St. Thomas Basketball
Two weeks have passed since the college basketball season, and St. Thomas coach John Tauer is still kicking himself at how the year ended despite one of the most successful seasons in history of the program.
This week was spring break at the University of St. Thomas, and men’s basketball coach John Tauer said half-jokingly he’s miserable. It’s got nothing to do with school, but rather that he’s not preparing to play for a national championship.
The St. Thomas men’s basketball team left Wednesday morning for the Elite Eight in Salem, Va., after narrowly beating Calvin College 63-62 in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 last Saturday night.
Senior Noah Kaiser hit arguably the biggest shot of his career, a 3-pointer with just more than a minute left, to lift St. Thomas over Calvin 63-62 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Playoffs Saturday night.
Saturday night promises to be both exciting and bittersweet for the St. Thomas men’s basketball team. The Tommies (28-1), ranked No. 1 in Division III, host No. 12-ranked Calvin College (Michigan) in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
The St. Thomas men’s basketball team got off to a fast start and held off a second half comeback in a 68-58 win over Wheaton College Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs.
The road to a championship is never an easy one, and the St. Thomas basketball team isn’t expecting an easy match-up when it faces Wheaton College Saturday night.
It might be difficult to tell when a team which only has one loss on the season is peaking, but St. Thomas might be doing just that right now. The nation’s No. 1-ranked team in Division III dominated in its NCAA first round game against Aurora University (Illinois) in a 91-62 victory last Saturday night.
St. Thomas (26-1) will host Aurora University (Illinois) at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Anderson Athletics Center in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The St. Thomas men’s basketball team had a big day in a lot of ways Sunday, beating Augsburg 92-65 to win the MIAC Playoff title. It’s the third straight championship for the Tommies (26-1), who enter the NCAA Division III Tournament as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team.
The St. Thomas men’s basketball team welcomed a week off from game action, especially since winning a MIAC regular season title is what got them there. Now St. Thomas hosts Carleton (16-10) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the MIAC Playoff semifinals.
The St. Thomas basketball team is in an unusual spot this weekend, but it’s one they welcome. They can sit and rest, while four teams battle for three playoff spots on Saturday.
In a season full of tough games and gritty efforts, John Tauer and the St. Thomas basketball team had a little bit of fun earlier this week. That’s easy to do when you win your eighth straight regular season conference title and secure a No. 1 seed for the MIAC Playoffs.
There is still plenty to be decided in the MIAC men’s basketball season, but St. Thomas knows one thing: They’re in the playoffs.
It’s safe to say the St. Thomas men’s basketball team didn’t need much time to move on from its first loss of the season.
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