Rams set to take on Post in the first round of the CACC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament

Rams set to take on Post in the first round of the CACC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball starts its quest for the 2011-12 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) title Saturday night against Post University in the opening round of the conference tournament at the Gallagher Center at 7 p.m.

The Rams went 18-8 overall and 13-4 in conference play to enter the CACC Tournament as the second seed in the southern division. Post went 13-14 during the regular season and 11-7 against the CACC to earn the third seed from the north.

Philadelphia, 10th in the NCAA Division II East Region Rankings, is led by All-CACC selections guard Jim Connolly and center Temi Adebayo.

Connolly, a first-team selection, is on top of the conference–eighth nationally—in free throw percentage (90.0). Connolly is second in the CACC in made three-pointers (74), third in minutes per game (37.7), fourth in points per game (ppg) (17.6) and 11th in three-point percentage (38.3).

A third-team pick, Adebayo owns the CACC's best field goal percentage (59.8). He is second in the conference—fourth in Division II—in blocks (89), 14th in scoring (15.0 ppg) and 19th in rebounds per game (6.0). He is tied for the most blocks in a single game at the D-II level this season—10 against West Chester on Nov. 15, 2011.

Guard Nick Christian is fifth in the conference in assists (132), eighth in steals (41) and 11th in rebounding (7.3). Guard Nick Schlitzer ranks second in free throw percentage (88.9) and 15th in scoring (14.9).

Post has a pair of all-CACC honorable mention selections in guards Josh Lopez and Jake Wilcox. Lopez is the team's top scorer with 11.7 ppg and second with 40 steals. Wilcox has team-highs with 143 assists and 47 steals.

In the first meeting on Jan. 7, Connolly scored a season-high 35 points to lead the Rams to an 86-75 win in Waterbury, Conn.

The winner will take on the either Holy Family, the south's four seed, or the top team from the north Bloomfield in a semifinal game on Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m. at Caldwell College. The conference championship game is Saturday, March 3 at Caldwell at 4 p.m.

The other half of the bracket has Goldey-Beacom, the southern division's top seed, taking on Concordia (N.Y.), the number four team in the north, in one quarterfinal and Dominican (N.Y.), the north's second seed, hosting the third seed from the south Chestnut Hill.

The winner of the CACC Championship Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.