St. Thomas Women's Basketball will stay home for the March 8-9 Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournment, while Tommie Men's Basketball will travel to UW-Oshkosh for a four-team pod also on March 8-9.
The Tommies (28-1) ran their season win streak to 18 and their home victory streak to 25 with a 30-point win over Ripon and a 16-point defeat of Wisconsin Lutheran. They have advanced to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 round for the fifth year in a row.
The Tommies' pod at Schoenecker Arena includes four top-13 ranked teams with a combined 105-10 record in a blockbuster weekend.
Next Friday, once-beaten and No. 2-ranked St. Thomas will play No. 6-ranked Amherst (25-3) in the second game at 8 p.m., while No. 11-ranked Wartburg (26-3) faces No. 13-ranked UW-Oshkosh (26-3), at 5:30 p.m.
Amherst has won national championships in 2011, 2017 and 2018. St. Thomas beat Amherst in the third-place game at the 2012 Final Four in their only meeting.
Over the last 10 seasons, Amherst is 297-20; St. Thomas is 263-38; and Wartburg is 207-73
St. Thomas (24-4) improved to 13-2 off campus this season with two double-digit wins in Lincoln, Neb., including Saturday's 70-58 road defeat of No. 1-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan.
Coach John Tauer's No. 13-ranked Tommies will face the Quakers of Guilford (N.C.) College (23-7) on Friday (4:30 p.m). Guilford, 15-12 last season, has won 20 of its last 23 games. No. 4-ranked UW-Oshkosh (25-3) will face No. 20-ranked Loras (23-6) at 7 p.m. in Friday's second game. The Friday winners play Saturday night with a trip to the Final Four at stake.
All Sweet 16 teams have secured a top-10 national finish.