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Tiffin, Ohio — Heidelberg University men’s basketball team will make its fourth-ever NCAA Tournament appearance Friday when they take on Wisconsin-La Crosse at the Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.

The Student Princes, who enter the tournament at 18-7 overall and a 12-5 record (third place) in the Ohio Athletic Conference, earned one of 20 at-large bids into the 64-team field. The Berg and the Eagles are in a four-team pod with Franklin College and host Illinois Wesleyan

Heidelberg will face Wisconsin-La Crosse (20-6) in the opening round of the tournament at 5:15 EST on Friday.

The berth is HU’s first since the 2007-08 team won the OAC Tournament to advance. The 1983-84 and the 1994-95 teams also received at-large bids.

Led by Head Coach Andy Bucheit, now in his ninth season, ’Berg featured a balanced attack all season long.

First-team All-OAC honoree Emmanuel Perdue started all 25 games and has averaged 15.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest.  Dylan Woods, who garnered All-OAC honors for the fourth-straight season, tallied 12.3 points per contest and a team high 87 assists.  Isaiah Young was voted Freshman of the Year in the conference, averaging 10.8 points per game.

Zane Leitwein is the fourth ‘Berg player to average in double figures.  The sophomore averaged 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, and had a team-high 38 steals.

Eric Panning, Seth Hohman, Tre Watkins and Nakhi Taylor have all been critical pieces in the success of the Student Princes.

The winner of the Heidelberg / La Crosse game will battle the winner of the Franklin / Illinois Wesleyan game. Franklin (14-14) won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and received the league’s automatic bid. Host Illinois Wesleyan went 21-5 overall and won the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin tournament.

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