Division III schools across the country are in the middle of the NCAA Tournament.
It’s officially March, which means the March Madness of college basketball has already begun. In this case, we mean the Division III NCAA Tournament, where there were a handful of canine-related schools who were invited.
For the enormous amount of schools in Division III, there are very few that are use canine nicknames. By our count, only 18 of the 448 schools in the classification fit our coverage parameters. Still, a fair amount of those schools made the NCAA Tournament, whether the men’s or the women’s.
The men’s tournament started on Friday, March 1, with all games taking place on campus sites until the Final Four at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.
The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs traveled all the way to Walla Walla, Washington to play the Whitman Blues in the first round. That game was still in progress at the writing of this article.
The Moravian Greyhounds defeated the Keen State Owls 86-65 to face the Hamilton Continentals on the road in Clinton, New York, in the second round on Thursday, March 7.
Finally, the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves hosted the Red Devils from Eureka College, and trounced them soundly 101-75. The Prairie Wolves will host the St Thomas (Minnesota) Tommies in Lincoln on Thursday, March 7.
Nebraska Wesleyan, incidentally, is the defending national champion after they defeated Wisconsin-Oshkosh 78-72 in the National Championship.
On the women’s side, one of the few canine-related schools were the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs, who fell to the Texas-Dallas Comets on the road by a 62-51 score.
The only other canine school in the women’s tournament were the DeSales Bulldogs, who soundly beat the Shenandoah Hornets 77-49. As a result, DeSales will host the Middlebury Panthers when they visit Center Valley, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night, March 2.
The women’s tournament also started on Friday, March 1, with all games taking place at campus sites until the Final Four.
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