The Purchase Panthers and the Manhattanville Valiants, two of Westchester’s best men’s basketball teams, will square off at Madison Square Garden Dec. 19 at 7 PM.
The announcement was made by Athletic Director Ernie Palmieri and Head Coach Jeff Charney. This is once in a lifetime opportunity for these neighborhood rivals to compete in this famous national arena on December 19.
Both Manhattanville and Purchase have fielded strong programs in recent years, with both teams in the NCAA tournament in the last four years. The Purchase Panthers took home the Skyline Conference tournament this past year 2010. The Manhattanville Valiants won the Skyline Conference regular season- and tournament championships in 2007 and have won at least a share of the conference regular season title in three of the last four years.
The Purchase game will be preceded by the Maggie Dixon Classic, which features four of the top Division 1 women’s basketball teams in the country: Texas A&M University versus Rutgers University at noon and Ohio State University against two-time defending national champion University of Connecticut at 3:30 PM.
Tickets will include admission to the two women’s contests.