2014 NCAA Title Tilt
Williams vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Salem [VA] Civic Center
The championship game will air only on the CBS Sports Network, which is a channel that can be accessed by cable and Dish subscribers who have a sports package that includes CBS SN.
The championship game will NOT be available as a video webcast online. Only an audio online webcast will be available through D3Hoops.com's Hoopsville (see link above).
THE EPHS IN SALEM: The Ephs are making their seventh appearance in the Final Four in Salem and with the win over Amherst they have advanced to their fourth NCAA title contest.
The Ephs became the first New England team to win the NCAA DIII title when they captured the crown in 2003. The Ephs finished second in 2004 and 2010. This will be head coach Mike Maker's second title tilt appearance having coached the 2010 Ephs.
2014 marks the eighth overall trip to Salem for the Ephs as last year the national quarterfinals were played in Salem. Eph head coach Mike Maker has guided the Ephs to four Salem appearances in the last five years.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) did not permit its members to participate in NCAA post-season tournaments until 1993-94.
The Ephs enter with a five-game win streak and for the first time in the Mike Maker era they had to go on the road prior to Salem in NCAA Tournament games. The Ephs are now 6-0 in the Commonwealth of Virginia this season having defeated Washington College at Washington & Lee, Washington & Lee, Hampden-Sydney, Albertus Magnus (NCAA), Mary Washington (NCAA) and Amherst (NCAA).
Wisconsin-Whitewater and Williams are meeting for the first time.
The Warhawks are seeking to add a fourth NCAA title to their list – 1984, 1989 & 2012.
Wisconsin-Whitewater head coach Pat Miller is in his 13th year and sports a record of 290-83 (.777).
The Warhawks are riding a 5-game win streak into this evening's contest.
Junior guard KJ Evans is the top scorer for UWW netting 17.2 a game to go along with a team high 8.2 rebounds. Evans netted 30 of the 71 UW-W points in the 71-63 win over Illinois Wesleyan last evening.
Forward Reggie Hearn is contributing 12.3 points a contest, while junior guard Eric Bryson averages 11.8 and senior guard Quardell Young contributes 10.6 a game.
Young is the Warhawks' floor general and he averages 3.9 assists a game.
Wisconsin-Whitewater is hitting on 49.8% of the field goals, 36.6% of their 3s and connecting on 69.3% of their free throws.
Defensively the Warhawks are holding opponents to 42% from the floor and 31% from three.
Williams head coach Mike Maker is now the all-time leader in NCAA Tournament wins at Williams with 16, advancing past Harry Sheehy '75 who recorded 15 tourney wins.
Maker's 16-3 record gives him a glittering .842 winning percentage.
Williams' senior center and captain Mike Mayer was named First Team All-NESCAC, First Team D3Hoops.com All-Northeast Region and First Team All-Northeast District by the NABC for the second consecutive year. Mayer was also a pre-season All-America selection. Mayer averages 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, after scoring 19 points and collecting 10 boards in the win over Amherst.
Mayer has 9 double doubles this season including one in each of the five NCAA Tournament games. He is averaging 19.6 points and 13.6 rebounds in this year's NCAA Tourney.
All-time at Williams Mayer ranks 10th in points (1,443) and 6th in rebounds (707). Mayer needs just 3 points to tie the man responsible for him coming to Williams, Matt Hunt '99. Hunt coached at a rival school of Mayer's high school and suggested Williams as a college option to Mayer.
Eph freshman forward Duncan Robinson was named Second Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC Rookie of the Year and Third Team D3Hoops.com All-Northeast Region. Robinson leads the Ephs in points scored with 531 and he is the first Eph freshman to tally 500 points in a season. Robinson averages 17.1 points and 6.6 rebounds.
Robinson leads the Ephs in minutes played (1,073), 3-point % among players with 2 made per game (45.4), blocks (36), steals (36) and in 3-pointers made (79).
Duncan Robinson's AAU coach with the Middlesex Magic was Mike Crotty '04, point guard on the Eph NCAA Champions in 2003. Crotty was the first Eph named NESCAC Rookie of the Year (2001). Further, Robinson has set an Eph record for minutes played, breaking the mark previously held by Mike Crotty,
Senior forward and captain Taylor Epley has tallied 1,451 points in his career and he has 412 points (13.6) this season. Epley and Duncan Robinson are tied for team-high in 3-pointers made with 75.
All-time at Williams, Epley ranks 6th in points, moving ahead of Harry Sheehy '75 who netted 1,449.
Senior guard Hayden Rooke-Ley missed 9 games this season due to injury, but is back to health and is averaging 10.9 points a game.
Taylor Epley and Hayden Rooke-Ley have played previously in the Salem Civic Center in the national semifinals, as each appeared in the contest versus Wooster that Wooster won 73-71 in 2011. Mike Mayer and John Weinheimer were on the Eph team, but did not play in that contest.
6' 6" junior guard Dan Wohl leads the Ephs in assists with 101. He also averages 12.9 points a game and is a top defender with 33 blocks and 33 steals.
Junior center Ryan Kilcullen, a two-year member of the squad, backs up Mike Mayer at center and provides a different look as he hits 46.7% (28-59) of his 3-point shots. Kilcullen transferred in as a sophomore from Boston College, where he was a walk-on his freshman year.
Freshman guard Mike Greenman is one of just four Ephs to play in all 32 games to date, joining senior John Weinheimer, and juniors Dan Wohl and Ryan Kilcullen.
If any of the above quartet plays tonight, he or they, will break the Eph record for most games played in a season.
Greenman has great composure while handling the ball against pressure and he has developed into a 3-point threat as he showed in the win over Gordon hitting 3 straight 3s to erase a 7-point halftime deficit on the Ephs' first three possessions of the second half. Greenman is hitting on 40.7% (35-86) of his 3s.
In 125 minutes in five NCAA Tourney games Greenman has registered 12 assists, while committing just 4 turnovers.
EPH TEAM NOTES:
Senior John Weinheimer freshman Mike Greenman, junior Ryan Kilcullen and Junior Dan Wohl will set the Eph record for most games played in a season with 33 when they step onto the court this evening.
In the win 110-92 over Albertus Magnus the Ephs scored 46 points from the charity stripe (46-56 .821), breaking the previous NCAA DIII record of 43 free throws made in an NCAA Tournament game by Capital in 1982 and SUNY Potsdam in 1986.
The Ephs have made more free throws (571) than their opponents have attempted (485).
The Eph Class of 2014 enters tonight's contest with an overall record of 100-20.
From the floor the Ephs hit on 50.9% of their shots, while holding opponents to 41.8%.
Beyond the arc Williams is connecting o 39.5% and the opponents are making 33.6%.
Williams averages 15.2 assists per game vs. 10.2 turnovers.
The Ephs are making 76.5% of their foul shots and the opposition is making 69.1% from the charity stripe.
The 14 players on the Eph team hail from 12 different states: MA-2, WA-2, while there is one player from each of the following states: CA, ID, IL, KY, MO, NH, NC, NJ, OH, and OR.
Head coach Mike Maker is now 148-31 (.826) in his six years at Williams.
Williams College All-Time Record
through Mar. 21, 2014 (114 Years):
1,438 – 733 (.662) – Most of any DIII team in New England
Williams NCAA DIII Tournament History
NCAA Division III Tournament Record:
14th appearance since 1993-94
7th Final Four appearance in Salem
4th appearance in title tilt
2003 NCAA Champions
2nd Place: 2004 & 2010
3rd Place: 1997, 1998 & 2011