Men’s and women’s basketball teams begin playoffs Saturday, with the fourth-seeded men against number-five Bowdoin at home and the seventh-seeded women traveling to play at number-two Amherst.

The men get underway at 3 p.m. at Wadsworth Gymnasium. Tickets go on sale at 2 p.m. The women’s game, a replay of last season’s quarterfinal matchup, begins at 4 p.m.

The men’s team finished the regular season at 17-7 and 6-3 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The Mules split two games with rival Bowdoin, winning the second to notch Head Coach Dick Whitmore’s 600th career victory Jan. 17.
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Saturday’s game will be the first time Colby and Bowdoin have met in the playoffs.

Colby has been competitive against all three higher seeds in the tournament. The Mules dropped late-season road games to first-seed Middlebury and third-seed Williams by just five points in each game. Colby defeated number-two Amherst. The Mules are led by Adam Choice ’10, a repeat NESCAC player of the week, and point guard Artie Cutrone ’09.

The women’s team heads into the playoffs with momentum, having won four of its last five games. The women ended the season in a three-way tie with Trinity and Wesleyan, but head-to-head losses to both of those teams dropped the Mules to seventh in the tournament seedings.

The Mules finished the regular season at 13-10, 5-4 in NESCAC. In last year’s playoff matchup with Amherst, Colby lost 83-53. But this season is a different story; the Jeffs edged the Mules by just a point, 65-64, Jan. 31.

The women feature a balanced attack led by Sam Allen ’10 and Alison Cappelloni ’10.