Hiram College

NCAC 620The Hiram College men’s and women’s basketball teams will open play in their respective North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) tournaments on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The men will host Kenyon at 7:30 p.m., while the women will play at Kenyon at 7 p.m.

The men’s squad will be seeded third and posted an 18-7 overall record and 12-6 mark in the NCAC. The 18 overall wins for the Terriers are the most since 1973-74 and the 12 conference victories are the most since Hiram joined the league in 1999-00.

The Terriers swept both meetings against the Lords this season, recording a 88-78 win in Gambier on Dec. 5 and winning in Hiram 92-74 on Jan. 23.

Hiram will make its first trip to the tournament since the 2011-12 season, when the Terriers fell to Ohio Wesleyan in the quarterfinals.

Hiram will also host a quarterfinal matchup for the only the second time since they joined the NCAC. The Terriers also hosted in 2008-09, falling to Wabash (Ind.) 83-75.

The women’s squad enters the tournament as the number six seed and finished 12-13 overall, with a 6-10 record in the NCAC. The 12 victories tied a single season program record and and the six NCAC are the most for the program since they joined the conference in 1999-00.

The Terriers and Ladies split their two matchups this season, with both teams winning on the road. Hiram was victorious in Kenyon, 62-61, on Dec. 5 but fell at home 49-35 on Jan. 23.

The Terriers qualified for the NCAC tournament last season and fell to top seed DePauw (Ind.).

Tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for children (18 and under). Students with NCAC institution IDs will be admitted for free.