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Wed Dec 12
68 Denison
95 at Capital
in Columbus, Ohio
Sat Dec 29
80 East Tex. Baptist
84 vs. Denison
@ Emory in Atlanta, Ga. - Emory Holiday Classic
Sun Dec 30
61 Denison
50 vs. Oswego
@ Emory in Atlanta, Ga. - Emory Holiday Classic
Thu Jan 03
72 Denison
66 at #11 Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio
Sat Jan 05
67 Ohio Wesleyan
58 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 09
57 DePauw
47 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 12
95 Denison
98 at Allegheny
in Meadville, Pa.
Wed Jan 16
59 Denison
92 at #21 Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Fri Jan 18
85 #14 Wabash
74 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 23
89 Denison
91 at Hiram
in Hiram, Ohio
Sat Jan 26
87 Denison
70 at Kenyon
in Gambier, Ohio
Wed Jan 30
82 Wittenberg
72 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Feb 02
60 Denison
61 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Wed Feb 06
73 #9 Wooster
63 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Feb 09
90 Allegheny
75 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 13
81 Denison
86 at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Sat Feb 16
Final - OT
95 Denison
94 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
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Denison men draw Alma in NCAA First Round

Denison men draw Alma in NCAA First Round

Denison will play Alma College in Cleveland, Ohio in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament.  The four-team pod will be played at John Carroll University with the Denison-Alma game taking place at 5 p.m.

This is Denison's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since the 1996-97 season and the program's second NCAA Division III Tournament appearance, overall.  In 1997, the Big Red was shipped to Holland, Mich. where they suffered a 69-66 loss to Hope College.  Prior to the formation of Division III, Denison qualified for the NCAA Small College Regional Tournament in 1968.

This year's squad received the North Coast Athletic Conference's automatic qualifier after capturing the program's first-ever NCAC Tournament title on Saturday.  The Big Red were forced to run the gauntlet in the conference tournament, defeating perennial powers Wittenberg, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster for the right to cut down the nets in Delaware, Ohio.

Alma qualified by winning the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament.  This is Alma's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.  The other two teams in the regional were the host, John Carroll (25-3) who will face St. Vincent (22-6) at 8 p.m.

In the three NCAC tournament games, Denison's offense was firing on all cylinders.  They shot 54 percent as a team and 51 percent on 3-point field goals.  They knocked down 36 3-pointers in three games while also shooting 82 percent from the free throw line.  As the pressure built, they got better.  In the second half versus Wittenberg, Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan, DU shot 63 percent as a team and 56 percent (20-of-36) from beyond the arc.

David Meurer was named the NCAC Tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 22.0 ppg.  He was 8-for-12 from downtown (.667) and 21-for-35 from the floor (.600).

Jett Speelman followed at 21.7 ppg while averaging a team-high 34 minutes per game in the tournament.  DU's wildcard throughout the tournament was Matthew Bauer.  He shot 67 percent from long range (10-for-15) and averaged 14.3 ppg.

On the season, Speelman paces the team at 18.3 ppg while Meurer follows at 14.6.  Darius White also averages double-digits at 10.1 ppg.

Nationally, Denison is 25th in 3-point field goals made and 20th in free throw percentage and White ranks 13th in 3-point field goal percentage at 45 percent.

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