URBANA, Ohio -- The 53rd season of Blue Knight men's basketball officially gets underway this weekend under new head coach Nick Dials when Urbana travels to the IRMC/Hilton Garden Inn Classic. Hosted by IUP at the Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex in Indiana, Pennsylvania, UU will challenge the sixth-ranked Crimson Hawks (0-2) tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. and Pitt-Johnstown on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. ET.
What you need to know:
IUP at a glance:
Sixth-ranked IUP lost both games against ranked opponents last weekend at the Small College Basketball (SBC) Hall of Fame Classic in Evansville, Indiana, which included seven other D-II teams. The Crimson Hawks opened against No. 20 Findlay (L, 80-61) and most recently fell against No. 10 Ferris State in a tight contest, 86-82. Under head coach Joe Lombardi, the Crimson Hawks have reached the postseason in nine straight years. IUP went 28-4 last season and return four starters, including junior duo Jacobo Diaz and Dante Lombardi who are preseason All-Americans.
Pitt-Johnstown at a glance:
Under long-time head coach Bob Rukavina, the Mountain Cats are coming off back-to-back winning seasons. UPJ finished 19-11 last year and returns two starters including all-conference guard Dale Clancy (14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.2 apg). UPJ was picked to finish sixth in the PSAC Western Division after making its third straight conference tournament appearance last season.
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Following the season opening games this weekend, UU travels to Hillsdale College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt in Hillsdale, Michigan.
Courtesy of the Urbana Univeristy Media Department and posted with their permission.
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