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Men's Basketball Preview: Feb. 28-March 2

Men's Basketball Preview: Feb. 28-March 2

SCHEDULE
Thursday, Feb. 28: Trevecca Nazarene (4-19 overall, 4-14 G-MAC) at Hillsdale College (17-8 overall, 13-5 G-MAC) |  Live Stats  |  Video  |  Tickets
Saturday, March 2: Kentucky Wesleyan (9-15, 7-11 G-MAC at Hillsdale College (17-8 overall, 13-5 G-MAC)  |  Live Stats | Video  |  Tickets

LINKS

G-MAC Men's Basketball Standings

G-MAC Men's Basketball Statistics

OVERVIEW

  • The final week of the regular season is at hand...The Chargers have clinched a spot in the conference tournament, but their seeding is still very much up in the air with two regular season games remaining
  • Although Hillsdale has lost three out of four, it remains the best defensive team in the conference...Hillsdale is allowing 63.6 points per game, nearly two fewer points per game than any other team
  • This week's games are the first set of back-to-back home games for Hillsdale since Jan. 31 - Feb. 2
  • The team's eight graduating seniors will be honored in a ceremony prior to Saturday's game vs. Kentucky Wesleyan
  • The Chargers beat both of this week's opponents on the road earlier this season by double digits
  • Defense has been the touchstone of success for the Chargers this year...They have held four different opponents to less than 50 points in a game
  • The last span of four games in which Hillsdale allowed its opponents fewer than 50 points occured in a stretch from Dec. 21, 2013 - Feb. 14, 2015
  • Trevecca and KWC are the two lowest-scoring offenses in the conference
  • The Trojans are last in the conference in scoring margin, getting outscored by its opponents by 19.3 points per game
  • These two teams are also ranked 12th and 13th in the G-MAC in rebounding
  • Entering play this week, the Chargers could finish anywhere from 3rd to 6th in the final regular season standings...tiebreaking scenarios for the G-MAC Tournament involving the Chargers are listed below

POSTSEASON SCENARIOS

Hillsdale can't catch Findlay for the #1 overall seed - The Oilers hold a three-game lead on the Chargers with two games left to play

If Hillsdale goes 2-0 this week, it will clinch the #3 seed in next week's conference tournament and will host a first-round game Tuesday, March 5

Hillsdale would lose a tiebreaker with Walsh - 15-4 in the G-MAC - by virtue of its win over Hillsdale on Dec. 8 

Hillsdale wins all tiebreakers with Cedarville - also 13-5 in the G-MAC - by virtue of its regular season sweep of the Yellow Jackets

Hillsdale would win a tiebreaker with Ohio Dominican - 12-7 in the G-MAC - by virtue of beating Findlay on Jan. 19...Findlay swept Ohio Doninican in the regular season

Hillsdale would win a tiebreaker with Lake Erie - 11-7 in the G-MAC - by virtue of beating Findlay on Jan. 19...Findlay swept Lake Erie in the regular season

Lake Erie can't fall below the #6 seed in the conference...The Storm hold a 2 1/2 game lead on 7th-place Malone with two games left to play...If Hillsdale finishes as the #3 seed, it would face Lake Erie (#6 seed) in the quarterfinal March 5

SERIES HISTORY

Hillsdale is 3-0 all-time versus Trevecca Nazarene...The Chargers won the first meeting of the season with the Trojans 79-56 on Jan. 26

Hillsdale is 2-3 all-time versus Kentucky Wesleyan...The Chargers won the first meeting of the season with the Panthers 57-47