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CUNYAC gets set to take spotlight

Bloochy Magloire and his fellow Dolphins will get bonus exposure if they can keep their run going into the CUNYAC finals.
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Here’s something that’s pretty cool and a nice boost for Division III.

For the first time ever, CUNYAC will get new exposure for its student-athletes, with the production of this year's 49th Annual CUNYAC Basketball Finals. The championship games on Feb. 28 will be made available to a national audience of 85 million households and millions more online via ESPN3. In addition to its viewership on televisions across the country, ESPN3 is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, through smartphones, tablets, and other smart devices with the WatchESPN app.

The women’s semifinals feature the top four seeds Staten Island, Baruch, Brooklyn and Hunter. Those games will be played Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s men’s semifinals feature nationally ranked Staten Island, winners of 22 in a row, York, Hunter and Lehman. Hunter and Lehman knocked off higher seeds to advance. All contests will take place at City College of New York.

If Staten Island and York advance to the championship, it would showcase two of the best stories in Division III this season. York features high-scoring guard Michael Woods, who is the nation’s second leading scorer. Staten Island, well, has one of the nation’s longest winning streaks (Read Rob Knox’s story on CSI). First things first, both Hunter and Lehman believe they can pull the upset.

While Friday will be a banner night for whatever squad is last team standing with a coveted berth to the NCAA Tournament, the CUNYAC, New York City hoops and more importantly Division III will also reap the benefits of the ESPN3 exposure. Student-athletes and coaches are excited for the opportunity to play on a national stage.

“Broadcasting the CUNYAC championship on ESPN3 is an amazing opportunity for the CUNY teams to showcase all the talent and hard work that the players in this conference put into each season,” said Brooklyn junior point guard Nicole Francomano. “Thanks to ESPN3 more people will be able to see the high quality of athletics that Division III has to offer.”

CUNY fans and alumni throughout the country will be able to watch their favorite institutions go...

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Rob Knox

A former Division III Sports Information Director at Lincoln University, Rob Knox also worked at ESPN, Kutztown and at the Delaware County Daily Times. He was named the CoSIDA Rising Star Award College Division winner and won three writing awards for various game stories including the 2007 Division III sectional triple-overtime matchup between Guilford and Lincoln. In the past, he has also written articles for SLAM magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan, a graduate of Lincoln and is from Chester, Pa.
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