Thursday, October 15, 2009

Remember, it's only an exhibition...

Most NCAA Division II schools tip-off their basketball seasons with a series of exhibition games against Division I opponents. These games do not count on the official records for either team.

In recent years, the California men have played exhibitions against Maryland, Dayton and Southern Illinois, among others. Next month, the Vulcans will play Miami (Ohio) and Purdue. The California women will play James Madison.

This most interesting/challenging exhibition game for PSAC teams this year involves the IUP women, who will play defending national champion Connecticut on Nov. 10. Connecticut went 39-0 last year.

"It is certainly a tremendous honor for our program to have the chance to play the UConn Huskies," IUP coach Jeff Dow said. "Over the past 15 years, they have been as dominant as any program in the country. It will be a special opportunity for our players to compete against a program the magnitude and national stature of the University of Connecticut.''

The Huskies are led by the reigning national player of the year in Maya Moore.

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