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Marian men's basketball top seed at NAIA Opening Round tournament

Marian University’s men’s basketball team earned a No. 1 seed for the NAIA Opening Round and will travel to Indiana Wesleyan to start the postseason national tournament.


At the Marion Opening Round, the Knights (22-4) will be the top seed and play the winner of No. 2 seed Olivet Nazarene (15-4) vs. No. 3 seed Indiana Tech (21-8) at 4 p.m. on March 13.


The winner of the Marion Opening Round will join the national field of 16 teams in Kansas City, Missouri, for the NAIA National Championship which begins on March 18.


Marian won the Crossroads League Tournament to secure an automatic berth. It was the first championship for the Knights since 2001. Marian has won 13 straight games entering the NAIA tournament.


Morristown High School graduate Hayden Langkabel, a junior at Marian, has played in 22 games this season, started seven, and is averaging 6.4 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.