Catholic University Men’s Basketball Team to Open
at Notre Dame Next Year, Game Kicks off Cardinals’ 100th
WASHINGTON--The Catholic University of America men’s basketball team will open its 100th anniversary season next year with an exhibition game at the University of Notre Dame. The contest between the two Catholic schools will be the first of many centennial activities being planned to celebrate CUA’s storied basketball history.
The Cardinals and Fighting Irish will meet for the first time in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 6, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey and Cardinal Coach Steve Howes worked out details of the game late last month.
"Playing against Notre Dame would be a privilege for any Division III school," Howes said. "For us it takes on added significance given the historic nature and Catholic mission of both universities. It's an honor to have this opportunity and I'm very grateful to Coach Brey for making it happen. I can't think of a better way to kick off our 100th year of basketball at Catholic University."
Brey and Howes have known each other for many years, and Brey is quite familiar with CUA, having played and coached locally at DeMatha Catholic High School and later playing at George Washington University.
Howes enters his sixth year at his alma mater with a career record of 92-48, two conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He follows in a long line of accomplished Cardinal head coaches that includes Tom Young, who won more than 500 games in his coaching career; Jack Bruen, who guided Colgate University to two NCAA Division I Tournaments and coached 12-year NBA veteran Adonal Foyle; and Mike Lonergan, current head coach at the University of Vermont who led the Cards to the 2001 NCAA Division III national championship.
"When I think of all the great coaches in CUA history, from Tom Young to Jack Bruen to Mike Lonergan, I am truly humbled that I will be the first to take on Notre Dame," Howes said. "I believe it is a fitting way to say thanks to all those coaches and players who made the program what it is today."
The Cardinals have played against many Division I teams in recent years, both in exhibition games and regular-season contests. This year's team lost at American on Sunday, 70-64, in its final preseason tune-up. CUA has also played at, among others, Princeton, William & Mary and Davidson, which featured the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry. During its national championship season, the Cardinals defeated Albany (N.Y.), 59-56.
CUA begins regular-season play in the White Rose City Classic in York, Pa., on Sunday.