NORFOLK, Va. - The Illinois Tech men's basketball team will be heading to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's National Championships for the second consecutive year. On Monday, the USCAA announced its 2018 Men's Division I Championships field, with the Scarlet Hawks earning the fourth seed in the eight-team tournament. Tech's first game will be on Wednesday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m. eastern (3:00 p.m. central) against fifth-seeded Rochester College.
Tournament format consists of eight-team bracket play with consolation matchups after the first round. A win over Rochester would advance the Scarlet Hawks to Thursday's winner's bracket matchup at 8:00 p.m. eastern time (7:00 p.m. central time), while a loss puts Tech in a consolation matchup at 11:15 a.m. eastern time (10:15 a.m. central time) on Thursday.
A full tournament schedule for the Scarlet Hawks will be posted to www.illinoistechathletics.com when made available. All of the Championship's matches will be live streamed and have live statistics at basketball.theuscaa.com, which also is the place to go for all Championship information. In addition, a full USCAA Championships Information release will be posted to www.illinoistechathletics.com in the coming days.
The Scarlet Hawks performed well yet again under Head Coach Todd Kelly, now in his fourth year. Tech enjoyed great success during the 2017-18 season, recording a 17-7 record with one game yet to play. Illinois Tech was also the fourth seed in last year's tournament.
Tune in for the men's last regular season game, played at Keating Sports Center, on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. against East-West. Illinois Tech Athletics will also retire Samuel Rarick's jersey number, #55, at halftime of the contest. Live audio, video, and stats will be available, with the live audio powered by Illinois Media School.