PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play in front of a national audience as its home Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader against Bloomfield College on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 will be broadcast on ESPN3 as the NCAA Division II Basketball Games of the Week. The women’s game is slated for 2 p.m. and is followed by the men’s contest at 4 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.
“We are very excited to be the national games of week on ESPN3,” said Philadelphia University director of athletics and head women’s basketball coach Tom Shirley. “The last time we hosted the game of the week in 2013, it brought tremendous energy to the campus. This is a great opportunity to showcase the University and our student-athletes.”
The broadcast will be the first time that the women’s basketball team will play on the national stage, while the men are making their fourth broadcast appearance.
The men are 2-1 in nationally broadcast games, 2-0 as the Division II National Game of the Week. Philadelphia defeated Holy Family 64-59 on Feb. 9, 2008 and Goldey-Beacom 85-77 on Dec. 14, 2013. Both of those games aired on the CBS Sports Network. In the Rams’ first appearance on ESPN3, the team lost to Division I Boston College, 67-50, on Dec. 15, 2013.
The women’s team is currently 5-3 overall and tied for the top spot in the CACC southern division with a 3-0 record. Shirley is 12 wins away from joining the 700-win club.
Under of the direction of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and 1,000-game winner Herb Magee, the men are ranked 25th in the National Association Basketball Coaches poll and sit at 7-1 overall, 2-1 in CACC play.
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