2007
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
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

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).

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.