A pair of former Elkhart Memorial basketball players will shoot for NCAA Tournament dreams in back-to-back nationally televised men's college basketball games Tuesday, March 11, on ESPN2.
Northeast Conference Player of the Year Karvel Anderson and the Robert Morris University Colonials host Mount St. Mary's in the NEC title contest at 7 p.m. in Moon Township, Pa.
Then Michael Kibiloski and IPFW face North Dakota State in the Summit League championship at 9 p.m. in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The winner of each game earns an automatic NCAA Tourney bid.
Anderson and Kibiloski are both seniors seeking their first such bids.
RMU (21-12, 14-2) is the No. 1 seed heading into its contest against the Mountaineers (15-16, 9-7).
Anderson is averaging a team-leading 19.0 points and 1.4 steals per game. He is 104-of-227 on 3-pointers for 45.8 percent to rank among the nation's leaders, is shooting 56.3 percent on 2-pointers and is at a dazzling 1.26 points per all field goal tries. He's also 82-of-98 at the line for 84 percent.
Robert Morris beat fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary's 77-69 and 69-61 during the regular season, but also was the top seed a year ago before being upset by the fifth-seeded Mountaineers in the semifinals.
In the Summit final, Kibiloski and the school-record-setting Mastodons (24-9, 10-4) are trying to knock off the top-seeded Bison (24-6, 12-2).
Like Anderson, Kibiloski has started all 33 of his team's games this season. He's averaging 6.9 points in 19.1 minutes per outing, is 56-of-143 on 3-pointers for 39.2 percent, has converted 68.6 percent of his limited 2s and also has a particularly high points per all field goal tries at 1.21.
Head-to-head, IPFW and North Dakota State are exactly even through 80 minutes of play, with the Dons prevailing 82-71 on their home court and the Bison winning 69-58 on their home court during the regular season.
IPFW has set a school mark this season with its 24 wins, is in the Summit final for the first time ever and is seeking its first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament appearance.
Kibiloski and Anderson played together under coach Mark Barnhizer at Memorial, with Anderson graduating in 2009 and Kibiloski 2010.