MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the East Region's No. 3 seed, the NCAA Selection Committee announced Sunday night.
It is the 18th trip to the Big Dance for the Hawks, who have been selected to the NCAA Tournament field in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2004-05 and 2005-06. A year after serving as the host school for the NCAA East Regional at Southern New Hampshire University's SNHU Fieldhouse, Saint Anselm will be hitting the road and traveling to Southern Connecticut State University's Moore Field House from March 15-18.
The Hawks will take on sixth-seeded Le Moyne College in their quarterfinal round matchup Saturday. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the No. 2 University of New Haven and No. 7 Bloomfield College in a semifinal tilt Sunday.
Saint Anselm and Le Moyne met once during the regular season, with the Dolphins pulling out a 76-74 win on their home floor Jan. 22. The Hawks won nine straight after that defeat before falling in the semifinal round of the conference tournament. The two teams have met once before in the NCAA Tournament back in 1960. It was Saint Anselm's first ever appearance in the NCAAs and it posted an 88-75 victory against Le Moyne.
Saint Anselm is 10-20 all-time in 17 previous NCAA Tournament appearances. It competed in one previous NCAA East Regional at Southern Connecticut back in 2000 and punched the program's first and only ticket to the "Elite Eight" in Louisville, Ky., that year. Last season, the second-seeded Hawks were eliminated in the regional quarterfinal after a 77-66 loss to the seventh-seeded University of Bridgeport.
The Hawks will enter the tournament at 20-7 overall, coming off an 85-58 Northeast-10 semifinal loss to New Haven. The team was crowned Northeast-10 Regular-Season Champions for the second straight season and garnered the top seed in the Northeast-10 Northeast Division after finishing 17-4 in conference play. The Hawks pulled out a 79-78 nail-biter against Bentley University in the quarterfinal round March 2 before falling to New Haven on March 5.
Check back for more information on the NCAA East Regional.