The following comes from Bellarmine sports information director, who passes along a couple of special events — and open practices all week — as Bellarmine prepares to travel to Findlay, Ohio, for the opening rounds of the NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament. I’ll be writing about the Knights in tomorrow’s paper, but here’s a rundown of what’s going on.
Bellarmine University is planning several special events to celebrate the men’s basketball team’s first appearance in the NCAA Championship since 1991.
The 24-6 Knights were awarded the No. 2 seed in the Midwest. They will play Kentucky Wesleyan, the No. 7 seed, at 2:30 p.m. in Findlay, Ohio.
To celebrate the team’s success, a pep rally will be held in Knights Hall on Wednesday, March 11 at 8:45 p.m. All fans are invited to this free event, which will feature performances by the cheerleaders and pep band as well as speeches from players, coaches and university administrators.
On Thursday, March 12, a player send-off will be held in the Knights Hall lobby from 5 to 6 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be available.
Saturday morning, Knights fans planning on driving up to Findlay are encouraged to decorate their cars and meet at Knights Hall at 8 a.m. to form a “Bellarmine Knights Caravan” to the NCAA Tournament
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (419) 434-4663. Patrons are limited to buying tickets one session at a time, which means that tickets for Sunday’s games will not be sold until after the games on Saturday. Ticket prices are $10 for reserved and $8 for general admission.
Coach Scott Davenport has opened practices this week for all fans and media outlets.
Practice times for this wee: Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday at 4 p.m.