Newman University Men’s Basketball Selected to Host Nationally Televised Game

NU Basketball Huddle
Newman University Men’s Basketball team huddle before a game

The Newman men’s basketball team will play in front of a national television audience. NU has been selected by the NCAA and CBS Sports to host the CBS Sports Network Game of the Week for its contest against Dallas Baptist on Feb. 22, 2014 at Fugate Gymnasium on the campus of Newman University as one of eight nationally televised games.

“It’s a tremendous honor and great opportunity for Newman University, our students, faculty and staff to host one of five NCAA Division II nationally televised men’s basketball games this season,” Newman Athletic Director Vic Trilli said. “Newman University will have an opportunity to showcase our campus, our mission and our campus spirit and pride on national television. We will work extremely hard to make this event a huge showcase for Newman University and the Heartland Conference.”

The Jets are the seventh game on the schedule as they take on the Dallas Baptist Patriots at 12 p.m. CST.

“Division II is excited to partner with CBS Sports Network for an eighth basketball season showcasing our student-athletes, conferences and athletic programs,” said Terri Steeb Gronau, NCAA vice president of Division II. “Not only does the attraction of playing in front of a national audience enhance the student-athlete experience, it also creates a unique game day atmosphere that extends throughout campus and into the surrounding community.”

A 20-win team last season, NU notched its most wins since joining Division II in 2008 and gained its first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Jets were ranked in the NABC top 25 for the first time, moving as high as No. 14 in their five appearances. NU knocked off No. 2 Washburn, 86-69, which is the highest ranked opponent Newman has defeated all-time. Head Coach Mark Potter was named Heartland Conference Coach of the Year and Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission Coach of the Year last season.

“From the conference office we are very excited about the opportunity to have a nationally televised game in our conference,” Heartland Conference Commissioner Tony Stigliano said. “I’m also excited that it’s going to be hosted by Newman University because we will have great fan participation and they will reflect the enthusiasm within our conference. This is a great opportunity for the Heartland Conference.”

This is the second time in three years a Newman basketball program will appear on national television as the NU women’s basketball team defeated St. Edward’s, 69-51,at Fugate Gymnasium on Jan. 22, 2011 on CBS College Sports.

2013-14 Division II Basketball Game of the Week Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Conference

Dec. 14

3:00 PM

Men’s

Goldey-Beacom at Philadelphia

CACC

Jan. 4

12:00 PM

Men’s

Morehouse at Tuskegee

SIAC

Jan. 11

11:30 AM

Women’s

Michigan Tech at Ashland

GLIAC

Jan. 25

12:00 PM

Men’s

Maryville at Drury

GLVC

Feb. 8

11:30 AM

Men’s

Southern New Hampshire at Saint Anselm

NE-10

Feb. 15

2:00 PM

Women’s

Cal State San Bernardino at Cal State Monterey Bay

CCAA

Feb. 22

12:00 PM

Men’s

Dallas Baptist at Newman

Heartland

Mar. 1

12:00 PM

Women’s

Cal Baptist at Dixie State

PacWest

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