Hanover Men's Basketball Hosts Westminster in NCAA 1st Round

Hanover Men's Basketball Hosts Westminster in NCAA 1st Round
Release Courtesy of Hanover College Athletics

HANOVER, Ind. For the first time in its illustrious program history, the Hanover men's basketball team will host NCAA First and Second Round games inside Collier Arena.

The Panthers earned the final hosting position on the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Selection Show broadcast on Monday afternoon, as they will open tournament play with Westminster (Mo.). The other first round matchup at Hanover will be between Wooster (Ohio) and North Central (Ill.).

The First Round will begin with a 5:30 p.m. tip off with Wooster and North Central playing, as Hanover and Westminster will follow with a 7:30 p.m. start time.

Hanover earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's automatic bid into the national tournament by winning the league's tournament title. The Panthers finished the regular season 23-3 overall and their 16-2 HCAC mark was also good enough for the HCAC regular season crown.

This will mark the seventh time Hanover has made an appearance in the NCAA National Tournament, and the first time they will host both the first and second rounds. Hanover has hosted either a first or a second round game in four of their six NCAA Tournament appearances, going 3-1.

The Panthers are back into the national dance for the first time since the 2010-11 season, which saw that team bow out to Hope (Mich.) in the opening round.

Hanover has made it past the second round on two separate occasions, with the last coming in 2005, where they lost in overtime in the Sweet 16. Overall, HC is 5-6 in the NCAA National Tournament.

Westminster College, located in Fulton, Mo., finished as the conference champions of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 128-121 victory over Greenville.

Westminster is led by center Sean O'Brien who averages 16.3 points per game. The team averages 81.0 points per game while their opponents average 73.3. The Westminster Blue Jays have three averaging in double figures on the season.

A tournament page will be available on the Hanover men's basketball tournament home page later in the day. The webpage will have video and stat links available for all tournament games at Hanover, prices and directions, as well as team and NCAA website links.

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