Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Towson State will be involved in postseason basketball action tonight, with the first two at home.
At Hopkins, the men's team (18-9) plays Dickinson (19-7) at 8 in the first round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III tournament. The winner will advance to a second-round game at Franklin and Marshall (24-2) on Saturday at 8 p.m.
UMBC and Towson State are in the East Coast Conference women's quarterfinals, with UMBC (17-10, 9-3) at home against Hofstra (2-25, 1-11) at 7:30, and Towson State (8-18, 4-8) at Drexel (13-12, 7-5) at 7. The other first-round game will have Rider (11-16, 8-4) at home against Central Connecticut State (6-21, 3-9).
After only one NCAA bid in school history (1974) before last year, Johns Hopkins has received bids in successive years. It took an 82-80 overtime victory at Swarthmore on Saturday to win the MAC-South title and the bid.
Hopkins senior Andy Enfield was 10-for-10 from the foul line in the two MAC-South tournament games and has a Division III-leading percentage of .950 (114 of 120) for the season. The national III record is .952 (119 of 125) by Yudi Teichman of Yeshiva last season.
Two weeks ago, Charles Pronchinski of Wisconsin-Stevens Point entered at the top of the list with 50 of 52 for .962, but is now second with 62 of 68 for .912.
Enfield averages 21.3 points to lead the Blue Jays, and senior guard Dave Eikenberg averages 5.0 assists and is a defensive leader with a harassing style against opposing guards. Senior Bill Zahn is the rebounding leader at 5.6, although four players average between four and six.
In the East Coast Conference, tonight's three winners will join regular-season champion Delaware for the semifinals at the Towson Center on Sunday night. The championship game will be Monday night.
UMBC, which defeated Hofstra twice during the regular season, is led by Angel Webb with averages of 14.9 points and 8.1 rebounds.