WPI Engineers men's basketball

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WPI Engineers
2017–18 WPI Engineers men's basketball team
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University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Head coach Chris Bartley (16th season)
Conference NEWMAC
Location Worcester, Massachusetts
Arena Harrington Auditorium
(Capacity: 3,000)
Nickname Engineers
Student section Goat Nation
Colors Crimson and Gray[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away


NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2005
NCAA Tournament appearances
1982, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Conference tournament champions
2005, 2006, 2013
Conference regular season champions
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014

The WPI Engineers men's basketball team is the college basketball program representing Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The Engineers compete in the Division III (DIII) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the NEWMAC.[2] WPI's men's basketball program began competing regularly as a varsity sport in 1918, the team is currently coached by Chris Bartley.

WPI plays its home games at Harrington Auditorium, located on the campus in Worcester, Massachusetts,with a capacity of 3,000.[3]

History[edit]

Although an informal team played in 1902, the WPI Engineers basketball team was sponsored by the Athletic Association in 1903, but then was abolished in the spring of 1910,[4] the sport was brought back in 1915, but only as an intramural.[5] It wasn't until the winter of 1917–1918, that basketball became an intercollegiate sport again,[6] the team won back to back New England Championships during the 1919–20 and 1920–21 and seasons.[7] According to the Premo-Porretta Power Poll, the 1919–20 team would have been ranked 25th in the country.

The 1965–66 team was defeated by Army 71–62 on December 8, 1965, the win marked the first career coaching victory for the Hall of Fame coach, Bobby Knight.

During the 2012–13 season, the team was ranked second in the nation in National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III and had their best start ever, going undefeated for their first 22 games. On February 24, 2013, WPI beat Springfield College in overtime to win the NEWMAC Championship and secure a place in the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ WPI Logo Usage: Quick Reference Guide (PDF). Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Members By Division". NCAA. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Harrington Auditorium". Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Herbert Foster (1937). Seventy Years of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Privately Published. p. 228. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Herbert Foster (1937). Seventy Years of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Privately Published. p. 271. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Herbert Foster (1937). Seventy Years of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Privately Published. p. 285. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Taylor, Herbert Foster (1937). Seventy Years of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Privately Published. p. 310. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 

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