MIAA Men's Basketball Tournament First-Round Preview

Green, black and golf MIAA Men's Basketball Tournament logo by Alan Babbitt

The Hope College men's basketball team tips off the MIAA Tournament on Tuesday, February 25 at third-seeded Adrian College. It is 7 p.m. start.

The winner advances to Friday's 5 p.m. semifinal against second-seeded Calvin University at Albion College. Albion faces either Trine University or Alma College at 8 p.m. Saturday's championship game is 7:30 p.m. at Albion.

Records: Hope 12-13 overall; Adrian 14-11

MIAA Tournament Website and Schedule

The sixth-seeded Flying Dutchmen are 46-16 all-time in MIAA Tournament play, including a 15-1 first-round record. Hope lost the 2019 MIAA Tournament opener at Calvin, 68-66. 

Against Adrian, Hope is 6-2 in postseason play. In their last postseason meeting, Hope defeated Adrian, 81-65, in the 2018 semifinals at Olivet College.

MIAA Tournament History

This season, Hope and Adrian split their two meetings. On January 18, the Flying Dutchmen won, 87-63. Sophomore guard Tyler George of Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Central HS) scored a career-high 28 points that included six 3-pointers. Junior forward Preston Granger recorded a double-double of 23 points 10 rebounds. On February 12, Adrian won, 71-65, after Hope's second-half comeback fell short. Granger finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman forward Evan Thomas of Okemos, Michigan (Okemos) also had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Team Comparison

Scoring Offense: Hope 75.8, Adrian 77.2

Scoring Defense: Hope 75.3, Adrian 77.4

Leading Scorers

Hope: Preston Granger 20.5, Evan Thomas 13.1, Tyler George 10.6

Adrian: Jordan Harris 22.6, Jeremy Kalonji 19.3, Trey Helsinki 8.5

MIAA Stats Leaders

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