Men's Basketball: NCAA Game 1 - Game Notes
Series History: F&M will face York for the 23rd time since 1963. The Diplomats hold a commanding 19-3 series advantage and have won the last 12 meetings. This is first time both teams will face each other in any postseason game and the first contest since Nov. 17, 2000, an 81-60 F&M victory.
POTY Bracket: All four teams participating in this weekends' games bring their respective conference's player of the year with them. Paul Kouvaris won the CAC honor for York, Christopher Newport's Conley Taylor earned USA South POTY, DaQuan Brooks earned the honor for Western Connecticut in the Little East and Georgio Millian was the Centennial Conference Player of the Year for F&M.
105 Years: 105 years of heading coaching experience exist between three of the four coaches making their way to Lancaster this weekend. Glenn Robinson leads the group with 41 years and an 830-305 mark. York's Jeff Gamber has a 493-424 career record in 36 years and Bob Campbell is in his 28th season at Western Connecticut with a 539-224 mark.
Movin' Up: Glenn Robinson has 830 victories in his 41 years of coaching. Already the Divison III leader in wins, Robinson is making his way up the All-Time Coaching Wins list among all divisions. He recently passed Clearance Gaines for the 10th spot and tied Jim Phelan at the ninth position.
Top Defense: F&M has the top defense in the country, allowing just 55.4 points per game. The Diplomats were also first in the conference in defensive rebounds (29.1 rpg), blocks (6.00 bpg) and defensive field goal percentage (35.8%).
Last Time Out: Franklin & Marshall earned its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance with a 71-55 victory over Muhlenberg in the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship last Saturday at Mayser Center. The CC title is the third in a row and seventh CC crown for F&M. The Diplomats became the first team to ever win three straight CC titles. F&M has a conference-best six consecutive wins in the CC Tournament and avenged their only two losses this season in the process. The Diplomats have put together 24 seasons with 21 or more victories.