Berkeley College basketball teams anxiously await potential USCAA National Tournament bids

The Berkeley College New York Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams – as well as the New Jersey Men’s Basketball team – are currently awaiting potential invitations to the 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament. The USCAA’s selection show will take place this Wednesday – February 26 – at noon, and will be streamed live with the association’s website. For further information, please keep it posted to the Berkeley College athletics page.

Berkeley College’s New York men’s squad is hopeful of a bid, as the team currently boasts a record of 14-9 overall. The Knights – who prior to this season won the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title three consecutive years – fell in the semifinals of the tournament this year to Vaughn College by a score of 73-70 in the semifinal round. Berkeley is currently listed as the No. 10 team on the USCAA Men’s Coaches Poll.

“Our student-athletes have a very positive mindset as it pertains to potentially having a chance to play in the USCAA National Tournament,” Head Coach Chris Christiansen said. “The most difficult aspect of the waiting process is the unknown. This has been a very challenging season for our team, but at the same time this is a group that enjoys challenges, so should we receive a bid, I know our guys will be prepared mentally and physically to give it their best on the court.”

As for the Berkeley College of New York Women, the Lady Knights are confident of receiving an invitation to the USCAA tournament, as the team currently owns a record of 13-6, including an unblemished 6-0 mark against Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents during the regular season. The Knights did fall in the semifinal round of the HVIAC Tournament, however, losing to St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn by a score of 73-59. Berkeley College is listed as the No. 3 team on the USCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll.

“Our team has worked extremely hard this season, and it would be very gratifying for our student-athletes should we earn a spot in the USCAA National Tournament,” Head Coach Sharod Tomlinson said. “A season ago, we played well enough to get ourselves into the championship game of the National tournament, and our players are eager to get that opportunity once again. I believe the experience that we gained last year can be a strength for us should we get an invitation to this year’s tourney.”

Berkeley College’s New Jersey Men’s Basketball team is currently 16-10 on the 2013-2014 campaign and believes it has a very strong chance to earn an invitation to this year’s dance. The Knights started slow out of the gate – dropping five of their first nine games this year before rallying to finish 12-5 in their final 17 contests. Berkeley currently comes in at No. 9 team on the USCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll.

“I feel that our team has done a very good job of collectively improving as the season has progressed,” Knights Head Coach Anthony Calabrese said. “One of the most important elements a team can have is confidence, and I’d have to say that right now we’re playing with a tremendous amount of confidence. We would be grateful for an opportunity to display our talents in the USCAA National Tournament. Time will tell for us.”

The USCAA National Tournament will take place in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and will be hosted by Penn State Fayette. The tournament runs March 4 through March 8, with games times to-be-announced.