GREENWOOD, Ind. – The HCAC men's basketball tournament will get underway Tuesday night with opening round action from Hanover College and Transylvania University. The six-team tournament will decide who receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The event will conclude with the semifinals and championship contests at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Friday and Saturday.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (16-9, 14-4 HCAC) locked up the conference's top seed on Saturday, after emerging from a three-way tie between Mount St. Joseph and Hanover.
The Fightin' Engineers posted a 7-3 record against the five other schools involved in the conference tournament. Mount St. Joseph also went 7-3 against the field, while Hanover finished 6-4. Transylvania and Anderson each earned a 4-6 mark against the field and Bluffton stood 2-8 against the tourney teams.
The top seed Fightin' Engineers finished the season with an 8-2 record down the stretch. Rose-Hulman will take on the winner of Transylvania and Anderson Friday afternoon in the HCAC semifinals. Rose-Hulman earned a split against Anderson and swept Transylvania during the regular season.
Transylvania (17-8, 12-6 HCAC) enters the tournament as the No. 4 seed and has won six out of its last 10 games heading into tournament play. The Pioneers will look to move into the semifinals with a win over No. 5 Anderson on Tuesday night. Transy earned a season split with the Ravens during the regular season. Anderson (14-11, 9-9 HCAC) claimed a 5-5 mark down the stretch this season. Transylvania and Anderson will tip at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night from the Beck Center at Transylvania University.
Mount St. Joseph (17-8, 14-4 HCAC) earned the No. 2 seed in this weekend's tournament. The Lions finished the regular season with a 6-4 mark, and will face the winner of Hanover and Bluffton in the other semifinal game on Friday afternoon at Rose-Hulman. Mount St. Joseph split with Hanover and Bluffton during the regular season.
Hanover (19-6, 14-4 HCAC) claimed the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 Bluffton Tuesday night in Collier Arena. The Panthers won the two contests against the Beavers (11-14, 8-10 HCAC) during their regular season series. Hanover finished the season 8-2 down the stretch, while Bluffton went 4-6 entering tourney play. Hanover and Bluffton will tip at 6 p.m. on Tuesday night in Hanover, Ind.
The HCAC tournament championship game will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Rose-Hulman's Hulbert Arena.
Admission to the HCAC Tournament is available for $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and non-HCAC affiliated students. Children under 3 and HCAC students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid campus identification.