NCAA Men's Basketball Selections Set for Monday

MONDAY AT 12:30 P.M.


Final SecondsBrenton Balsbaugh / Jim Shaw

746-ncaa-tourney-logoTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will learn its NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament first-round opponent, site and game time on Monday shortly after 12:30 p.m.

The Fightin' Engineers earned an automatic bid to this year's 62-team NCAA Division III Tournament with a 64-59 win over Hanover College in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game on Saturday night at Hulbert Arena.

The NCAA Division III selection show will be streamed live online on Monday at 12:30 p.m.  The show will include the bracket release for the 62-team tournament field and the 31 first-round matchups that are scheduled for Saturday March 2.  The NCAA will release both the matchups and the game sites for first-round action as part of the selection show.

The 62-team tournament field will include 42 team receiving automatic bids as conference champions; one squad receiving a bid as the top independent or champion from a non-qualifying conference; and 19 at-large bids.  Teams earning at-large bids will also be named during the selection show.

Rose-Hulman has formally applied to host NCAA Division III Tournament games this year.  The NCAA uses a criteria combining team seeding, facility quality, local community hotel and restaurant options, and attendance history to determine which institutions will host first-round games.

Rose-Hulman has tied a school record with 24 wins this season, matching the 1976-77 team that reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.  The Fightin' Engineers continue to lead NCAA Division III in scoring defense, allowing just 50.7 points per game.  

The men's basketball team will make its 10th NCAA Division III Tournament appearance and has reached postseason play for the second consecutive year.  The Rose-Hulman men's basketball history includes nine regular season conference titles and three league tournament championships. 

The 2012-13 campaign marks the first time in Fightin' Engineer men's basketball history that the team has won regular season and conference tournament titles in the same season.