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Wittenberg-Wooster preview


Who: Wittenberg (15-7, 8-5 NCAC) at No. 14 Wooster (19-3, 12-1 NCAC)

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Timken Gymnasium, Wooster, Ohio

Probable Wittenberg starters

Height, Class, Position, PPG

Cole Bond, 6-6, Jr., F, 2.3

Steven Newell, 6-0, Jr., G, 7.1

Zack Leahy, 6-0, Jr., G, 11.8

Sam Collins, 6-4, So., W, 10.8

Scott Masin, 6-5, Jr., P, 15.0

Probable Wooster starters

Height, Class, Position, PPG

Kenny DeBoer, 6-5, So., F, 8.2

Jake Mays, 6-8, Sr., C, 9.3

Doug Thorpe, 5-9, Jr., G, 13.3

Xavier Brown, 6-0, So., G, 13.9

Evan Pannell, 6-2, So., G, 6.9

About Wittenberg: The Tigers have won three of their last four games. They won the first two games of the season by 17 points each, over Johns Hopkins and Case Western, and they’ve won their last two games by 17 points each, over Allegheny and Wabash. … Wittenberg leads the all-time series 54-49, but Wooster has won 12 of the last 20 and six of the last 10. The Tigers have won two of their last three regular-season games at Wooster (2010 and 2012), but it also lost the 2010 and 2011 NCAC tournament championship game to Wooster at Timken Gym.

About Wooster: The Scots outscored Ohio Wesleyan 15-2 in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter Wednesday, ralling for a 74-67 overtime victory. Xavier Brown’s jump shot with 25 seconds left tied the game and sent it to overtime. Wooster clinched the NCAC regular-season title with the victory. It leads the conference with 15 regular-season titles and has won the title eight of the past nine seasons and 12 of the last 16. … Talawanda grad Josh Claytor is Wooster’s top scorer off the bench (9.1). … Lakota East grad Jalen Goodwin averages 5.7 points per game.

Women’s game: The Tigers play at Wooster at 2 p.m. Wittenberg (11-11, 7-6 NCAC) has won two games in a row, beating Allegheny 57-46 last Saturday and Denison 59-45 on Wednesday. Wittenberg is tied for fourth place with Allegheny. Wittenberg beat Wooster 54-45 on Jan. 19. Wittenberg leads the NCAC in field-goal percentage defense (35.2). Amber Rice ranks second in the NCAC in free-throw percentage (86.9) and third in 3-pointers made (38).

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