Men's Basketball Picked to Finish 4th in HCAC

Men's Basketball Picked to Finish 4th in HCAC

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been picked to finish fourth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball standings this season, in a preseason poll of league coaches released Wednesday.

Rose-Hulman received a total of 68 poll points for the fourth position after finishing with a record of 14-12 and 12-6 in league play last season.  The Fightin' Engineers return four starters and six of their top seven scorers, led by junior second-team all-conference selection Charlie Aimone at 16.2 points per game.

Other top returning scorers include sophomore John Czarnecki (8.3 ppg); sophomore Ryuji Aoki (7.9 ppg); senior Stephen Schueth (7.6 ppg); junior Nick McGrail (7.0 ppg); and junior Luke Callahan (6.3 ppg).

Rose-Hulman has reached the championship game of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament four times in the past six seasons.  Hanover, the preseason poll favorites, led the way after reaching the NCAA Elite Eight last season and winning the HCAC regular season and tournament championships.

Rose-Hulman opens the season with a trip to the Chicago Midway Classic, facing Trinity (Texas) and the University of Chicago on Nov. 17-18.  The home season begins Nov. 21 against Illinois Tech.

2017-18 HCAC MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL

Finish Team First Place Votes 2016-17 Record 2016-17 HCAC Record
1 Hanover 99 (9) 26-4 16-2
2 Mount St. Joseph 88 (1) 20-7 14-4
3 Transylvania 73 17-10 11-7
4 Rose-Hulman 68 14-12 12-6
5 Anderson 67 17-9 14-4
6 Manchester 43 10-17 7-11
7 Defiance 33 6-19 5-13
8 Franklin 28 6-19 3-15
9 Bluffton 27 13-12 6-12
10 Earlham 24 6-19 2-16