Wittenberg was denied playing in the the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2012 when it reached the Elite Eight.
“It’s going to be awesome,” senior Connor Seipel said Tuesday. “Probably a great environment. Not as good as it would be because there’s only going to be limited fans, but it’s going to be fun. We’ve been waiting for three years to get here.”
Wittenberg advanced with victories against La Roche and Susquehanna last weekend at Pam Evans Smith Arena. While it was somewhat of a relief to get past the second round after losing at that point the last two seasons, there was no sense that this was a team just happy to be in the third round. The Tigers wanted more.
“They were certainly disappointed about losing in the second round the last couple of years, feeling we were good enough to advance,” Croci said. “I certainly think that drove a lot of the work and focus, but there was no contentment and satisfaction with the win. They’re definitely happy about playing and continuing the season, but they want to keep playing. We’re just as good as anybody and we want to go prove that.”