HANOVER, Ind. – The final D3Hoops.com National Top 25 Poll was announced late Monday evening, with the Hanover men's basketball team coming in at No. 7.
The seventh place ranking marks the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Panthers have been put among the top 10 in the country. Hanover was also ranked seventh in the final poll of the 2004-05 season and was high as No. 2 during the 2003-04 campaign.
Hanover finished the 2016-17 year with a 26-4 overall record and 16-2 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Blue and Red also advanced to the program's first ever NCAA Tournament Sectional Championship. The magical year for HC also included the regular season and tournament conference championships.
D3hoops also dished out postseason recognition to junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) and head coach Jon Miller over the past few weeks. McKinney, who was a Great Lakes first team all-region selection, also earned fourth team All-American honors. Miller was named D3Hoops' Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.
The Panthers' run in the NCAA Tournament ended in the Elite Eight with a loss to Augustana (Ill.), who finished as the national tournament runner-up and third in the final top 25 poll. The Blue and Red advanced to the Elite Eight after defeating Hope (Mich.) on the road with a last second shot in the Sweet 16. The Flying Dutchmen came in at No. 12 in the final poll.