Lisle, Ill. – Benedictine University has been close to winning it all before, but never this close.
In 1991, the team made it all the way to the Division III Elite Eight before losing out to a UW–Platteville team coached by future Badgers legend Bo Ryan.
Despite making six more appearances since, the Eagles hadn’t won another NCAA tournament game until this year.
Now they’re winning in bunches, rattling off three in a row in postseason play – each by double digits – en route to the first Final Four in program history.
Benedictine is the highest ranked team remaining in the field at a perfect 30-0 on the year.
What’s more impressive is how they’ve done it.
The Eagles are first in the nation in assists, averaging nearly 20 helpers per game.
Their unselfish play paid off Saturday night in the Elite Eight, when they hit a season high 17 three-pointers.
Benedictine will need the same type of ball movement this weekend in Salem, Virginia if they want to secure the school’s first NCAA national championship in any sport.