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FOX47 NEWS - 6 WIAC teams make D-3 NCAA tournaments

Jeff Angileri
Mar 2, 2009, 10:40 PM


Three Claim NCAA Men's Basketball Bids

MADISON, Wis.--Three schools that have combined to win eight national titles will represent the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship.

UW-Stevens Point received an automatic bid, while UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater secured at-large bids.

All three schools will open postseason action on March 6.

This marks the second time in the last four years that three teams from the WIAC have made the NCAA field.

UW-La Crosse, UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater were representatives in 2006.

UW-Stevens Point (23-4) earned an automatic bid into the 60-team field after winning the WIAC tournament championship.

The Pointers will open NCAA action against Cornell College (Iowa) (21-6) in St. Paul, Minn.

UW-Stevens Point will be making the eighth NCAA championship appearance in school history and claimed national championships in 2004 and 2005.

UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater received two of 18 available at-large spots.

The Pioneers (22-5) will face Hope College (Mich.) (21-7) in Wheaton, Ill.

UW-Platteville secured national championships in 1991, 1995, 1998 and 1999 and is in the national field for the 10th time in program listings.

The Warhawks (22-5) will travel to Elmhurst College (Ill.) (20-7) for a first round contest.

UW-Whitewater will make the 15th NCAA appearance in program archives and secured the first-place trophy in 1984 and 1989.

Three Secure Spot In NCAA Women's Basketball Championship

MADISON, Wis.--For the second consecutive season, three schools will represent the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship.

UW-Stevens Point received an automatic bid, while UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater secured at-large spots.

All three teams will open postseason action on March 6.

UW-Stevens Point (24-3) earned an automatic bid into the 63-team field by winning the WIAC tournament crown.

The Pointers, who are appearing in the NCAA championship for the sixth time in program history, will host Maryville University (Mo.) (22-5) in a first round game.

Concordia College-Moorhead (Minn.) (19-8) and Concordia University (Wis.) (22-5) will also participate in Stevens Point.

UW-Stevens Point won the national title in 1987 and 2002.

UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater secured two of 20 available at-large spots.

The Blugolds (23-5) will face DePauw University (Ind.) (22-5) in Bloomington, Ill.

UW-Eau Claire will make the 15th NCAA appearance in program listings.

The Warhawks (22-4), who advanced to the Final Four a year ago and recorded a third-place finish, will meet Simpson College (Iowa) (24-3) in St. Joseph, Minn.

UW-Whitewater is in the national field for the ninth time.

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