MEDIA, Pa. -- The Penn State Brandywine men's basketball team will have an opportunity to play an NCAA Division I opponent when the Lions travel to the historic Palestra in Philadelphia to face the University of Pennsylvania on November 18 (Game time to be determined). The Lions and Quakers will face off in an opening-round game of the BD Global Gulf Coast Showcase.
Playing its first-ever game against a Division I opponent, first-year Head Coach Ben Kay's team will face a tough test against the 25-time Ivy League champions.
"We have many players from the Philadelphia area who grew up watching high school and college games being played on the Palestra floor. This gives these players the chance of not only fulfilling their dream of playing at the Palestra, but also the chance to play in a Division I game," said Kay.
Brandywine men's basketball has played at the Palestra five times since 1995, most recently on January 20, 2005, suffering a 55-48 setback to the Quakers' junior varsity squad. Each of the teams' meetings at the Palestra came while Brandywine was allowed only two-year eligibility for student-athletes by PSUAC rule.
"This is an incredible opportunity to play in the most historic gymnasium in college basketball. Playing and coaching in the Palestra, 'the Cathedral of College Basketball', is any young kid's dream and we are so excited to make this dream become a reality. We are thankful that Coach Donahue is giving us this experience and look forward to the challenge," remarked Kay.
Opened on January 1, 1927, the Palestra has hosted more NCAA basketball games, visiting teams and NCAA Tournaments than any other arena in the United States. It is the third-oldest college basketball arena still in use today in the country.
"When Coach Ira Bowman from Penn called me to ask if we were interested in playing Penn this season, the feeling was surreal. Not only is this my first year as a head coach, but the second game of my coaching career is going to be at the Palestra against a top-notch program," added Kay. I could not be more grateful to experience this and it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Without the help of Athletic Director Sarah Kurpel this would not be possible and I cannot thank her enough for making this happen."
Brandywine returns seven players from last year's team that finished in a tie for 10th place in the Penn State University Athletic Conference. Prior to their trip to the Palestra, the Lions host NCAA Division III McDaniel College to open the season on Nov. 15 at 7:00 pm.
Complete 2017-18 Penn State Brandywine men's basketball schedule
December 9, 2017 Lions Run Away From Scranton, 84-57
December 5, 2017 Brown Lands PSUAC Player Of The Week Award
December 5, 2017 Fisher Reaches 1,000 Career Points In Victory Over York
December 2, 2017 Lions' Winning Run Reaches Five Games With Road Victory
November 30, 2017 Brandywine Displays Historic Offensive Showcase In Rout Of Davis
November 29, 2017 Midnight Madness Basketball Games Coming To Brandywine Dec. 8
November 28, 2017 PSUAC Names Tindley Player Of The Week
November 28, 2017 Brandywine Opens PSUAC Slate With Victory At Schuylkill
November 26, 2017 Brandywine Fends Off Valley Forge; Evens Record At 2-2
November 21, 2017 Brandywine Picks Up First Victory, 90-83, At Abington
November 18, 2017 Brandywine Downed By Penn In The Palestra
November 17, 2017 Men's Basketball Ready For Palestra Showdown With Penn
November 15, 2017 McDaniel Clips Brandywine In Season Opener
November 14, 2017 Basketball Season Tips Off Wednesday
October 24, 2017 Tickets Available For Men’s Basketball Versus Penn At The Palestra
September 7, 2017 Coach Kay Using Basketball To Create A Social Change In Jamaica
August 7, 2017 Men’s Basketball To Face Penn At The Palestra