No. 9 Men's Basketball Hosts 34th Annual Lopata Classic

No. 9 Men's Basketball Hosts 34th Annual Lopata Classic

No. 9 WashU (0-0) vs. Wabash (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 17 • 7 p.m. (CT)

Live Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wustl/
Live Stats: 
http://bearsports-livestats.wustl.edu/basketball/xlive.htm
Live Audio: http://kwur.com

No. 9 WashU (0-0) vs. Webster (0-0)/#6 Tufts (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 18 • 5/7 p.m. (CT)
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Live Stats: 
http://bearsports-livestats.wustl.edu/basketball/xlive.htm
Live Audio: http://kwur.com

Download the complete WASHU game notes by clicking HERE (PDF).

Download the 34th Annual Lopata Classic Program HERE (PDF.

BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 9-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team begins its 103rd season of college basketball by hosting the 34th Annual Lopata Classic on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 17-18, at the WU Field House. The Bears take on Wabash College Friday at 7 p.m. in the season opener. Webster University and No. 6 Tufts University play in the first game at 5 p.m. The losers meet Saturday in the consolation championship at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by the championship game at 7 p.m.

A LOOK BACK AT 2016-17 – WashU returns three starters and 18 letterwinners from last year's squad, which posted a 21-6 overall record and won its 14th University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship. The Bears also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and secured its 33rd-consecutive winning season under head coach Mark Edwards.

BEARS PICKED TO WIN UAA TITLE – WashU was picked first in the UAA Preseason Coaches Poll. The Bears received seven first-place votes and are seeking its second-consecutive UAA title and 15th overall. Emory garnered the final first-place vote and was picked second.

EDWARDS MOVES INTO TOP-10 – Head coach Mark Edwards begins the 2017-18 season ranked in the top-10 all-time in NCAA Division III in wins. Edwards has compiled a 663-289 (.696) record in 36 seasons on the Danforth Campus and is three wins shy of tying Illinois Wesleyan's Dennie Bridges for ninth on the all-time list.

9. Dennie Bridges - Illinois Wesleyan - 666-320 (.675) 
10. Mark Edwards - WashU - 663-289 (.696)

KNUPP WINS STATISTICAL TITLE – Senior guard Jake Knupp finished the 2016-17 season as the NCAA Division III leader in assist-to-turnover ratio. Knupp is the first men's basketball player to win a statistical championship since Sean Wallis was the assist champion in 2008-09. He had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.89, dishing out 88 assists while committing just 18 turnovers in 26 games played off the bench.