PHILADELPHIA – Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Herb Magee will begin his 50th season as the head coach of the Philadelphia University men's basketball program on Saturday, Nov. 12 when the Rams face the University of the District of Columbia in the Gallagher Center. The game will be the first of 28 on the 2016-17 Rams' schedule.
The Rams are slated to play nine non-conference games during the upcoming season, two against 2016 NCAA Tournament opponents.
Four of the nine non-conference games will take place in the Gallagher Center. In addition to the contest with the Firebirds, Philadelphia will host Franklin Pierce on the opening weekend of the season (Nov. 13). NYIT (Nov. 27) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Jan. 18) are also scheduled to make a trip to Philadelphia. St. Thomas Aquinas reached the second round of the NCAA East Region Tournament last season.
Philadelphia will go on the road to face Molloy (Nov. 20), Kutztown (Nov. 29), and American International (Dec. 30). Kutztown made it to last year's NCAA Tournament Atlantic Region final. For the weekend of Dec. 17-18, Philadelphia will head to the College of Saint Rose to play in the East Region Classic. The Rams are slated to take on Assumption and the host Golden Knights.
Conference play consists of 19 games—10 away, 9 home. Philadelphia will have a home-and-home series against the other six teams in the southern division: Chestnut Hill, Georgian Court, Goldey-Beacom, Holy Family, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington (Del.). Against the seventh northern division teams, the Rams will host three of them (Post, Dominican, and Caldwell) and travel to the other four (Bloomfield, Felician, Nyack, and Concordia).
Philadelphia opens CACC play on Nov. 16 when the team heads to Delaware to face Goldey-Beacom. The Rams' first conference home game comes on Dec. 1 against USciences.
The regular season ends on Feb. 21 with a CACC match up against Wilmington in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia recorded its 33rd 20+-win season under Magee in 2015-16, going 23-9 overall. The Rams made the NCAA Tournament field for the 35th time in program history.
District of Columbia: Nov. 12 – Gallagher Center
Philadelphia goes into its season-opener against UDC on a three-game winning streak against the Firebirds, including a 77-64 win last season…The Rams lead the all-time series 4-1, 3-0 in games played in the Gallagher Center.
Franklin Pierce: Nov. 13 – Gallagher Center
The Rams picked up their first win against the Ravens a season ago with an 80-75 overtime victory in the season opener…It was the first time that the two teams had met in the Gallagher Center…Philadelphia is now 1-3 all-time against Franklin Pierce, including two NCAA Tournament losses (2012, 2014).
Goldey-Beacom: Nov. 16 – Joseph West Jones Center and Feb. 1 – Gallagher Center
Philadelphia has won eight straight games against Goldey-Beacom…The Rams are 17-6 against the Lightning, 11-1 in Philadelphia…Philadelphia has won four consecutive games at Goldey-Beacom to improve its record in Delaware to 6-5…Goldey-Beacom's last win against Philadelphia came on Feb. 9, 2012.
Molloy: Nov. 20 – Quealy Gymansium
Philadelphia is on a nine-game winning streak against Molloy…The Rams are 10-3 at Molloy, including wins in the last four meetings…The Rams lead the all-time series 24-6…The Lions' last win against the Rams came on Dec. 3, 2002.
NYIT: Nov. 27 – Gallagher Center
The former New York Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals are meeting for the first time since Feb. 21, 2005—an 87-54 loss at NYIT…Philadelphia has the series advantage 22-6…The Rams' last win in the series came on Jan. 20, 2005—an 88-68 win in Philadelphia.
Kutztown: Nov. 29 – Keystone Arena
The Rams and Golden Bears will square off for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons, the 2009-10 season was the exception…The last time the teams played at Kutztown, the Golden Bears earned a 75-72 win on Nov. 25, 2014…Philadelphia leads the series 26-8.
University of the Sciences: Dec. 1 – Gallagher Center and Feb. 7 – Bobby Morgan Arena
Philadelphia has dropped its last two meetings against USciences…Philadelphia's last win in the series came on March 6, 2015 in the CACC Tournament…The Rams last swept the regular season series against the Devils in 2010-11…Philadelphia is ahead in the series 18-9, 10-4 at home…The Rams have lost the last four in Bobby Morgan Arena.
Wilmington (Del.): Dec. 3 – WU Athletics Complex and Feb. 21 – Gallagher Center
The Rams have won three in a row against the Wildcats, including the 2015 CACC Tournament final…Philadelphia leads the series 23-4, 14-2 at home and 8-2 at Wilmington.
Georgian Court: Dec. 6 – Gallagher Center and Feb. 16 – GCU Wellness Center
Philadelphia is 6-0 all-time against Georgian Court…The Rams have an average margin of victory of 17.7 points per game in their six wins, 21.3 in the three games at Georgian Court.
Chestnut Hill: Dec. 10 – Sorgenti Arena and Jan. 24 – Gallagher Center
The Rams had a nine-game winning streak against the Griffins snapped in the last showdown between the two on Feb. 23, 2016…Philadelphia has won 20 of the 23 all-time meetings with Chestnut Hill. The Rams are 12-2 at home and 8-1 in Sorgenti Arena…Philadelphia won its last four games in Sorgenti Arena.
College of Saint Rose: Dec. 17 – Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium
The Rams are on a seven-game winning streak against the Golden Knights…Philadelphia leads the all-time series 19-12, but is 5-7 at Saint Rose…The Rams won the last two games at Saint Rose…The last time the teams played in Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium was Dec. 16, 2012.
Assumption: Dec. 18 – Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium
The Rams have lost three of their last four meetings against the Greyhounds with Philadelphia's win coming on Dec. 21, 2014 at Holy Family…The series is even with each team earning nine victories.
American International: Dec. 30 – Henry A. Butova Gymnasium
The teams are meeting for the first time since the Yellow Jackets defeated the Rams in the NCAA Tournament on March 14, 2015…Philadelphia leads the all-time series 3-2, but AIC has won the last two games.
Bloomfield: Jan 4 – The Gym
Philadelphia has won four straight games against Bloomfield since the Bears knocked off the Rams for the 2013 CACC championship…The Rams are 6-2 at Bloomfield, including wins in the last two games…Philadelphia leads the all-time series 15-5.
Felician: Jan. 7 – Job Gymnasium
The Rams are on a six-game winning streak against the Golden Falcons…Last year, Philadelphia defeated Felician by 31 points—the largest margin of victory in series history and during the 2015-16 season…Philadelphia is 11-5 all-time and has won three in a row at Job Gym.
Post: Jan. 10 – Gallagher Center
The Rams has run off nine consecutive victories, three in the CACC Tournament, over the Eagles…During the streak, Philadelphia has won its five home games by an average of 20.2 points…The Rams are 15-2 all-time against Post, 8-1 in Philadelphia…Post's last win came on Feb. 19, 2011 in Philadelphia.
Holy Family: Jan. 12 – Gallagher Center and Feb. 18 – Campus Center
Philadelphia and Holy Family have split the regular season series in each of the last three seasons…The Rams last swept the Tigers during the regular season in 2011-12…Philadelphia is 27-6 against Holy Family all-time, 17-1 at Philadelphia University.
Nyack: Jan. 14 – Bowman Gymnasium
After dropping its first-ever meeting with Nyack, Philadelphia has rattled off 12 straight wins against the Warriors…The last four games have been decided by 10 or fewer points…The Rams are 5-1 in Bowman Gymnasium.
St. Thomas Aquinas: Jan. 18 – Gallagher Center
The Rams and Spartans are meeting for the first time since Nov. 27, 2011…Philadelphia has won the last five games in the series—three games by single digits…The Rams lead the series 14-3 and are a perfect 9-0 against the Spartans in Philadelphia…Philadelphia has won its nine home games by an average of 12.8 points.
Dominican: Jan 28 – Gallagher Center
Philadelphia has won four of the last six games against Dominican, dating back to Feb. 11, 2012…The Rams are ahead in the all-time series 12-4…Philadelphia is 7-1 against Dominican, including wins in the last two games, in the Gallagher Center…The Rams have a margin of victory of 16.6 points per game with the Chargers in home games.
Concordia (N.Y.): Feb. 4 – Meyer Athletic Center
The Rams defeated the Clippers in each of the last four games…Philadelphia won the last game at Concordia, 77-75, on Feb. 21, 2015 to stop to a two-game skid at the Meyer Athletic Center…The Rams are 34-3 all-time against the Clippers, 13-3 at Concordia.
Caldwell: Feb. 11 – Gallagher Center
Philadelphia has won 10 of the last 11 against Caldwell, including the last four…The Rams are 10-4 all-time, 5-1 at home…Philadelphia is on a five-game home winning streak, averaging a margin of 16.4 points.