TERRE HAUTE, IND.
-- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been selected to
finish third in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
this season, in a preseason poll of
league men's basketball coaches released
received five first-place votes and 86 total poll points after
an 18-win season last winter. Hanover was selected second
with 78 points and one first-place vote, followed by Rose-Hulman in
third place at 77 points.
The tightly packed poll also
featured first-place votes for teams picked fourth (Manchester),
fifth (Defiance) and sixth (Anderson). A total of six teams
will qualify for the 2011-12 HCAC Tournament in late
Rose-Hulman returns its top 10
scorers and all five starters from last year's team. Junior
Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights)
earned all-league recognition after averaging 11.3 points per game,
and Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) was
named HCAC Freshman of the Year after leading the team at 11.7
points per contest.
Junior Nate Gissentanner
(Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) also averaged double
figures last season at 10.4 points per game. The top 10
scorers all started game last year and are joined by seven
newcomers in the battle for playing time.
Rose-Hulman's schedule begins
with a trip to the Oglethorpe University Tip-off Classic on Nov.
18-19. The home opener takes place on Nov. 30 against Wabash
College at Hulbert Arena.
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