Montana Tech is into the round of 16 for the first time in program history.

The Orediggers next opponent is William Penn of Iowa. The Statesman are the #1 seed in the Cramer Quadrant (the Diggs the #4 seed) (The Full NAIA bracket can be viewed HERE.) They finished the regular season as the #8 team in the country, finishing the season 27-3. William Penn plays in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, where they won the regular season title, and the tournament championship as well.

The Statesman are the best rebounding team in the country, averaging 16 offensive and 33 defensive rebounds a game. They are also the second-highest-scoring team in the country, putting up 90 points a contest (helped out greatly by those 16 offensive rebounds a game).

The top-seeded William Penn trailed Rio Grande 29-19 at the half -in their round of 32 game- and exploded for 53 points in the second half. Turning a 12-point deficit into an 11-point win. The Statesman are heading to their 8th straight round of 16 appearance in their 13th overall NAIA Tournament.

The Orediggers celebrate after beating Thomas More on Thursday night and advancing to the final field of 16. Photo: Tommy O/Townsquare Media
The Orediggers celebrate after beating Thomas More and advancing to the final field of 16. Photo: Tommy O/Townsquare Media

This is the Orediggers’ 4th appearance in the National Tournament. The first two appearances came back to back in 1998, followed by 1999. Last season Montana Tech reached the national tournament once again,  and recorded their first win in school history. So far this year, the Orediggers have recorded two wins in the National Tournament, and are looking to add to that total tonight.

The Orediggers will take to the floor tonight at 6pm MT to battle the Statesman of William Penn in Kansas City. The Montana Tech Alumni Association is hosting a watch party tonight at the Knights of Columbus Hall starting at 5:30pm. Metals sports bar and grill we be serving appetizers for the game.

You can RSVP to attend the watch party HERE.


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