HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College men's basketball team opens Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with the Grizzlies of Franklin on Wednesday before welcoming Manchester on Saturday.
REMAINING PERFECT: The Panthers enter conference play with an unblemished record after defeating Webster as part of the Webster (Mo.) Classic, 65-58. The perfect 4-0 mark is the best start by the men's basketball program dating back to before the 2010-11 season.
HOT SHOOTING: The Blue and Red have torched the nets from three-point averaging 9.3 per game while shooting 36.6 percent. Leading the charge is senior Blake Robertson (Greenfield, Ind.) entering the week averaging 2.5 per game from behind the arc. Junior Isaac Hibbard (New Albany, Ind.) and sophomore Carlos Garcia (Mason, Ohio) are a close second shooting 45.5 percent from downtown.
HCAC OPENER DOMINATION: Hanover has dominated the HCAC season opener winning five straight including the last two meetings against area rival Franklin. The team's last HCAC opening game lost dates back to the 2013-14 season when the Blue and Red fell to the Grizzlies, 74-68.
SCOUTING FRANKLIN: The Panthers currently hold a seven-game win streak over Franklin, with two of the wins coming in conference opening matches. The Grizzlies last victory inside Collier Arena dates back to the 2013-14 campaign when they knocked off the Panthers, 74-68. The team enters the week 3-3 overall led by sophomore Matt Krause averaging 17.8 ppg, while junior Payton Mills has averaged 11.8 ppg. The team is currently boosting a 3.3 rebound margin, averaging 34.8 per contest.
SCOUTING MANCHESTER: The Blue and Red enter Saturday winners of eight straight matchups against the Spartans, including a perfect home record dating back to the 2010-11 campaign. Manchester 2-3 overall opens league action at Rose-Hulman on Wednesday before traveling to Hanover on Saturday. The Spartans are averaging 77.4 ppg while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor.