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Eureka (13-14)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Dakota Bennington; 6-3; Jr.; 23.1; 6.0

G Hank Thomas; 5-10; Sr.; 20.7; 3.2

F Austin Juergens; 6-4; Jr.; 13.1; 5.4

F Jordan Dehm; 6-5; Jr.; 12.0; 8.9

F Alex Wiegant; 6-4; Sr.; 9.6; 6.9

Nebraska Wesleyan (26-1)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Nate Schimonitz; 6-4; Jr.; 16.2; 3.8

G Jack Hiller; 6-6; Jr.; 12.4; 4.7

G Ryan Garver; 6-3; Sr.; 16.2; 6.0

F Cooper Cook; 6-5; Sr.; 14.8; 7.0

F Clay Reimers; 6-7; Jr.; 11.0; 6.3

Time, radio: 7:30 p.m., KFOR 1240 AM/103.3 FM.

Scouting: The guard combination of Dakota Bennington and Hank Thomas are a big reason why the Red Devils average 93.6 points per game, sixth in NCAA Division III men's basketball. NWU is not far off that pace at 91.0 points per contest, just under Eureka's defensive average of 91.2. Eureka set a single-game school scoring record with 163 points in a 17-point win over Greenville in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.

Trending: Eureka might have a sub-.500 record, but the Red Devils have won six of their last seven games and captured a conference tournament title, so they have momentum. No. 1 NWU is 39-1 in its last 40 games dating back to its run to the 2018 national championship.

Forecasting: The teams have one common opponent -- Grinnell. Wesleyan beat Grinnell in the season-opener 143-90 at home on Nov. 8. Three days later, Eureka lost at Grinnell 131-108. In other words, the Prairie Wolves are a heavy favorite to advance to Saturday's second round.

— Ron Powell

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or rpowell@journalstar.com.


Sports reporter

Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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