WHITEWATER -- For the 19th time in program history, and seventh under head coach Pat Miller, the UW-Whitewater men's basketball team will be making an appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament. The Warhawks earned an at-large berth into the 62-team tournament with a 23-4 overall record. This is the third consecutive tournament appearance for the Warhawks, winners of the 2012 NCAA DIII National Championship.
The Warhawks also earned the right to host the first two rounds of the tournament and will play Northwestern (MN) in a first round game on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 pm in Kachel Gymnasium. St. Thomas (MN) will play Augustana (IL) in the first game on Friday at 5:30 pm. The winners will face off on Saturday at 7:00 pm for the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. For more information, including ticket prices, directions, game times, live audio, live video, live stats, etc., please visit the UW-W Championship Website.
UW-W is led by KJ Evans (Beloit/Beloit Memorial) who is averaging 16.1 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. Eric Bryson(Elkhorn/Elkhorn) adds 12.7 points per game and Reggie Hearn (Milwaukee/Marshall) gives UW-W some power inside averaging 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. Quardell Young (Kenosha/Bradford) orchestrates the offense for UW-W and has tallied 103 assists to just 39 turnovers. The Warhawks shoot 49.2% from the floor and average 78.6 points per game.
Northwestern (MN), UW-W's first round opponent, is led by Michael Carney who averages 13.1 points per game and shoots 42% from behind the arc. Will Gisler adds 12 points a game and 6.8 rebounds per contest while shooting 40.5% from three. The Eagles, 16-11 and winners of the UMAC tournament, shoot 39.5% from the three point line and average 72.1 points per game.
The last time the two teams met was the first round of the NCAA III Tournament in 2012. The Warhawks came out on top, 83-68, to begin their road to the national championship.