There are a lot of reasons athletes end up playing collegiate sports at the Division III level. Not being competitive is not one of them. The New York Times profiled the men’s and women’s basketball teams at N.Y.U. who until this week were the only undefeated teams from the same school in all of college basketball.
But the goals are the same at N.Y.U. as they are at North Carolina, Connecticut or Pittsburgh. It’s all about winning, something N.Y.U. can claim to be better at than any college in the nation.
N.Y.U.’s standing as the only college in the nation to have two undefeated teams began Tuesday when the Amherst men’s team lost. Amherst’s women’s team remains undefeated. Now, the undefeated status has become a rallying cry for the two N.Y.U. teams, which are close off the court.
Unlike universities at the Division I level, the two N.Y.U. teams often play in the same place on the same day. That means taking bus trips together, sharing the same hotels and watching each other’s games. A level of camaraderie exists between the two teams that doesn’t happen at larger programs.
“Off the court, we hang out and we’re pretty close with them,” the junior forward Keith Jensen said. “Sharing the success has made this an even better experience.”