February 24, 2014

HCAC Men’s Hoops Tournament Preview

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GREENWOOD, IN – The 2013-14 HCAC men’s basketball regular season has come to a close and the action shifts to tournament play this week.  The winner of the six-team HCAC Tournament will earn the conference’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (20-5, 15-3 HCAC) locked up the conference’s top seed last Wednesday, defeating Franklin 71-69.  RHIT captured its second-straight men’s basketball conference championship with the victory and will strive for their third consecutive HCAC tournament title this weekend.

Rose and Defiance posted a 7-3 record against the HCAC tournament field, while Hanover and Mount St. Joseph finished 6-4 against the qualifiers.  Transylvania and Franklin each posted a 2-8 mark against the competition.

The top seed Engineers are currently ranked No. 24 in the D3hoops.com poll, finishing the season with an 8-2 record down the stretch.  Rose-Hulman will take on the winner of Mount St. Joseph and Transylvania Friday night in the HCAC semifinals.  RHIT earned a split against the Lions and Pioneers during the regular season.

Mount St. Joseph (16-8, 13-5 HCAC) enters the tournament as the No. 4 seed and has posted four straight victories heading into tournament play.  The Lions will look to move into the semifinals with a win at home over No. 5 Transylvania Tuesday night.  The Mount posted a season sweep of the Pioneers.  Transylvania (9-16, 7-11 HCAC) will look to get back on track after earning a 3-7 mark down the stretch this season.  MSJ and TU will tip at 7:30 PM Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

Defiance (20-5, 15-3 HCAC) earned a share of its first HCAC title since the 2007-08 season and earned the No. 2 seed in this week’s tournament.  The Jackets have won nine of 10 down the stretch heading into the postseason tourney.  DC will face the winner of Hanover and Franklin in the other semifinal Friday night at Rose-Hulman.  The Jackets swept Franklin and earned a split with Hanover during the regular season.

Hanover (17-8, 13-5 HCAC) claimed the No. 3 seed and will play host to No. 6 Franklin Tuesday night.  The Panthers and Grizzlies (10-15, 7-11 HCAC) split their regular season series with each team winning on the road. Hanover finished the season 7-3 heading into tournament play, while Franklin finished the season 4-6.  FC and HC will tip at 7:30 PM Tuesday night.

The HCAC tournament championship game will take place at 7:00 PM Saturday evening from Rose-Hulman. 

Tickets will be $6.00 per session ($5.00 for students and senior citizens).  Children under the age of 11 are free.

2014 HCAC Men's Basketball Tournament Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 25 (at high seed)
Game 1 - #6 Franklin at #3 Hanover
7:30 PM
Game 2 - #5 Transylvania at #4 Mt. St. Joseph
7:30 PM

Friday, Feb. 28 (at Rose-Hulman)
Game 3 - #2 Defiance vs. #3/6 winner
6:00 PM
Game 4 - #1 Rose-Hulman vs. #4/5 winner
8:00 PM

Saturday, Mar. 1 (at Rose-Hulman)
Championship - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner
7:00 PM