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Tonight's St. Norbert men's hoops preview

8:42 PM, Mar. 1, 2013  |  Comments
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Who: St. Norbert College (20-5) vs. Wheaton (Ill.) College (20-6).

When: 7 p.m.

Where: King Arena (2,650), Wheaton, Ill.

Internet streaming audio/video: http://www.wheaton.edu/wetn

Coaches: SNC - Gary Grzesk (171-84, 10th season overall; 120-53, seventh season at SNC); Wheaton - Mike Schauer (226-123, 13th season; 80-30, fourth season at Wheaton).

Series: The teams have split eight meetings but have not played since Dec. 5, 1992. Wheaton won the only previous postseason meeting, 68-66, on March 7, 1958, in the first round of the NCAA College Division.

At stake: The winner advances to next Saturday's NCAA tournament second round against either St. Thomas or Aurora.

SNC update: The Green Knights are in the NCAA Division III tournament for the fifth time overall and the third time in four years by virtue of winning the Midwest Conference's automatic bid. In their last appearance, they lost to UW-Stevens Point 70-49 in 2011. It last won a first-round game in 2010. ... SNC has won 17 of its last 19 games after starting the season 3-3. ... Top scorer Brandon Gries averages 14.4 ppg, while Andrew Schwoerer is second at 13.4 ppg while shooting 56.4 percent.

Wheaton update: The Thunder is in the NCAAs for the fifth time in six seasons after finishing third in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with a 10-4 league record. It lost in the semifinals of the CCIW tournament to North Central but received an at-large bid. Last year, it lost in the NCAA Sweet 16 to the eventual national champions, UW-Whitewater. ... Point guard Tyler Peters averages a team-high 19.5 ppg while shooting 55.2 percent. Sophomore guard Brayden Teuscher averages 13.4 ppg. ... Wheaton is 14-1 this season at King Arena.

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