Six AICUO members will be participating this spring in NCAA Division III basketball championships, the first set of postseason tournament fields to be announced.
Four teams begin play this weekend in the Division III men’s tournament. Two will be playing at Wooster, which hosts a first round doubleheader Friday night and a second round game Saturday. Defiance, the Heartland College Athletic Conference tournament champion, plays Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Wooster, North Coast Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champion, plays Grove City (Pa.). Winners play in the second round Saturday night. Tickets are available by contacting Wooster’s athletic department.
In other Friday first-round action, John Carroll, regular season champion of the Ohio Athletic Conference, travels to Guilford, N.C., to play Maryville (Tenn.); and Wilmington, which won the OAC tournament for the conference’s automatic NCAA bid, takes on Lycoming (Pa.) in Harrisonburg, Va.
In the women’s tournament, the only AICUO members participating are automatic qualifiers from two Ohio-based conferences. Mount Union, tournament champion of the Ohio Athletic Conference, goes to Grantham, Pa., for a Friday night first-round game against Washington & Jefferson (Pa.). Denison, upset winners of the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament, plays Hope (Mich.) on its home floor in Holland, Mich., in a first-round contest. These games also take place Friday night.
The other NCAA divisions and the NAIA will announce their fields in the next two weeks.