No. 4 WashU Tips Off NCAA Tournament Against Aurora

No. 4 WashU Tips Off NCAA Tournament Against Aurora

vs. Aurora (19-8) – Friday, March 2 - 7:30 p.m. (CT) - St. Louis, Mo.
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BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 4-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team will host 2018 NCAA Division III First and Second Round play on Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, at the WU Field House in St. Louis. 

Maryville (Tenn.) and Nebraska Wesleyan square off in first-round action on Friday at 5:30 p.m., while WashU takes on Aurora in the second game at 7:30 p.m. The winners of the two first-round games meet on Saturday at 7 p.m. with a chance to advance to the NCAA sectionals.

BEARS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT – WashU is making its 21st NCAA Division III Tournament appearance, and 24th overall. The Bears sport a 33-18 (.647) all-time postseason record in NCAA Division III play, and a 37-21 (.638) overall mark in postseason play. WashU made three-straight Final Four appearances from 2007-09, and captured the 2008 and 2009 Division III National titles.

SIX BEARS HONORED BY UAA – Senior forward Andrew Sanders earned University Athletic Association (UAA) Player of the Year accolades to highlight six selections on the 2018 All-UAA Team. In addition, senior guard Jake Knupp was named the UAA Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Mark Edwards and assistant coaches Caleb Lawson, Jason Jabbari and Steve Wilcutt were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.

Joining Sanders on the first team was senior guard Kevin Kucera and senior center David Schmelter, while Knupp earned second-team accolades. Senior forward Matt Highsmith and freshman guard Jack Nolan also picked up honorable-mention accolades.

CLASS OF 2018 – The senior class (Matt Highsmith, Jake Knupp, Kevin Kucera, Andrew Sanders, David Schmelter, Sasha Sobolev) has helped guide the Bears to a 78-25 (.757) overall record with three NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2017 and 2018 UAA Championship. This group has also posted a 41-15 (.732) conference mark in their four seasons on the Danforth Campus.

HIGH SCORING OFFENSE – WashU is averaging a UAA-best 86.6 per contest (2,188 points, 25 games), and topped the 100-point plateau four times in conference play. The Bears are on pace to be the highest scoring team in school history, breaking the mark of 85.3 set in 1994-95. WashU is also on pace to set the single-season school record for most three-point field goals made per game (8.1).

SANDERS INTO TOP-15 – Senior forward Andrew Sanders enters the NCAA Tournament in 14th place on the all-time WashU scoring list with 1,233 points in 85 games, for an average of 14.5 per game. Sanders is four points shy of passing Matt Palucki (2011-15) for 13th place. He has scored in double figures in 23 of 24 games this season.

EDWARDS RANKS IN TOP-10 – Head coach Mark Edwards ranks ninth all-time in Division III in wins with a 685-292 (.701) record in 37 seasons at his alma mater. Edwards is 16 victories shy of eighth place all-time in D3 (Randy Lambert, Maryville (Tenn.), 701-316).

SCHMELTER CLEANING THE GLASS – Senior center David Schmelter leads the UAA and ranks 25th in DIII in rebounding (10.3), and has recorded 13 double-digit rebound performances this season. WashU has had only five players in school history average double figure rebounding for a season, and Schmelter could be the first player since Steve Dodge in the 1969-70 season to achieve the feat.