Jan. 17, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – An added element of intrigue will be part of the DePaul-Villanova BIG EAST women’s basketball tilt on Sunday, as the nationally televised game which will showcase two of the league’s top teams is also slated to feature head coaches wearing microphones in-game. DePaul head coach Doug Bruno and Villanova head coach Harry Perretta will take turns being mic’d up, with one being wired per half, offering the FOX Sports 1 viewers the opportunity to listen in on the sideline directions from the Blue Demons’ McGrath-Phillips Arena at 3 p.m. (EST).
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 tilt 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 allows just 56.6 points per game).