19 Mar 2021
USC will be the only Queensland university competing in the inaugural national University Basketball League (UBL) tournament that will begin next month after a year-long postponement due to COVID-19.
As one of seven universities in the competition, USC will have both a men’s and a women’s team in the six-round season that is due to start on Tuesday 13 April.
On that day, USC will play at home against La Trobe University, with the women's match to start at 2pm and the men's match at 4pm.
USC Sport Manager Nathan Gordon said teams of student athletes had been selected and would be led by well-known professional coaches Nathan Arousi (men’s) and Vern Robateau (women’s).
“The inclusion of USC in the national competition is a coup for both the University and regional student basketball athletes,” he said.
“Players will be supported by the USC High Performance Student Athlete Program and, further to that, the formation of the UBL will provide great opportunities for student engagement with work-integrated learning opportunities in various operational areas, including venue operations, marketing, team management, fan engagement, medical support and multimedia.”
Throughout the season USC looks set to host four home games, all of which will be livestreamed online.
Other universities competing in the UBL are La Trobe University (Melbourne), The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, The University of Western Australia (Perth), University of Technology Sydney, and Victoria University (Melbourne).
USC Stadium is the home venue for USC Rip City’s men’s and women’s teams in the NBL1 North league and the Queensland State League respectively. The University also has strong links with the Brisbane Bullets and hosted pre-season NBL games over recent years.
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