Whitman basketball playoffs set Thursday

The Missionary men and women both face Lewis & Clark, with the men at home at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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WALLA WALLA - Thursday's first-round playoff opponents and locations are set for the Whitman College basketball teams, and the men's squad will be hosting its game after all.

Meanwhile, based on Saturday night's end-of-the-regular-season games, the Whitman women are headed to Portland to play Lewis & Clark at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Missionary men, after getting upset Friday night at Pacific in their regular season finale, were expecting to play at Lewis & Clark as well on Thursday. That changed Saturday when the Lewis & Clark men lost, 76-73, to Willamette in Salem, Ore.

The loss dropped Lewis & Clark into a second-place tie with Whitman in the final conference standings. Both teams finished the regular season with 11-5 NWC records and 18-7 overall marks.

The tie-breaker for playoff seeding favors Whitman because the Missionaries split their two games with Lewis & Clark and also split two games with conference champion Whitworth. Lewis & Clark lost both of its games with Whitworth.

As the No. 2 men's seed, Whitman gets to host No. 3 Lewis & Clark at 7 p.m. Thursday.

No. 1 Whitworth hosts No. 4 Pacific Lutheran on Thursday in the other men's first-round game.

The Whitman women's team, which clinched its playoff spot by winning its regular finale Friday night at Pacific, takes the No. 4 seed to Portland on Thursday night to play their top-seeded Lewis & Clark counterparts.

George Fox and Lewis & Clark both ended their regular season tonight with victories, finishing in a first-place in the final standings.

The tiebreaker favors the Lewis & Clark women, giving them the No. 1 seed.

As the No. 2 seed, the George Fox women will host No. 3 Puget Sound on Thursday.

Winners of the first-round games, on the women's as well as the men's side, will meet next Saturday in the gyms of the highest remaining seeds.

Winners of those playoff championship games get the NWC's automatic berths in the NCAA Division III national championship fields.

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