BOSTON (CBS) – The bracket may not be as flashy or every second of every game televised, but NCAA Division II basketball is heating up at Bentley University.
Both Men’s and Women’s basketball host tournament games at the Dana Center on Tuesday night. The Women will take on Pace in an East Regional Semifinal at 6 p.m., followed by the Men’s matchup against Bloomfield scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
The Lady Falcons are looking for their first Regional Championship in eight years and 10th overall. They are currently riding a six-game winning streak, and a win would give them a trip to the National Quarterfinals against Clayton State next Tuesday.
Freshman forward Jacqui Brugliera is living up to her Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year award, averaging 19.5 points and 13.5 rebounds over her first two NCAA playoff games. She also posted a double-double when Bentley and Pace met in the regular season, scoring 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Bentley women are leading the Northeast-10 in scoring, averaging 73.7 points-per-game.
On the Men’s side, Bentley is seeking their sixth East Regional crown in seven years. The Northeast-10 regular season champs can advance to the Elite Eight in Springfield, MA for a matchup with Brigham Young University-Hawaii next Wednesday.
Bentley and Bloomfield met in the regular season opener, an 86-84 Bloomfield victory. The Falcons will have their hands full with Bloomfield senior guard Gage Day, who is averaging 23.8 points-per-game, fourth best in Division II. Bentley’s defense has been stifling in the first two tournament games, holding opponents to just 61.5 points.
Bentley’s offense is very well spread out, led by seniors Brian Tracey and Tom Dowling. Tracey leads the Falcons with 16.9 points-per-game while Dowling has tallied 20 or more in five of the last 10 games.