TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology opens
the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament
against No. 23 ranked North Central College in a matchup
at Washington University in St. Louis tonight at 5:30
p.m. Central Time (6:30 p.m. Indiana time).
Tickets will be available beginning at 4:15 p.m. CT today
at the Washington University Box Office. Adult tickets are
priced at $6, with children's tickets available for $3.
Coverage of the game is available over local radio in the Wabash
Valley on ESPN Radio 92.7 FM. Live in-game stats and live
in-game video links are above.
Rose-Hulman returns to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in
school history and the first time since the 1998-99 season.
The Fightin' Engineers also make their fourth trip to the NCAA
Tournament in the Jim Shaw coaching era at the college.
Rose-Hulman stands 20-8 on the season and advanced to the NCAA
Division III Tournament with a 76-73 overtime win over Transylvania
University on Sunday afternoon. Transylvania was also
selected to the NCAA field of 62 teams.
Sophomore Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)
was named HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring a
career-high 30 points in the championship game victory.
Strickland leads the team in scoring at 12.9 points per game.
Junior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) joined Strickland on the all-tournament team at
the HCAC Championships and ranks second on the team in scoring at
12.7 points per game. Junior Jon Gerken (Defiance,
Ohio/Tinora) moved into third place on the team in scoring
at 7.2 points per game after a season-high 17 points in the
Rose-Hulman completed the regular season ranked No. 2 nationally
in defense and allows just 56.1 points per game. The Fightin'
Engineers have also recorded the fourth 20-win season in program
history this year.
Rose-Hulman's NCAA Division III Tournament history features one
trip to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals in 1976-77 when the
Fightin' Engineers finished a school record 24-4 under legendary
head coach John Mutchner. The team also advanced to the NCAA
Division III Sweet Sixteen in 1988-89 under Bill Fenlon.
North Central finished 20-7 this season and won the College
Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament title to earn its
automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals, who also
won the regular season league championship, have won 11 of
their last 12 games entering NCAA Division III Tournament play.
The balanced scoring attack for North Central features four
players averaging between 11 and 14 points per game, highlighted by
Landon Gamble at 13.5 points per contest.
No. 19 ranked Washington University (19-6) and Buena Vista
University (17-10) round out the four-team regional in St.
Louis. The second round matchup will take place Saturday
night at 7 p.m. Central Time (8 p.m. Indiana time).