Men's Basketball Opens Second Round of HCAC Play this Week

Men's Basketball Opens Second Round of HCAC Play this Week

HANOVER, Ind. – The Blue and Red will look to keep pace among the top of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a pair of key contests this week.

SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers and Ravens are currently tied in a dead lock for the second-place spot among the HCAC and enter battle on Wednesday at 7 PM. Hanover opens the second round of league play on Saturday, January 25 with a visit from Defiance.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Blue and Red enter the week led by junior Isaac Hibbard (New Albany, Ind.) averaging 12.9 ppg with a team-high 4.9 helpers. Junior Mark Albers (Pendleton, Ind.) continues to find success from the floor ranking second on the team at 11.5 ppg, shooting 41.4 percent. As a team, Hanover is averaging 72.3 ppg and 36.0 rebounds for a plus 6.3 rebound margin. Leading the effort is Hibbard at 5.9 rebounds per contest.

ON THE ROAD: The last road meeting between the Panthers and Ravens inside O.C. Lewis Gymnasium saw Anderson come out victories 79-74. The road loss was one of five for the Blue and Red during the 2018-19 campaign, with four coming against HCAC opponents. The Ravens are currently 3-4 at home this season.

SCOUTING THE RAVENS: Anderson holds an 8-7 overall record, 5-3 HCAC mark with the most recent victory coming at Rose-Hulman on Wednesday, January 15. AU is led this season by Maurice Knight averaging a team-best 20.2 ppg and 8.3 rebounds. Malik Laffoon ranks second among the Ravens at 12.8 ppg. As a unit, Anderson is shooting 43.6 percent from the floor including 33.8 percent from deep.

WELCOMING DEFIANCE: The Yellow Jackets and Panthers will open the second round of league play on Saturday, January 25 as Defiance searches for their first sweep of Hanover since the 2008-09 campaign. In the first meeting, Defiance defeated the Panthers 75-69 behind the performance of Marell Jordan. Jordan currently ranks second in points scored (12.3) behind team leader Sean Tyson averaging 13.4 ppg. The sophomore point guard also leads the team in assists at 5.2 per contest.