CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men's basketball team has reached historic new heights after the squad moved up to No. 4 in the country in this week's D3Hoops Top 25. The ranking is the highest even in program history, surpassing last week when the Engineers stood seventh overall. Tech is currently 12-0 and is off to the best start in program history, surpassing the previous high of 11-0 by the 2009-10 team.
Tech's 71-47 win over Wheelock on Wednesday clinched the program's first-ever unbeaten run through non-conference play and sends the team into the mid-semester break as one of 20 teams in Division III without a loss. MIT's 12 wins are the most in the country at this point in the season.
The Engineers earned a pair of hard-fought victories last week, including a thrilling 60-56 win at Tufts University on Saturday. Junior Mitchell Kates (Colts Neck, N.J.) provided the heroics on Saturday, scoring the go-ahead layup, forcing a Tufts turnover and knocking down a pair of free throws down the stretch to seal the win. The Cardinal and Gray also won 78-66 over Salem State University and 90-47 at UMass-Boston.
MIT is outscoring its opponents by 26.8 points per game, a mark which leads all of Division III and is third in the NCAA across all divisions. The Engineers rank 10th in Division III in scoring defense, surrendering just 55.6 points per game.
Senior Noel Hollingsworth (Salt Lake City, Utah) paces the squad at 19.3 points per game and is one of five players averaging at least 10.0 points a contest. Senior Jamie Karraker (Morgantown, W. Va.), the reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Week, is one of the top long range shooters in the country, making 4.4 three-point attempts per game. Karraker became MIT's all-time leading three-point shooter in Wednesday's win over Wheelock, moving past Jimmy Bartolotta with his 232 career trifecta. Junior Will Tashman (Atherton, Calif.) has been a force down low, recording six double doubles on the season.
The Engineers will return to action on January 4, as the begin NEWMAC play at home against Springfield College.