Men’s Basketball Headed to NCAA Tournament for First Time in Nine Years
Men’s Basketball Headed to NCAA Tournament for First Time in Nine Years

For the first time in nine seasons, the UNH men's basketball team is headed to the Division II NCAA tournament. The Chargers earned the No. 4 seed in the East Region, which will take place at Southern New Hampshire University. The NCAA men's basketball championship committee announced the field of 64 teams on Sunday night.

New Haven earned an at-large bid and will play fifth seed Dominican College, an at-large selection from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, in the opening round on Saturday, March 16, at 8:30 p.m.

It is the sixth time in program history the team has earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. In New Haven's most recent NCAA berth, the 2003-04 Chargers lost in the opening round to Southern New Hampshire. UNH has never advanced past the second round of the tournament.

The UNH men's basketball team will take on Dominican college on Saturday in the Division II NCAA tournament.

The team compiled a 19-8 record, including a 16-6 mark in the Northeast-10, and put together an 11-game winning streak.

In three seasons, head coach Ted Hotaling has taken a program mired in a bit of a downswing and has worked diligently to instill a sense of pride and confidence among his players. He says a big part of the transformation is setting standards and getting his players to understand those standards.

“I think as we’ve gotten into year three our players are speaking our language, and I think we’re all on the same page,” Hotaling said. “We have one voice, one vision, one goal for the program.”

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