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The Road to Salem

An eight part series chronicling the stories behind the 2014 road to the Final Four in Salem, VA.

Part 1: From Rockland County, to the University of Vermont, to Middlebury College, Jeff Brown leads the Panthers on their Road to Salem.

Part 2: Behind every successful team is a senior class. Despite two early season losses, the six seniors are determined to win in Salem.

Part 3: While you may see names like Kizel, Merryman and St. Amour on the back pages of the Campus newspaper, Albert Nascimento is essential to the aspirations of Middlebury basketball. The man they call “Bert” won’t make the highlight reel, but he may just be the key to getting the team back on the Road to Salem.

Part 4: Three straight losses to start the new year have left the Middlebury men’s basketball team at a crucial junction: win or get off the Road to Salem.

Part 5: Every year, certain games are circled on the calendar that mean just a little bit more than others. Follow surprise upstart Jake Brown and free-spirited Hunter Merryman as they prepare in the 12 hours before the biggest home game of the year.

Part 6: Joey Kizel has never shied away from the biggest names or the biggest games, especially when it comes to fellow All-American Aaron Toomey and the defending national champions, Amherst.

Part 7: To guarantee themselves a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the Middlebury men’s basketball team needs to win three straight NESCAC tournament games and claim the conference crown. The Road to Salem followed the team for a weak as they fight to keep their season alive.

Part 8: The Middlebury Panthers’ season has come to a close, cutting their NCAA Tournament hopes short. But the Road to Salem was never a guarantee, nor was it limited to one season. The future is bright for the men’s basketball program and the Road to Salem may be just around the bend.