Eagles to play Northwestern in men's basketball in 2007-08

Eagles to play Northwestern in men's basketball in 2007-08
September 13, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine University men’s basketball head coach Keith Bunkenburg has announced that his team will play NCAA Division I Northwestern University during the 2007-08 season. The game will take place at 7:00 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, November 20 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. “We are obviously very excited at the opportunity to play at Northwestern,” said Bunkenburg. “This will be a tremendous atmosphere for our players and fans alike. Northwestern is a quality program and does things in a first-class way. This will not only be great from a competition standpoint, but also something for our players to remember for the rest of their lives.” This will be the first game versus any of the current Big Ten teams for Benedictine, an NCAA Division III institution. While this will be the Eagles’ initial meeting with a Big Ten member, it is not the Eagles’ first venture versus a Division I foe. Benedictine opened the 2005-06 season with an exhibition game versus Northern Illinois University. During the 2004-05 campaign, Bunkenburg’s team faced both Eastern Illinois University and Loyola University as a part of the regular season. The Eagles lost both contests, falling to EIU, 86-62, and to the Ramblers, 74-59. Benedictine’s most memorable game versus an NCAA Division I opponent was during the 1990-91 season when Bunkenburg was an assistant under then head coach Tony LaScala. The Eagles lost to NIU by a 69-65 margin. Information for fan buses and other functions related to the game will be forthcoming on the Benedictine web site (www.ben.edu).


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.