Marian vs. Wisconsin Lutheran preview

Marian vs. Wisconsin Lutheran preview

Marian: 13-12, 10-10 NACC

Wisconsin Lutheran: 13-12, 11-9 NACC

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Marian men's basketball team travels to Wisconsin Lutheran for the first round of the 2015-16 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

How Marian got there

In the regular-season finale Marian defeated MSOE 67-62 and earned the season sweep over the Raiders. MU and MSOE both completed the regular season with identical 10-10 records in conference play. The Sabres won the tie-breaker and earned the No. 5 seed due to the series sweep.

Boyle and Noon meet again

MU's Mark Boyle and WLC head coach Skip Noon are two of the most respected basketball coaches in not only the NACC but in all of Division III – and for good reason. The two have coached for a combined 50 years and accumulated over 650 wins. This meeting will be the 60th time Boyle and Noon bring their teams to the hardwood, with Boyle holding a narrow 30-29 advantage.

Match-up to keep an eye on

Sophomore Alex Manhardt (6-6, 200) will likely be matched up against WLC senior Jim Marose (6-7, 230). Manhardt joined the Sabre program after Christmas Break and has been a major factor in the post and averages 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Marose averages 9.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest. Manhardt and Marose went head-to-head only once this season in MU's trip to WLC.  Manhardt scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Conversely, Marose scored eight points and hauled in 14 boards.

What's next?

The winner travels Friday to No.2-ranked and undefeated Benedictine.

Projected Starters:

Marian

Carvell Oliver – G

Alex Manhardt – F

Alex Stecker – G

Josh Creed – F

Reggie Roemer – G

Wisconsin Lutheran

Jake Jarnigo – G

Chase Nowak – F

Tanner Schieve – G

Collin Kennedy – F

Jim Marose – F