Thursday, September 22, 2011

Detroit Mercy to name court for Dickie V

Dick Vitale, the shy, softspoken, reticent (just kidding) ESPN college basketball analyst who in the 1970s put the University of Detroit on the college hoops map, will have his day on court when the Titans play St. John's on Dec. 5.
The Detroit Titans will that day dedicate Dick Vitale Court at Calihan Hall to honor the man who brought  players such as Terry Tyler and John Long into the program and led the school into the NCAA tournament.
The installation of a new hardwood court is part of a $1.6 million renovation project at Calihan Hall, an intimate arena that has for years been one of the better places in southeast Michigan to watch basketball.
The game against Big East Conference member St. John's, set to begin at 7 p.m., will be telecast by ESPN2.
Tickets are $20 and $10. A portion of ticket sales will go to the V Foundation, a Detroit spokesman said.
The V Foundation, started by the late Jim Valvano, a friend of Vitale who coached North Carolina State to the 1983 NCAA tournament championship, raises money for cancer research.
Detroit's home schedule includes games with Butler, Cleveland State, Milwaukee, Valparaiso and Western Michigan.
The Detroit ticket office is at (313) 993-1700.


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