Men's Basketball Heads to Greensboro for NCAA First & Second Rounds

Photo Credit Mike Marsee
Photo Credit Mike Marsee

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Sewanee men's basketball team begins its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance with Guilford in the First Round Friday night on the campus of Guilford College. 

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: The schedule for Friday night includes Wittenberg and Emory at 5:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. CT, followed by Sewanee and Guilford at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT. The winner of the first round games will play in the second round Saturday at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT. 

Ticket prices for Friday's two-game session and Saturday's game are the same: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (ages 65 and over), students and children. Children under the age of two are admitted free.

Fans may purchase tickets in the Ragan-Brown Field House lobby starting Thursday (2/28) from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Tickets for Friday's (3/1) games go on sale at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for Saturday's (3/2) game go on sale at 5:30 p.m. All ticket sales are cash-only transactions.

WATCH PARTIES: Fans staying back in Sewanee have a couple of opportunities to watch the game. There will be a student Watch Party at The Pub, sponsored by Campus Activities. The Blue Chair Tavern will also have a Watch Party inside the Tavern for community members. 

NCAA FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS PREVIEW: The Tigers are dancing into the conference tournament for the first time since 1998. The Purple and Gold will travel to Greensboro, N.C. for the First and Second Rounds of the Tournament. 

Sewanee will join Emory and Wittenberg at Guilford College, who will host the two-day event. 

This is the second meeting all-time in program history between the two schools, and it is the first meeting since 2006. The previous meeting was at a neutral site, where the Quakers defeated the Tigers, 91-78, on Nov. 19, 2006. Sewanee is 11-13 all-time against schools from North Carolina. 

Guilford is making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Championship.

If the both of the Tigers, Sewanee and Wittenberg, advance, they will meet on the hardwood for the first time in program history. Sewanee is 7-3 all-time against institutions from Ohio.

Wittenberg is 17th in the current D3hoops.Com poll. 

The program is making their 29th appearance in the Championships, the most in NCAA Division III history. 

This will be the second time the two teams have met. Sewanee downed then No. 23 Emory inside Juhan Gymansium with an 83-70 victory on Nov. 28. 

Despite the win, the Eagles hold a 25-20 advantage in the all-time series. 

The Eagles are ranked 18th in the pre-postseason poll by D3hoops.

Emory is making its eighth appearance, and it is the sixth straight year the Eagles have played in the Championships. 

SEWANEE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: This is the fifth appearance for Sewanee men's basketball in the NCAA Tournament, the team's first since 1998. The Tigers are 1-6 all-time in such games. 

Sewanee's first appearance came in the inaugural championships in 1975. Of the four teams in the Guilford regional, Wittenberg can also say that they were in the tournament back then.

In the previous four appearances, the Tigers have advanced past the first round once, coming in 1997.

Below is a list of games the Tigers have played in the NCAA Tournament. 

3/7/1975 | Miles (Ala.) | L, 60-80 | First Round

3/8/1975 | Transylvania (Ky.) | L, 66-68 | Regional Third Place

3/12/1976 | Miles (Ala.) | L, 71-79 | First Round

3/13/1976 | LeMoyne-Owen (Tenn.) | L, 86-87 | Regional Third Place

3/6/1997 | Rust (Miss.) | W, 68-61 | First Round

3/8/1997 | Bridgewater (Va.) | L, 62-65 | Second Round

3/5/1998 | Mississippi College | L, 54-60 | First Round

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Tigers won their sixth straight conference championship in the program's 95-year history (1966-73-75-76-97-2019). 

Since becoming a founding member of the Southern Athletic Association in 2013, Sewanee is 6-6 in SAA Tournament games. 

20 WINS IS A RARITY: In Feb. 22's SAA Tournament quarterfinal win over Hendrix, the Tigers captured their 20th win of the season. This is the fourth time in program history that the program has won 20+ games in a season.

Prior to 2019, the last time Sewanee won 20 games in a season came in 2016, when Sewanee finished 20-8 en route to an SAA Tournament Final appearance. 

With 22 wins heading into the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers will be looking to chase down the school record of 23 in the 1973 season.

BEHIND THE COLOSSAL COMEBACK: In Sewanee's 62-59 victory over Centre in the SAA Championship game, the Tigers were trailing by seven, 57-50 with 2:30 to go.

The Tigers took and made four shots from downtown and finished on a 12-2 run to win the game. 

Luke Smith contributed on all four shots. He drained the first two and assisted on the final two. Hunter Buescher tied the game with 1:08 left, and Michael Barry netted the game-winner with 2.2 seconds remaining.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Following an All-SAA First Team selection and earning Most Valuable Player honors in the SAA Tournament, sophomore guard Luke Smith took home two Player of the Week Awards. He was named to the D3hoops.Com Team of the Week, and he was named the Men's Division III National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

In three games over the SAA Tournament, Smith scored an even 90 points in three games on 28-of-42 shooting from the field (66.7 percent). From beyond the arc, the sophomore went 18-of-24 (75 percent) from downtown. He averaged 39 minutes in three games.

The sophomore started the SAA Tournament 10th in the SAA in 3-point shooting. Entering the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, Smith leads the league with a 44.4 percent clip. 

BIG SHOT BARRY: Through everything Michael Barry has been through the last year-plus, not many people would have called his number for the game-winning triple in the SAA Championship Game vs. Centre on Feb. 24.

Overcoming a season-ending injury last season, Barry has slowly been making his return to the court in 2019. In 17 games off the bench, the Charleston, S.C. native has recorded 10-of-23 from the 3-point line and is 15-of-31 from the field. 

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