TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's basketball team is ranked 19th nationally in the latest d3hoops.com national weekly poll released on Monday night.
The current poll marks Rose-Hulman's best men's basketball national ranking since reaching the No. 13 spot in February 1999. The Fightin' Engineers are also the only Indiana school to receive votes in the d3hoops.com men's basketball national poll.
Rose-Hulman stands 19-2 on the season and leads the HCAC at 13-1 in league play after defeating previously No. 22 ranked Transylvania 54-49 in its most recent game on Saturday. The Fightin' Engineers also rank No. 1 nationally in the weekly NCAA Division III rankings in defense, allowing just 48.1 points per game.
Defense has been Rose-Hulman's calling card this season, as the Fightin' Engineers have held 11 opponents to 45 points or less and seven opponents to under 40 points in a game.
Offensively, junior Julian Strickland leads the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game, with senior Austin Weatherford also in double figures at 12.1. The starting lineup also includes senior Brenton Balsbaugh (7.2), senior Jon Gerken (6.9), and junior James Pillischafske (4.7).
Rose-Hulman hosts Franklin College (13-8, 8-6 HCAC) on Wednesday night at 7:30 at Hulbert Arena. The Fightin' Engineers will honor their senior class of five members that have achieved a 62-39 record and one NCAA Division III Tournament trip prior to their final regular season home game. Live in-game stats and live video for all games left this season will be available online at www.rose-hulman.edu/sports.