CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Liberty seeks a spot in the NCAA Division II Final Four today when it plays Winona State (Minn.) in a quarterfinal game at 18,865-seat Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m. EDT.
The game can be viewed online at NCAA.com.
The Hilltoppers (33-1), riding a 19-game winning streak, are playing in their third straight NCAA Elite Eight after capturing the regular-season and tournament championships in the West Virginia Conference.
A win tonight can match their furthest advance in the tournament, as they played in the 2011 national semifinals in Springfield, Mass., before losing to BYU-Hawaii 110-101.
It's the first meeting between West Liberty, the nation's top-ranked Division II team, and Winona State (27-7) from the Northern Sun Conference. The Warriors won national titles under current coach Mike Leaf in 2006 and 2008 and were runners-up in 2007.
The game matches up a pair of first-team Daktronics All-America selections in West Liberty's Alex Falk, a 6-foot-4 senior guard (20.8 points per game) and Winona State's Clayton Vette, a 6-9 senior center (20.7 points, 7.9 rebounds).
The Warriors will try to slow West Liberty's relentless offense, which tops the nation in points per game at 103.4. Five different Hilltoppers average double figures in points, with Falk followed by Cedric Harris (16.7), C.J. Hester (12.4), Shawn Dyer (11.2) and Chris Morrow (10.7).
Winona State leans on its defense, which allows an average of only 65.4 points. Just four opponents have scored 80 or more points on the Warriors, and none more than 89.