posted March 1, 2012

A Closeup Look at NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Field

NCAA DIVISION III FIRST/SECOND ROUND

MEN'S BASKETBALL AT HOPE COLLEGE

Friday & Saturday, March 2-3, 2012

Games Played at DeVos Fieldhouse

Link to Tournament Website -- http://www.hope.edu/pr/athletics/mbb/mbbhostncaa.html

Games will have live video streams and Livestats - Links available on Friday at http://www.hope.edu/pr/athletics/mbb/mbbhostncaa.html

 

Friday, March 2

Illinois Wesleyan vs. UW-Stevens Point, 5:30 p.m. ET

Hope vs. Westminster, Mo., 7:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, March 3

Friday winners, 7 p.m. ET

   

HOPE COLLEGE

Location: Holland, Michigan

Enrollment: 3,249

Nickname: Flying Dutchmen

School Colors: Orange & Blue

First Year of Collegiate Basketball: 1902

All-time Program Record:  107 years, 1,499-728

 

Season Record: 26-1

Current Winning Streak: 22 games

Roster Link -- http://www.hope.edu/athletics/mbb/mbbrost.html

 

NCAA Appearances: 23rd (7th in-a-row)

Record in NCAA Tournament: 27-24

Final Four Appearances: Three

Best Finish: 2nd place in 1996 and 1998; 3rd place in 2008

Last Appearance: Lost in second round to Augustana, Ill. 88-80 in overtime

 

Conference: Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)

Regular Season Finish: First place (14-0)

Conference Tournament: Defeated Adrian 65-62 in championship game in overtime

Advanced to NCAA Tournament: Conference automatic qualifier

 

Coach: Matt Neil (Hope '82)

Years as Head Coach: 2nd season

Record at Hope: 49-8

 

Series Histories

Hope vs. Westminster: first time

Hope vs. Illinois Wesleyan: would be first time

Hope vs. UW-Stevens Point: would be first time

 

d3hoops.com Ranking: Ranked #1

 

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Location: Fulton, Missouri

Distance from Holland, Mich.: 496 miles (8 hour, 30 minute drive)

Enrollment: 1,100

Nickname: Blue Jays

School Colors: Navy Blue, Baby Blue & White

First Year of Collegiate Basketball: 1909

All-time Program Record: 83 years, 812-846

 

Season Record: 17-10

Current Winning Streak: 6 games

Roster Link -- http://www.westminster-mo.edu/athletics/sports/basketballm/Pages/Roster....

 

NCAA Appearances: 3rd (previous were 1995 and 2010)

Record in NCAA Tournament: 0-2

Final Four Appearances: none

Best Finish: Lost in first round in both 1995 and 2010

Last Appearance: Lost in 2010 in first round to Washington-St. Louis 79-71

 

Conference: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Regular Season Finish: Tied for second place (11-5)

Conference Tournament: Won defeating MacMurray, Ill. 68-62

Advanced to NCAA Tournament: Conference automatic qualifier

 

Coach: Matt Mitchell (Arkansas '87)

Years as Head Coach: 14th Season

Record at Westminster: 187-170

 

Series Histories

Hope vs. Westminster: first time

Westminster vs. Illinois Wesleyan: 0-1

Westminster vs. UW-Stevens Point: would be first time

 

d3hoops.com Ranking: Not Ranked

 

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Location: Bloomington, Illinois

Distance from Holland, Mich.: 259 miles (4 hour, 30 minute drive)

Enrollment: 2,000

Nickname: Titans

School Colors: Green & White

First Year of Collegiate Basketball: 1910

Alltime Program Record:  103 years, 1,522-854

 

Season Record: 19-7

Current Winning Streak: 0 (lost in conference tournament semis)

Roster Link -- http://www.iwusports.com/roster.aspx?path=mbball

 

NCAA Appearances: 21st (3rd in-a-row)

Record in NCAA Tournament: 43-20

Final Four Appearances: Four

Best Finish: National champions in 1997

Last Appearance: Lost in 2011 in second round to St. Thomas, Minn., 78-70

 

Conference: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin

Regular Season Finish: 3rd place (10-4)

Conference Tournament: Lost in semi-finals to Wheaton, 69-56

Advanced to NCAA Tournament: At-large (pool C)

 

Coach: Ron Rose (Illinois Wesleyan '88)

Years as Head Coach: 6th Season

Record at Illinois Wesleyan: 102-61

 

Series Histories

Illinois Wesleyan vs. UW Stevens Point: 2-1

Illinois Wesleyan vs. Hope: would be first meeting

Illinois Wesleyan vs. Westminster: would be first meeting

 

d3hoops.com Ranking: Not Ranked

 

UW-STEVENS POINT

Location: Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Distance from Holland, Mich.: 398 miles (6 hour, 45 minute drive)

Enrollment: 8,650

Nickname: Pointers

School Colors: Purple & Gold

First Year of Collegiate Basketball: 1898

Alltime Program Record: 103 years (1,522-854)

 

Season Record: 20-7

Current Winning Streak: 0 (Lost in conference tournament semi-finals to UW-River Falls, 76-51

Link to Roster -- http://athletics.uwsp.edu/roster.aspx?path=mbball

 

NCAA Appearances: 11th (6th in-a-row)

Record in NCAA Tournament: 27-7

Final Four Appearances: Three

Best Finish: National champions in 2004, 2005, 2010

Last Appearance: Lost in 2011 in Sectional semi-finals to St. Thomas,

Minn. 66-64

 

Conference: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Regular Season Finish: Tied for second place (12-4)

Conference Tournament: Lost in semi-finals to UW-River Falls 76-51

Advanced to NCAA Tournament: At-large (pool C)

 

Coach: Bob Semling (UW-Eau Claire '79)

Years as Head Coach: 7th season

Record at Stevens Point: 165-40

 

Series Histories

Illinois Wesleyan vs. UW-Stevens Point: 1-2

UW-Stevens Point vs. Hope: would be first time

UW-Stevens Point vs. Westminster: would be first time

 

d3hoops.com Ranking: Not Ranked