The NCAA released the brackets for the Men and Women’s Division III Basketball Tournaments and the Show-Me State will be represented in both tourneys.
For only the second time in school history, Maryville University (St. Louis) will have both the men and women in the tournament in the same season. The men earned their spot in the tournament by topping Westminster (Fulton) 90-65 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship on Saturday. The Saints are 18-8 and will hit the road to face Mississippi College, which is 27-1 on either Thursday of Friday.
The Maryville women are 22-4 overall and completed a perfect run in the SLIAC by topping Fontbonne Univeristy 74-64 in the conference tournament finals on Saturday. Maryville is 23-4. They will face Lakeland (Wisconsin) in Wheaton, Illinois on Friday.
Washington University (St. Louis) has advanced to the women’s tournament for the 17th straight time and will host one of the regionals. The third-ranked Bears, which are 23-2, will face Manchester College (Indiana) on Friday. Calvin College (Michigan) and Carroll College (Wisconsin) will play in the other first-round game. WU won four straight national championships from 1998-2001.