Photo by Kerry Patrick Marietta College head motorbus Jon VanderWal signals to his players during an NCAA Tournament game against Rochester Saturday at Ban Johnson Loonshit.

Marietta College is locked in.

The No. 2 ranked Pioneers (27-2) are anxiously awaiting Fri’south NCAA Tournament matchup with Oswego State (27-2). Tip-off is scheduled for seven p.g. inside Ban Johnson Arena. Merely sixteen teams remain in Division III. This is Marietta’south fifth time playing in the Sweet 16, and with a win Friday would make the Elite Eight for the third time in school history.

MC head bus Jon VanderWal said his guys know what’south at pale.

“The energy is good,”
he said.
“The focus is there. They know they they need to ready with a sense of urgency. Our pic sessions and practices take been actually skillful. Guys are well aware we’re going to have to play our best basketball.”

Marietta survived the get-go week of the NCAA Tournament, defeating Medaille 91-79 and Rochester 88-83 in overtime. Now, the Lakers of head coach Jason Leone come to boondocks. The champions of the State University of New York Athletic Conference, Oswego State defeated Hood 82-73 and Keene 84-63 in the get-go ii rounds.

The Lakers have four players averaging 10 points or more, and three more than averaging betwixt 8.2 and 8.four.

“They’re a bit similar u.s.a.,”
VanderWal said.
“Nosotros pride ourselves on balance. They’ve got a lot of guys that could have a big game on a given night. At that place’southward nobody you lot tin can key on. We’ve just got to be ready and execute our defensive gameplan.”

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Devin Green, a six-pes-3 guard, leads the way with eleven.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Jeremiah Sparks, a 6-3 guard, averages 11.6 points and 5.6 boards while Julien Crittendon, a 6-2 guard, adds ten.vii points per game. Christian Simmons, a six-5 forward, contributes 10 points per game off the bench. Oswego State doesn’t have an overwhelming mail service presence, but information technology has
“a lot of length across the board,”
VanderWal said.

“All their guys are actually good at driving it. They’re actually agile. They don’t have a big, monster post histrion, just they can score in the mail service, for sure.”

The Pioneers have won 25 straight games dating dorsum to Nov. 23. They played as tough of a regular season schedule as ever nether VanderWal. The level of intensity in training is the same for every game, and that includes Friday.

“We put so much emphasis on winning every game nosotros play,”
VanderWal said.
“It could be game 16 against an OAC opponent, and it still feels like life or expiry for us. Nosotros prepare the same mode every game. We practice what we do every bit a coaching staff, demand the same things, and we’ve just got to execute information technology a higher level now. This will be our 11th game versus an NCAA Tournament-quotient team. I experience like we’re experienced. Nosotros don’t have to practise anything out of the norm. Our approach is no different.”

Jason Ellis leads the Pioneers with 17.3 points per game. Lukas Isaly is upward to 15.3 points per game after an amazing 33-betoken endeavour confronting Rochester, in which all of his points came later halftime. Big man Tim Kreeger contributes 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Mason Lydic adds 10.8 points per game. Off the demote, Sahmi Willoughby gives the Pioneers 8.3 points and a team-loftier 7.9 rebounds per game. Rebounding is going to be a major cardinal going frontwards for Marietta, especially against Oswego State.

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“They’re a plus-nine rebounding team,”
VanderWal said.
“We’ve got to rebound. If you wait across the board, all the teams left are going to be elite rebounding teams. We’ve got to win the battle of the boards.”

Christpher Newport and Stockton are scheduled to play at 4 p.thou. Friday. The winner of that game will play the Marietta-Oswego Country winner at 7 p.m. Sat with a trip to the Final Iv on the line.


Tickets for Friday night’south NCAA Division Iii Men’s Basketball Tournament Sectional round game between Marietta College and Oswego Country will be available for purchase online to the full general public get-go at 4 p.m. today.

Friday’s Exclusive round will be a split session with the arena being cleared between games. Unmarried game NCAA Tournament ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens (age 62 and older) and students. To purchase tickets, go to

The doors will open up at approximately 6 p.yard. on Fri for the 7 p.m. tip-off betwixt Marietta and Oswego Country. Whatsoever remaining tickets volition be bachelor for purchase at the gate when the doors open at seven thousand. In that location volition exist no re-admittance to the facility.

The first game of the evening will beginning at iv thousand. and features Christopher Newport and Stockton. Doors volition open at iii p.yard. for the beginning game.


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