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Varsity Men's Basketball
Division NCAA Division III
Conference New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)
Head Coach Larry Anderson (17th year)
Home Venue Rockwell Cage
Nickname Engineers
Mascot Beaver
Colors Cardinal red and silver gray

Men's Basketball has been a varsity sport at MIT since 1920. The team competes in the NEWMAC Conference and NCAA Division III.

For the past three seasons, the team has advanced to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, each season winning either the regular season or tournament conference championship.



During the Fall of 1900, a group of MIT students asked President Henry Smith Pritchett to provide support for a team to play the recently developed game of basketball. Dr. Pritchett gave his approval soon after seeing over 30 men turn out for the first practice.

The first game was a win over Dean Academy (now known as Dean College), 21-1.

The first head coach in 1920 was J.R. Allen, who coached for one season.

In 1923, MIT named Henry P. McCarthy, who was also head of the Physical Education department, as head basketball coach. Over 24 seasons, McCarthy compiled a .424 winning percentage. His squads earned wins over teams including Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and UMass. McCarthy (1923-47) is the longest tenured coach in the history of the program.

During the late 1920s and early 1930s, MIT saw its first success with seven consecutive winning seasons, including a 10-2 ledger during 1932-33.

In 1947, Rockwell Cage opened. The basketball team moved its home facility from Walker Memorial to Rockwell, which is still its home facility today.

In 1952, MIT appointed its first full-time basketball coach, Robert "Scotty" Whitelaw, who coached for three seasons.

Jack Barry became coach of the team in 1960. In the 1960s, MIT was one of the best teams in the region. The squad set a then-school record for wins after recording a 17-4 ledger in 1961-62; Barry was named New England Coach of the Year, and David Koch '62, who averaged 23.6 points per game, earned an All-New England citation. On February 17, 1962, Koch set an Institute record with 41 points in a win over Middlebury College. The 1966-67 squad was even better, compiling a 19-4 record and was named ECAC Division III Team of the Year.

Jack Barry retired from his coaching post in 1972 after 10 winning seasons, a .580 career winning percentage and 162 victories.

Larry Anderson became head coach of the team in 1995, and has led the team to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

In 2008, Jimmy Bartolotta broke David Koch's single-game points record, scoring 43 points in a game against Curry College.

NCAA Tournament Appearances


In 2009, MIT made its first NCAA Tournament appearance when it won the NEWMAC Tournament and the Conference's automatic bid. In the NEWMAC Championship, MIT defeated Springfield College, 76-50.

In the NCAA Tournament, MIT's first round opponent was nationally ranked (#17) Rhode Island College on RIC's home court; MIT won the matchup, 73-68. In the second round, MIT fell to Farmingdale State, 67-61. MIT finished the year with a 21-9 record.


In 2010, MIT made its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, earning an at-large bid after capturing the NEWMAC regular season title with a 10-2 conference record. At the conclusion of the regular season, MIT was nationally ranked at #13.

In the NCAA Tournament, faced DeSales University in the opening round. The game went to overtime, but MIT lost, 72-64. MIT's record for the year was 22-5.


In 2011, MIT made its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance by winning the NEWMAC Tournament. MIT defeated WPI 63-52 in the NEWMAC final.

In the NCAA Tournament, MIT faced Ithaca College on its home court in the first round; MIT won a close game, 82-78. In the second round, MIT lost to Rochester, 60-52. MIT ended the year with a record of 20-9. Making their second-straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament, the Engineers fell in the first round to DeSales University, 72-64, in overtime.

NEWMAC Competition

The Engineers joined the newly developed New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for the 1998-99 season.

MIT's NEWMAC competition includes Babson College, Clark University, Springfield College, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Wheaton College, and WPI.

International Tours

The first international tour for MIT Men's Basketball was a European tour through Iceland, France, Luxemburg, Yugoslavia and Greece during its 1966-67 season.

In 1983, the team made national headlines with a basketball tour through India.

In 2006 and 2010, the MIT men’s basketball team competed in the Kainan University International Basketball Invitational in Taiwan, winning the title both times. The tournament included university teams from Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Head Coach

Larry Anderson joined the MIT athletic department in 1995 as the 18th head men’s basketball coach in program history. Anderson's coaching tenure is the second longest in MIT basketball history. Anderson is also the winningest coach in MIT basketball history, passing Jack Barry on November 29, 2008.

Anderson arrived at MIT via Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where he graduated in 1986. After a senior stint as captain, Anderson remained at his alma mater as an Assistant Coach. While maintaining his devotion to the game of hoops and to Rust, he eventually assumed additional roles as the Associate Director of Athletics and Director of Student Activities.

In 2011, MIT announced a gift from MIT basketball alum David Koch '62. Koch donated $2 million to endow the head men's basketball coaching position. Now, Anderson's official title is the David H. Koch '62 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.

Rockwell Cage

Rockwell Cage, also known as MIT Building W33, is the home arena for MIT's basketball and volleyball teams.

Built in 1947 by the firm of Anderson & Beckwith (MIT Professors Lawrence Anderson M.Arch. '30 and Herbert Beckwith '26), it was also used for indoor dirt track (removable flooring was added for basketball) and for graduation exercises until 1978. Today, the Cage has a permanent hardwood floor and is home to the Badminton Club as well as varsity baketball and volleyball.

Rockwell Cage was named in honor of Dr. John Rockwell 1896. Dr. Rockwell was one of the leading athletes in his class, and later served as President of the Advisory Council for Athletics beginning in 1927.


David H. Koch '62, co-owner of Koch Industries, Vice-Presidential Candidate for the Libertarian Party (1980)

Jimmy Bartolotta '09, Division III Player of the Year (2009), All-America First Team (2009), now playing professional basketball in Europe