scored a game-high 20 for Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday to keep the
Titans in the tournament.
IWU athletics photo by Jeff Findley
Tufts, FDU-Florham, DePauw and Whitman will host the women's sectional round, while the men's sectionals will be hosted at Amherst, Mary Washington, Illinois Wesleyan and UW-Stevens Point.
Dickinson knocking off Wooster in the Round of 32 on Saturday night means the NCAA has to spring for an extra flight in order to get them to any of the other three contenders, regardless of who hosts. But that pales in comparison to the women's lower right bracket. With Texas-Tyler knocking off Rhodes, that made that entire sectional a flight for each of the four teams.
In the NCAA world, all flights are not created equal. Trips of a certain distance require charter rather than commercial flights. However, the NCAA put the extra expense into flying three teams to Whitman, rather than flying commercial to a central location in Thomas More.
It's the first time a Northwest Conference team has hosted a women's sectional since 2006, when Ranodolph-Macon, UW-Stout and Hardin-Simmons played at Pacific Lutheran. Tufts hosting ends a streak of five consecutive years the Amherst women have hosted a sectional.
Mary Washington was selected as host because only it and Albertus Magnus are within 500 miles of all four teams remaining in the bracket. Albertus Magnus' gym doesn't meet the minimum seating requirements.
Women's sectional hosts: 41% success rate
Since the format of the NCAA Tournament changed in the 2000 season, all four sectional hosts have advanced to the Final Four just once in 14 seasons. On two occasions, none of the four sectional hosts have advanced. Teams in bold advanced to the Final Four.
|2012||Amherst||Mary Washington||Mount Union||Chicago|
|2011||Amherst||Lebanon Valley||Thomas More||UW-Stevens Point|
|2010||Amherst||Kean||Illinois Wesleyan||Washington U.|
|2009||Amherst||Rochester||Thomas More||Illinois Wesleyan|
|2006||Southern Maine||Scranton||DePauw||Pacific Lutheran|
|2004||Bowdoin||Marymount||Thomas More||UW-Stevens Point|
|2000||Rowan||St. Lawrence||Washington U.||Hardin-Simmons|
Men's sectional hosts: 46% success rate
Since 2000, all four sectional hosts have never advanced to the Final Four, although on three separate occasions, three teams have advanced. There has never been a year in which no sectional host moved on. In 2013, there were no sectionals because of the tournament format. Teams in bold advanced to the Final Four.
|2014||Amherst||Mary Washington||Illinois Wesleyan||UW-Stevens Point|
|2012||Middlebury||Franklin & Marshall||Wooster||UW-Whitewater|
|2010||Williams||St. Mary's (Md.)||Guilford||UW-Stevens Point|
|2009||Richard Stockton||Franklin & Marshall||John Carroll||Wheaton (Ill.)|
|2008||Plattsburgh State||Ursinus||Hope||Washington U.|
|2007||Amherst||Virginia Wesleyan||St. John Fisher||UW-Stevens Point|
|2004||Williams||Franklin & Marshall||Wooster||Puget Sound|
|2001||Clark||Christopher Newport||Ohio Northern||Chicago|
|2000||William Paterson||Cortland State||Calvin||Buena Vista|