Men’s squad balances experience, youth

As if returning four starters wasn’t encouraging enough, the Franklin College men’s basketball team has another reason for optimism heading into tonight’s season-opener.

Eight freshmen, several of whom are expected to make immediate contributions, complement a veteran team that expects to contend for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship.

Franklin finished 14-12 last season and is looking for its first HCAC title since 2009. The Grizzlies open the season tonight at Wabash.

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