The Engineers celebrate their 2009 NEWMAC championship.

The Engineers celebrate their 2009 NEWMAC championship.

Yes, you read that right. For the first time in Institute history, the Engineers have landed on the men’s bracket of the Division III NCAA basketball championship tournament, joining 59 other teams vying to reach the finals in Salem, Virginia. MIT takes on Rhode Island in first-round play on Friday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m.

Yesterday, the Engineers ousted Springfield College 76-50 in the NEWMAC championship final to secure their berth. Senior Jimmy Bartolotta—who ranks as the fourth all-time high scorer at the Institute—netted a tournament-high 37 points. The victory marked MIT’s second 20-win season in four years.

NCAA Division III brackets