DePaul and Villanova head coaches will be mic'd up for Sunday's 2 p.m. contest at McGrath-Phillips Arena
Jan. 17, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – DePaul head coach Doug Bruno and Villanova head coach Harry Perretta will each be mic’d up during the 2 p.m. (CT), Jan. 19th contest between the two teams. The game will be aired on Fox Sports 1 with Chris Shearn and former Blue Demon great and assistant coach Sarah Kustok calling the action courtside at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Bruno and Perretta will each be mic’d up for a half. Bruno will be showcased in the first 20 minutes and Perratta takes the lavaliere for the conclusion. Fans tuning into the game will have the unique opportunity to hear the interactions between the players and coaches during various points of the game.
Perretta and Bruno are two of the longest-tenured and most-respected coaches in the business, combining for more than 60 years of experience, 1,200 wins and nearly 30 NCAA Tournament appearances.
“If being mic’d will have any effect in getting more people to watch women's basketball, I am really excited about being wired,” said Bruno. “I have been around coaching for a long time and have seen the evolution of the game on the court and can remember seeing the first women's basketball game on television.
“I feel honored and privileged to be involved in this 'wired experiment' of adding another dimension of sound that will give fans the opportunity to see what happens when the ball stops bouncing and the coaches start vocalizing their in-game strategies,” Bruno stated.
The two teams enter Sunday’s contest with matching 3-2 BIG EAST records, with DePaul standing at 12-5 overall and Villanova at 13-3. The game will be a contrast in styles, pitting the league’s highest scoring team -- DePaul at 83.9 points per game -- against the conference’s stingiest defensive squad -- Villanova, who allows just 56.6 points per game.