Men's Basketball to host NCAA First & Second Rounds Friday-Saturday

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St. Louis, Mo., March 3, 2014 – The No. 3-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men’s basketball team will host 2014 NCAA Division III First and Second Round action on Friday-Saturday, March 7-8, at the WU Field House in St. Louis.

Calvin College and No. 22-ranked Wittenberg University will square off in first-round action on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CT), while Washington University will take on Wilmington College in the second game at 8 p.m. The winners of the two first-round games will meet on Saturday at 7 p.m., with a chance to advance to the NCAA sectionals.

Washington University (22-3, 14-0 UAA) won its third-straight and 13th overall University Athletic Association (UAA) championship this season to earn the league’s automatic bid. The Bears are making their 18th NCAA appearance as a Division III school and 21st overall, and sport a 31-15 (.674) all-time post-season record in Division III play. Washington University was the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Division III National Champion.

Wilmington (18-8, 13-5 OAC) earned the automatic bid after winning the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) tournament title with a 69-63 win over John Carroll University. The Fightin’ Quakers have won six of their last seven games, and had a 65-63 win at NCAA Division I Miami University (Ohio) Nov. 23. Wilmington is making its second NCAA appearance with a 1-1 all-time record.

Wittenberg (21-5, 13-3 NCAC) earned an at-large bid after falling to No.8-ranked College of Wooster 71-63 in the championship game of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Tournament. The Tigers, who had a season-long 11-game winning streak, are making their 27th NCAA appearance with an all-time record of 51-26. Wittenberg, the winningest team in NCAA Division III history with a 1,691-682 overall record, has made seven Final Four appearances and was the 1977 NCAA Division III National Champion.

Calvin (22-5, 12-2 MIAA) earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 78-53 win at No. 24 Hope College in the championship game of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament. The Knights are making their 19th NCAA appearance and have a 32-19 all-time NCAA record. Calvin has made four Final Four appearances and was the 1992 and 2000 NCAA Division III National Champion.

The box office will open at 4:15 p.m. on Friday and 5:45 p.m. on Saturday. Ticket prices are $3 for students with an ID and $6 for adults. Washington University undergraduate students with an ID will be admitted free courtesy of Student Union. Tickets will not be sold prior to box office opening.