No. 2 WashU Closes out UAA Play Saturday at Chicago

No. 2 WashU Closes out UAA Play Saturday at Chicago

at Chicago (12-12, 8-5 UAA) – Saturday, Feb. 24 - 3 p.m. (CT) - Chicago, Ill.
Live Video: https://uchicago.prestosports.com/sports/mbkb/live-video
Live Stats: http://washubears.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20180224_r85j.xml
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Interview with head coach Mark Edwards (WATCH).

BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 2-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team closes out the 2017-18 regular season at the University of Chicago (12-12, 8-5 UAA) on Saturday, Feb. 24. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. (CT) in the Windy City. 

CHASING PERFECTION – WashU wrapped up its 15th University Athletic Association (UAA) title, and is attempting to go perfect in UAA play for the third time in program history and fifth all-time: 1997-98: Chicago (14-0), 1999-2000: Chicago (15-0), 2001-02: WashU (14-0), 2013-14: WashU (14-0).

CLASS OF 2018 – The senior class (Matt Highsmith, Jake Knupp, Kevin Kucera, Andrew Sanders, David Schmelter, Sasha Sobolev) has helped guide the Bears to a 78-24 (.765) overall record with three NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2017 and 2018 UAA Championship. This group has also posted a 41-14 (.745) conference mark in their four seasons on the Danforth Campus.

BEARS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT – WashU wil be making its 21st NCAA Division III Tournament appearance, and 24th overall. The Bears sport a 33-18 (.647) all-time postseason record in Division III play, and a 37-21 (.638) overall mark in postseason play. WashU made three-straight Final Four appearances from 2007-09, and captured the 2008 and 2009 Division III National titles.

HIGH SCORING OFFENSE – WashU is averaging a UAA-best 87.0 per contest (2,089 points, 24 games), and has topped the 100-point plateau four times in conference play. The Bears are on pace to be the highest scoring team in school history, breaking the mark of 85.3 set in 1994-95. WashU is also on pace to tie the single-season school record for most three-point field goals made per game (8.0).

SANDERS INTO TOP-15 – Senior forward Andrew Sanders moved into 14th place on the all-time WashU scoring list with 1,229 points in 84 games, for an average of 14.6 per game. Sanders is eight points shy of passing Matt Palucki (2011-15) for 13th place. He has scored in double figures in 23 games this season, and 34-straight dating back to last season.

EDWARDS RANKS IN TOP-10 – Head coach Mark Edwards ranks ninth all-time in NCAA Division III in wins with a 685-291 (.702) overall record in 37 seasons on the Danforth Campus. Edwards is 13 victories shy of eighth (Randy Lambert, Maryville (Tenn.), 698-316).

SCHMELTER CLEANING THE GLASS – Senior center David Schmelter leads the UAA and ranks 24th in DIII in rebounding (10.4), and has recorded 13 double-digit rebound performances this season. WashU has had only five players in school history average double figure rebounding for a season, and Schmelter could be the first player since Steve Dodge in the 1969-70 season to achieve the feat.