Men's Basketball to Open 2004-05 Campaign in Preseason NIT

New York – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team will make its third appearance in the 2004 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) when it opens the 2004-05 season against Quinnipiac in The Palestra on Nov. 16. Penn’s other two appearances in this tournament came in 1994 and 1999.

“Obviously it is a privilege to be opening the new year at the Preseason NIT, especially with a game in The Palestra,” Penn Head Coach Fran Dunphy, who will begin his 16th season at Penn in 2004-05, said. “It’s a great way to kick things off and to see where your program is headed early in the playing season.”

The NIT, which was inaugurated in 1985, kicks off on campus sites throughout the nation with first round action November 15 and 16. The second round follows up on November 17-19 with the semifinal and championship doubleheaders coming to New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 24 and 26. Certain games will be seen on ESPN and ESPN2.

The Quakers, which lost three of their top five scorers to graduation in 2004, return nine letterwinners, including two-time All-Ivy League guard, senior Tim Begley.

Penn’s entire 2004-05 men’s basketball schedule will be released soon.

The sites, pairings and dates are as follows for the 2004 Preseason NIT:

November 15: George Washington at Wake Forest (ESPN2)

American at Virginia Commonwealth

Binghamton at Michigan

Charleston at Colorado

November 16: Niagara at Providence (ESPN2)

Quinnipiac at Penn

San Diego at Arizona (ESPN2)

Wright St. at Tulsa

(Times are all TBA)

Written by Carla Zighelboim