The Hofstra Men’s Basketball game against Kentucky, scheduled for Sunday, December 11 at the Barclays Center will be televised live by ESPN at 3 p.m., it was announced by the network today.
“We are thrilled to showcase Hofstra University and our basketball program on national television this season,” commented Hofstra Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Mihalich. “What a tremendous opportunity for our team to not only play a perennial national power in Kentucky, but to also have that game televised by ESPN and hosted by the Barclays Center. Thank you to everyone who made this opportunity possible.”
Mihalich continued, “When talking to our recruits and fans of Hofstra Basketball I always stress that it is our goal to play in world-class NBA facilities on a regular basis. This game against Kentucky is a home run for those that love Hofstra. The ability to watch us live at the Barclays Center or to tune in on ESPN achieves many of our scheduling goals and the Pride will be the one of the focuses of the sporting world on December 11.”
This will be Hofstra’s first-ever non-conference regular season appearance on ESPN. Overall it will be the program’s fourth-ever appearance on ESPN as they previously appeared on the network on March 11, 2000 vs. Delaware (America East Championship Game), March 10, 2001 vs. Delaware (America East Championship Game) and February 10, 2007 (vs. George Mason). Hofstra is 3-0 when appearing on ESPN.
Hofstra went 24-10 in 2015-16, winning the regular season Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title and advancing to the National Invitation Tournament. It marked the most wins for the program since the 2005-06 season and the regular season conference title was the program’s first since joining the CAA in 2001. In addition, the NIT appearance was the program’s first since 2007.
With 24 wins last season and 20 in 2014-15, it marked Hofstra’s first back-to-back 20-win campaigns since the 2005-06 (26) and 2006-07 (22) seasons.
Kentucky is coming off a 27-9 season in which the Wildcats captured a share of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular-season championship and the SEC Tournament title. It was the second consecutive season UK won both the regular-season and tournament titles. The Wildcats made the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time under head coach John Calipari.