ST. LOUIS – The No. 13-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men’s basketball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament and takes on Bethany Lutheran at 5 p.m. in the first round Friday in Lincoln, Neb.
No. 10 Nebraska Wesleyan hosts Webster in the other first round matchup on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winners of the two first-round games meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a chance to advance to the NCAA sectionals.
WashU (20-5, 11-3 UAA) and Emory were co-champions in the University Athletic Association (UAA), the Bears 16th conference title in program history. The Bears also won 20 games for the 20th time, and recorded it school-record 36th-consecutive winning season.
The Bears are making their 22nd NCAA Division III Tournament appearance, and 25th overall. WashU sports a 33-19 (.635) all-time postseason record in NCAA Division III play, and a 37-22 (.627) overall mark in postseason play. The Bears made three-straight Final Four appearances from 2007-09, and captured the 2008 and 2009 Division III National Championships.
Head coach Pat Juckem has a 37-13 (.740) record in two seasons at WashU. Overall, Juckem is 236-166 (.587) in 15 seasons as a collegiate coach.
The Vikings (21-6) won the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Tournament Championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This marks NCAA Tournament appearance and second appearance in the last three seasons. BLC advanced to the NCAA Second Round in 2018.
WashU and Bethany Lutheran are meeting for the first time in school history.
Friday, March 6
5 p.m. – No. 13 WashU vs. Bethany Lutheran
7:30 p.m. – No. 10 Nebraska Wesleyan vs. Webster
Saturday, March 7
7:30 p.m. – Second Round Game