As that noted sportsman Sherlock Holmes used to say in moments of excitement, "The game is afoot."
In the case of Hamline's Men's BB team, that means a trip down Highway 61 to play St. Mary's in Winona. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and you can view a live webcast (or just follow the stats online) by clicking here.
The Pipers handled the Cardinals, 80-61, at Hutton Arena last month. But they will face a team tonight playing its last home game of the season. It is also a tricky team that has recorded four of its five 2011-12 wins on its home court (including a 51-49 win over Bethel).
Hamline enters the game tied with St. John's for sixth place -- the final playoff spot -- in the MIAC with a 9-9 record. They are a game behind fifth place Bethel, which is 10-8. The Johnnies host Macalester tonight while the Royals welcome St. Thomas to Arden Hills. (On Saturday, SJU finishes at home against Concordia while Bethel travels to first place Gustavus.)
While HU will be rooting for the Scots (who won at St. John's last year) and the Tommies (who lost their first meeting to BU and badly want a victory to keep their hopes alive for a first round bye), they also need a victory tonight and Saturday afternoon at Macalester to make their third straight trip to the MIAC postseason.