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Both Tiger basketball teams land in NAIA tournament bracket

For the first time in school history, both the women's and men's basketball teams at Dakota Wesleyan University are in the NAIA national basketball tournaments in the same year.

For the first time in school history, both the women's and men's basketball teams at Dakota Wesleyan University are in the NAIA national basketball tournaments in the same year.

While the women knew they would be in the 32-team field after gaining an automatic bid, the men were selected as an at-large team into the tournament.

The DWU women will be in the opening game played in the women's tournament, playing at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9 in Sioux City, Iowa. The Tigers (25-8) - a No. 3 seed in the eight-team Liston sub-bracket - will take on No. 6 Haskell Indian Nations University, of Kansas. The Indians (23-6) won the Association of Independent Institutions conference tournament and have won eight of their last nine games to advance into the national tournament. Haskell averages 77.1 points per game and make 45 percent of their shots, which is in the top 20 nationally.

If the Tiger women advance, they'll get the early start time again, playing at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11, against either Davenport (Mich.) or Southeastern (Fla.) in the second round.

Six Great Plains Athletic Conference women's teams are in the national field, a conference record. The Tigers are in the tournament for the first time since 2004 and the fourth time in school history.

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On the men's side, DWU (22-10) will take on Indiana Tech at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at Keeter Gymnasium in Point Lookout, Missouri, which is near Branson.

The Warriors (23-9) finished third in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and are one of the best defensive teams in the country. They lead the nation in total blocks and are fifth in scoring defense, giving up 66.4 points per game and holding opponents to 39.9 percent shooting.

The tournament is the Tigers' 21st appearance in a postseason national tournament and the eighth time that the Tigers have made the NAIA Division II tournament.

For more, check back with mitchellrepublic.com and read Thursday's print edition of The Daily Republic.

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