PhilaU Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams Advance in NCAA Tournament

The Philadelphia University men’s and women’s basketball teams have advanced to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament.

The women’s team, which won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championship on Saturday, received the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 seed New York Institute of Technology in the opening round on Friday, March 11 at Bentley University in Massachusetts.

The men’s team was awarded the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 St. Anselm College on Saturday, March 12 at Holy Family University in Philadelphia.

The men’s team (23-8) will make its 35th appearance in the NCAA Tournament—the 29th under Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame head coach Herb Magee. The Rams trail only Kentucky Wesleyan for the most NCAA Tournament appearances in Division II history.

The men’s basketball team is 33-38 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. They won the 1970 national championship and have been to five Elite Eights. Last season, the men lost to host American International, 58-53, in round one.

The PhilaU women’s team (25-6) will make its ninth appearance in the tournament field, the seventh under head coach Tom Shirley. The women’s team defeated Bloomfield 52-46 on Saturday to win the CACC championship and earn the conference’s automatic bid.

The women are 3-8 all-time in NCAA tournament play, including a trip to the Final Four in 1986. Philadelphia qualified for the tournament last season as a No. 7 seed and was eliminated in the opening round by No. 2 New Haven.

Game time and ticket information for both men’s and women’s teams will be announced later this week.

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