Men’s Basketball to Host St. Vincent in NCAA Tournament

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Senior guard Andy Winters was named Most Valuable Player of the NCAC tournament and NCAC Player of the Year. (Photo courtesy of OWU’s Office of Marketing and Communication)

Senior guard Andy Winters was named Most Valuable Player of the NCAC tournament and NCAC Player of the Year. (Photo courtesy of OWU’s Office of Marketing and Communication)

The Ohio Wesleyan University men’s basketball team will host St. Vincent (Pa.) in a first-round game of the NCAA Division III tournament at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Branch Rickey Arena, it was announced by the NCAA on Monday.

Admission will be $6 for adults, and $3 for students.  Tickets can be purchased from noon-4 p.m. on Friday at the Ohio Wesleyan athletics department in Edwards Gym.  Pregame ticket sales will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday.  Ohio Wesleyan students can pick up tickets between 9 a.m.-noon on Friday at the Ohio Wesleyan athletics department in Edwards Gym.

Ohio Wesleyan (22-5) won the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship, defeating then-17th-ranked Wooster in the championship game on Saturday.  Ohio Wesleyan was ranked No. 21 in the final regular-season D3hoops.com poll. Ohio Wesleyan will be making its second consecutive NCAA Division III playoff appearance and its fourth overall.  The Battling Bishops won the NCAA Division III national championship in 1988 and advanced to the sectional semifinals (Sweet 16) in 2008.

St. Vincent (23-5) won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship with a 15-1 record, then took the PAC tournament with an 81-67 win over Thomas More in the title game. St. Vincent is making its first NCAA Division III championship appearance.  Ohio Wesleyan and St. Vincent have met once on the hardwood, with the Bishops taking an 82-77 decision during the 2010-11 season.

The winner of Saturday’s first-round game will face the winner of Saturday’s game between Cabrini (Pa.) and Hampden-Sydney (Va.) in a second-round game to be played on the campus of one of the competing institutions.

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