Mount Union Hosts Wittenberg in NCAA Round of 16 Friday

Mount Union Hosts Wittenberg in NCAA Round of 16 Friday

STATEMENT ON GAME

Based on recommendations from Ohio governor Mike DeWine, the University of Mount Union and Wittenberg University have agreed that its NCAA Tournament game will be played Friday, with a restricted attendance policy at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

There will be no public ticket sales and only institutional personnel, student-athlete family members, credentialed media, radio crews, and official team party members will be permitted for attendance.

For more information on Mount Union's response to COVID-19 go to http://www.mountunion.edu/covid-19

BROADCAST INFORMATION

There will be a video broadcast of the game online at https://boxcast.tv/view/ncaa-mens-basketball-tournament-mount-union-vs-wittenberg-692432 and the game will be broadcast locally on WRMU 91.1 FM and WDPN 1310 AM.

GAME PREVIEW

Mount Union will host Wittenberg in the third round (round of 16) in the 2020 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance, Ohio.

Mount Union is ranked No. 5 in the nation and the Raiders are 27-3, winners of a school-record 19 games in a row and champions of the Ohio Athletic Conference. It is the third-ever tournament appearance for Mount Union, first since 2015 and third time it has advanced to the round of 16. The Raiders are also undefeated at home this season.

Wittenberg, located in Springfield, Ohio, is ranked No. 9 in the nation and the Tigers have a 28-2 overall record. Wittenberg won the North Coast Athletic Conference regular season title but fell to Wooster in the NCAC Tournament title game and claimed one of 20 national at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. Wittenberg is in its 30th NCAA Tournament with a record of 55-29 and the Tigers have been to the national semifinals seven times and won the 1977 national title.  

The two schools are appoximately 200 miles apart but have not played each other since 1997. This will be the 57th meeting with Wittenberg holding a 43-13 lead in the series. The Tigers were members of the OAC over a course of 73 years from 1909-89

The winner of this pod advances to a round of 8 matchup next weekend against the winner of Randolph-Macon versus Yeshiva in Ashland, Virginia.