There are worse ways to open a college basketball season ... truly, we can't think of too many better ... than with a doubleheader by your hometown men's and women's team. Come to think of it, it's something more college basketball programs should do.
And, that's what Canisius is doing to kick off its 2010-11 season on Friday night, Nov. 12 with its two teams hosting opponents in the Koessler Athletic Center.
The women's team begins the season with a 6 p.m.. contest against Kent State, followed by an 8:30 p.m. contest between "Little Three" rivals Canisius and Saint Bonaventure.
The only thing better than that would be a pre-doubleheader trip to the Anchor Bar, or to Duff's, whichever is your favorite for chicken wings, Buffalo's culinary delight.
This will mark the first home opening doubleheader since the 2006-07 campaign for the Canisius basketball programs. The Canisius women’s team went 12-19 overall and 6-12 in MAAC play last season and head coach Terry Zeh will bring back two starters and eight letterwinners to this year’s roster. The meeting with the Golden Flashes will be the third in school history and the first since Nov. 27, 1989.
The Canisius men’s team went 15-17 overall and 8-10 in league play last year, with the 15 wins standing as the most for the Blue and Gold since the 2000-01 season. Head coach Tom Parrotta will return four starters and eight letterwinners to this year’s team, which is looking to build off its first home winning season since 2003-04. The meeting with the Bonnies will mark the 159th all-time contest between the two schools, but this will be just the fourth time since 1968 that the two long-time foes have played on the Koessler Athletic Center court.