Friday, January 7, 2011

High-profile programs hit Wheeling for showcase

A who's-who of basketball powers from the Northeast will be in Wheeling, W.Va. Saturday for a six-game schedule of high-profile matchups at Wheeling Jesuit University.

The Cancer Research Classic at the Alma Grace McDonough Center tips off at 12:30 p.m. with Rice (New York) vs. Northland (Columbus, Ohio).

The rest of the schedule:
DeMatha (Md.) vs. St. Andrew's (R.I.), 2 p.m.
Archbishop John Carroll (Radnor) vs. Wheeling Park, 3:30 p.m.
Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) vs. Christ the King (N.Y.), 5 p.m.
PIAA Class AAA champion Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) vs. Mount Vernon (N.Y.), 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) vs. Wheeling Central Catholic, 8 p.m.

The CRC is being billed as the "Nation's Premier Catholic High School Basketball Tournament" and it's hard to argue. Some of the seniors in this event will be playing at Cincinnati, Michigan, Syracuse, George Mason, West Virginia and Georgetown next year.

DeMatha is ranked No. 9 nationally by Northland is No. 30, Christ the King is 49th, Rice is No. 98 and Wheeling Park is No. 99.

The fee is $4 for students and $7 for adults. Proceeds support the Urologic Research Institute of Wheeling Hospital's undergraduate cancer research scholarships and medical physics programs.

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