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W.Hoops gets host duties, MBB to Oshkosh for Sweet 16 round

Photo by Caleb Williams, D3Photography.com
Photo by Caleb Williams, D3Photography.com

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.

 

 

Women

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 

 

Men

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.