athletic director Jane Meier (left) and president Dr. James
Votruba (right) announced Thursday night that the University
of Louisville will open The Bank of Kentucky Center basketball
schedule Nov. 8 with a men’s/women’s doubleheader
against the Norse.
Ky. - Rick Pitino is bringing his University of Louisville Cardinals
up I-71 North this November to meet Northern Kentucky University
in The Bank of Kentucky Center’s first-ever men’s college
Dr. James Votruba announced Thursday night that Louisville and NKU
will open The Bank of Kentucky Center’s 2008-09 college basketball
schedule with a men’s/women’s exhibition doubleheader
on Nov. 8. The women’s game is scheduled to start at 5:30
p.m., and the men will tip off at 8 p.m.
past several years, those who follow NKU basketball know that our
men’s and women’s teams have been tipping off their
seasons with exhibition road games against big-time national Division
I powers," Votruba told the Regents Hall crowd at halftime
of the NKU/Saint Joseph's game.
played the likes of the UK, UC, Ohio State, Xavier and Indiana.
It’s always fun to face those kinds of opponents, and we’ve
come pretty close to beating several of them. I was thinking - maybe
the thing that has been missing, the thing that might help us score
a victory over one of these programs, is a home court advantage.
"That’s why it’s my pleasure to announce that
in about nine months – on Saturday, November 8, 2008 –
we will play the grand-opening and first-ever doubleheader in the
Bank of Kentucky Center against none other than the University of
a perennial NCAA Division I powerhouse and a member of the Big East
Conference, has never played Division II NKU in men’s basketball.
The Norse, coached by Dave Bezold, compete in the Great Lakes Valley
Conference East Division.
NKU has played
its basketball games in Regents Hall since the 1972-73 season, but
both Norse teams will move into their new, state-of-the-art facility
in 2008-09. The Bank of Kentucky Center will have a capacity of
9,400 for basketball.
Former NKU basketball
player Jeff Walz, a graduate of Highlands High School, coaches the
Louisville women’s team.
Walz will go
up against NKU head coach Nancy Winstel, who has more than 500 career
victories and ranks in the all-time top 10 for victories in NCAA
Division II history.
For ticket information,
call (859) 572-6639.
president Dr. James Votruba (left) talks with Local 12 sports
reporter Tara Pachmayer following the announcement Thursday
night that the University of Louisville will meet the Norse
on Nov. 8 to open The Bank of Kentucky Center.