HAMDEN, Conn. – For the first time in program history, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team will be a part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Bobcats will take on La Salle in Philadelphia, Pa. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. The game will be aired live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
"We are very excited to be a part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon and to be playing against a La Salle team which went to the Sweet 16 a year ago," said head coach Tom Moore. "A nationally-televised appearance on ESPN, coupled with our three national post-season appearances over the last four years, continue to raise the visibility of Quinnipiac University and our men's basketball program. I'd like to thank our athletic director, Jack McDonald, and Lindsey Ross along with everyone at ESPN who made this happen."
The non-conference game will be QU's first true road test of the season and will come three days after the conclusion of the Connecticut 6 Classic. This year's date on ESPN will mark the first time Quinnipiac has appeared on the network since February 25, 2012, when it defeated Robert Morris, 73-69, at TD Bank Sport Center.
Quinnipiac (15-16, 11-7 NEC) accomplished many goals, individually and team-oriented, during the 2012-13 season. Quinnipiac made it eight straight appearances into the NEC Tournament, while also making some noise on a national front in the team's first, in-season tournament in program history. In its final season as a member of the Northeast Conference, Quinnipiac earned 10 or more wins for the sixth straight year – a distinction that not one other team shares with the Bobcats. Quinnipiac tied for fifth in the standings; but with a win in the re gular season finale would have claimed the second seed and a home game in the NEC Tournament.
La Salle, who is fresh off a historical run to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16, returns four starters from last year's squad. La Salle (24-10) was the fifth 13 seed to reach the Sweet 16 joining Bradley (2006), Oklahoma (1999), Richmond (1988) and Valparaiso (1998). Only six La Salle teams won more games than the 24 that the Explorers did in 2012-13 (1952-55, 1988-90).
Quinnipiac officially joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in July and looks to make its mark during the 2013-14 season. Quinnipiac's season opens at the Connecticut 6 Classic on Saturday, November 9 against Hartford at Webst er Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.
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