Philadelphia, PA- Bloomfield College and Philadelphia University have garnered the top seeds for this week's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Basketball Tournament. Three PhilaU players were named to the All-Conference squad, while Coach Magee was named 'Coach of the Year'.
The Deacons are the top seed for the North Division, while the Rams will head the South. The tournament is slated to begin Monday, March 1, with quarter-final contests set to tip at 7:00 pm.
Philadelphia enters the tournament as the hottest team in the region behind a 15-game win streak. The Rams are 24-6 overall and 16-1 in conference play, and ranked third in the East Region. The Rams are also the two-time defending CACC Tournament Champions, having defeated Bloomfield for the crown last season. The team will be led by a trio of seniors in guard Russell Frederick and forwards Malcolm Ingram and Mike Yocum. Frederick ranks fourth in the CACC in scoring (18.6), seventh in assists (4.10), 11th in steals (1.53) and first in three-pointers made per-game (2.73). Ingram stands sixth in scoring (16.5), sixth in rebounds (8.9), 10th in field-goal percentage (.539) and fifth in offensive rebounds (3.63). Yocum is 17th in rebounding (6.2), fifth in blocked shots (1.80), and chips in with 8.3 points per-game.
PhilaU seniors Russell Frederick, Malcolm Ingram and Mike Yocum were named to the CACC All-Conference Team.
Philadelphia head coach Herb Magee has provided one of the most exciting story lines of the season during his journey to become the all-time leader for NCAA coaching wins. He passed the legendary Bobby Knight on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with a victory over Goldey-Beacom College. It was his 903rd career triumph.
Philadelphia will host No. 4 Chestnut Hill College in Monday's quarter-final round. The Rams upended the Griffins twice in the regular-season, including an overtime thriller in the last meeting on Feb. 9, which the Rams won at home, 94-92, in overtime. The Griffins feature a balanced scoring attack, with four players averaging between 10.0 and 15.0 ppg. CHC is led in scoring by freshman guard Mark DiRugeris, Jr., who tosses in 14.2 ppg. DiRugeris is the second-leading free-throw shooter in the conference at 85.9-percent. Sophomore guard Ryan Cook adds 13.4 ppg, while grad student Larz Jeter is next with 12.8 ppg. Sophomore center Dan Comas sports averages of 10.9 points and 10.1 rebounds (second in CACC) per-game.
The 2009-10 CACC Tournament schedule is listed below. The semi-final and championship rounds will be hosted by Caldwell College.
Quarter-finals, Monday, March 1
N#4 Post at N#1 Bloomfield - 7:00 pm
N#3 Dominican at N#2 Felician - 7:00 pm
S#4 Chestnut Hill at S#1 Philadelphia - 7:00 pm
S#3 Wilmington at S#2 Goldey-Beacom - 7:00 pm
Semi-finals (at Caldwell College), Friday, March 5
Game 1 - 12:00 pm (highest remaining seed)
Game 2 - 2:00 pm
Championship (at Caldwell College), Saturday, March 6