The 2013-14 NCAC men's basketball season came to a close on Saturday night as Wooster (26-4) suffered a heartbreaking 67-64 defeat at the hands of Dickinson (23-6). The Fighting Scots, who finished the 2013-14 season as the NCAC regular season and tournament champions, were led on the night by freshman Dan Fanelly with 15 points and eight rebounds, while senior Kenny DeBoer also 14 points and five rebounds in his final collegiate game.
Both NCAC regular season and tournament champions have advanced in the 2014 NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament following opening-round wins on Friday night. In women's action, DePauw (28-1) defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by a 79-68 margin behind a 20-point, eight-rebound performance from senior Alex Gasaway. On the men's side, Wooster guard Xavier Brown led the Fighting Scots with 15 points en route to a 76-67 victory over Saint Vincent (22-7). The Tigers and Fighting Scots will both play second round games on their home floors tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. with DePauw taking on Transylvania (26-2) and Wooster squaring off against Dickinson (22-6). CLICK HERE to watch Wooster's post game press conference.
The Ohio Wesleyan (20-8) and Wittenberg (21-8) men's basketball teams were both eliminated from the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament on Friday night. The Battling Bishops fell against St. Norbert (25-1), 87-79, while the Tigers suffered a 66-51 defeat at the hands of Calvin (23-5).
The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament is set to tip-off this weekend with the opening round set to tip-off Friday. Three teams will represent the NCAC on the men's side for second time in the last three years and the fourth time in league history. NCAC Tournament champion Wooster (25-3) earned the league’s automatic bid into the field of 62, while tournament runner-up Wittenberg (21-7) and Ohio Wesleyan (20-7) each earned one of the 20 available at-large invitations. On the women's side, regular season and tournament champion DePauw (27-1) earned its eleventh straight bid to the NCAA Tournament. In preparation for this weekend's action, Russell Kramer, NCAC Assistant Executive Director, caught up with all four head coaches to delve into each team's mindset heading into the 2014 championships.
Wooster senior guard Doug Thorpe (Columbus, OH/Eastmoor Academy) has been named the Player of the Year to highlight the 2014 All-North Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball squad, announced today after voting by the conference's head coaches.
Hiram College Men's Basketball Steve Fleming has resigned after eight seasons in order to lead and operate a family run business. Fleming, a 1994 graduate of Hiram, was named head coach in 2006 after successful stints at Ashland University and Tiffin University.
The North Conference Athletic Conference will be sending three teams to the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament for the second time in the last three years and the fourth time in league history. NCAC Tournament champion Wooster (25-3) earned the league’s automatic bid into the field of 62, while tournament runner-up Wittenberg (21-7) and Ohio Wesleyan (20-7) each earned one of the 20 available at-large invitations.
The NCAC crowned a pair of tournament champions on Saturday night in Men's and Women's Basketball. On the men's side, Wooster (25-3) won the program's 15th NCAC tournament title with a 71-63 win over arch-rival Wittenberg (21-7). In women's action, DePauw (27-1) earned its third-straight tournament title after knocking off Denison (21-7) by a 69-41 margin. The Fighting Scots and Tigers have earned the NCAC's respective automatic bids into the NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament, which begins with first-round play on either March 7 or 8th.
Wooster (16-2, 22-3) secured its 14th outright North Coast men’s basketball championship last week after sweeping a pair of league games against Allegheny (3-15, 6-19), 89-57, and Oberlin (4-14, 7-18), 82-53.