Men's basketball: Johns Hopkins heads north to battle No. 4 Babson

Blue Jays making first NCAA tournament Sweet 16 appearance since 1990

George Bugarinovic posts up against Skidmore in NCAA tournament game

Image caption: Johns Hopkins senior George Bugarinovic leads the Blue Jays at 7.4 rebounds per game and ranks second on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game.

Image credit: James VanRensselaer / Homewood Photography

The Johns Hopkins men's basketball team will take part in the NCAA Division III tournament Sweet 16 for the first time since 1990 tonight when they face Babson.

The Blue Jays (25-4), ranked No. 15 nationally by D3hoops.com, advanced with a 61-58 win against Skidmore on Saturday. JHU won the Centennial Conference regular-season title, and its 25 wins are a school record.

Hopkins is led by seniors George Bugarinovic (13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game) and Jimmy Hammer (15.3 points per game), the school's record holder for three-point field goals made in a career with 242. The pair has combined to scored 2,650 points in their JHU careers, the most of any duo in school history.

Babson, ranked No. 4 in the nation, scored a 54-47 win against No. 21 Scranton College in the second round of the NCAA tournament to push its record to 25-2 and secure a place in its first Sweet 16 since 2002. Joey Flannery leads the Beavers at 21.4 points per game, and John Wickey contributes 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds.

This is the first time these programs will face each other.

The game will take place at 7:30 p.m. on the Beavers home court in Babson Park, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.

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