, 1950. The Pride has played a team from Fitchburg just once, back in the early 1900’s, when they lost to the Fitchburg YMCA in 1911 by a score of 35-21. Springfield has played Rochester just once, losing 82-68 in 1961.
Springfield vs 2013 NCAA Field:
Springfield has faced five NCAA playoff teams this season, going 4-4. The Pride accounted for one of Amherst’s two losses this season with a 70-64 win on Dec. 1. Springfield has faced both MIT and WPI three times this season. The Pride beat MIT 56-53 on Jan 8, and lost to the Enginneers 68-59 on Feb 2. Springfield lost its first contest with WPI 69-64, on Jan 23, and won its second meeting 66-60, on Feb. 10. In the NEWMAC tournament, the Pride beat MIT in the semifinals 68-60, on Feb. 23, before falling to WPI in a 79-72 overtime loss on Feb. 24, in the championship game. The Pride fell to SUNY Purchase, 69-65, on Jan. 2 in the championship tilt of the Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic.
Springfield in the NCAA Playoffs:
The Pride is making their fifth appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament, including their third under head coach Charlie Brock. Springfield is 3-5 in NCAA playoff competition. Springfield advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2000 and reached the second round in 2005. The last time Springfield won a postseason game was on March 3, 2005 as they took down Norwich 71-56. The Pride suffered a 81-68 setback on March 5, 2005 to host Amherst in their last postseason game.
Wins Against Top Teams:
Springfield has beat three teams that have been either ranked one or two in Division III national polls over the course of the season. In the Nov. 26 poll, MIT was ranked 1st. In the Feb. 3 poll, WPI was ranked 2nd. In the Feb. 17 poll, Amherst was ranked 2nd.
Both Alex Berthiaume and Jordan Rote were selected to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Basketball All-Conference teams. Berthiaume earned first-team honors for the second-straight season, while Rote picked up second-team honors for the first time in his career. This season, Berthiaume and Rote combined to score 31.8 points per game, the highest scoring tandem in the league.
The 2013 Playoffs:
The Division III championship provides for a 62-team, single-elimination tournament that includes 42 winners of conferences whose champions earn automatic qualification and 20 teams that did not win their conference title but received at-large bids. The first round of competition begins Saturday, with two teams receiving a first-round bye. Following the regional semifinal round, regional finals will be held Saturday, March 9. The sixteen winners will play sectional games on March 16. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be conducted in Salem, Va. on March 22-23 and the final will take place on April 7 in Atlanta, Ga.
Quite the Season
Springfield currently owns a 19-8 record, it's best mark since the 2005 squad went 22-7.
Playing at the Birthplace
Springfield has experienced plenty of success playing in Blake Arena the past two seasons. The Pride has won nearly 71% of its home contests, combining for a 17-7 record.
Former Partners in Crime
Springfield assistant Coach Pete Broaca served as the head coach at the Coast Guard Academy from 1971-1984. During his time there, one of his former assistants was Ithaca head coach, Jim Mullins.
Springfield’s Alex Berthiaume and Ithaca’s Travis Warech both played for the Division II St. Michael’s Purple Knights before transferring. Berthiaume played his first two seasons at St. Michael’s, while Warech recorded 1,002 points and 367 rebounds over the course of 79 games in three years.