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Point Park coach Bob Rager to participate in 'Brackets 101' panel discussion

Program will be held March 14, 2011 in Point Park's Student Center Gym

Pictured: Point Park basketball coach Bob Rager (right) and KDKA-TV's Bob Pompeani (left) at last year's Brackets 101 program. Pompeani and Ellis Cannon are back this year, and Ray Mernagh is a newcomer to the panel.

PITTSBURGH -- For the second year in a row, Point Park University men's basketball head coach Bob Rager will join local sports-media personalities for 'Brackets 101,' a panel discussion breaking down the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament.

This year's event will be held in Point Park's Student Center Gym on March 14, 2011. The program begins with registration at 5 p.m. For a full schedule of the night's events and to register, follow this link:

In addition to Rager, the panel discussion will include for the second year in a row KDKA-TV's Bob Pompeani, a Point Park alum, and The Pittsburgh Sports Reports' Ellis Cannon. Cannon, also a radio and TV host in the area, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Rounding out the panel will be Ray Mernagh of NBEbasketball.com.

Rager completed his 22nd year as head coach at his alma mater last month. Rager has 310 career wins at Point Park, and during this past season he became the school's all-time leader in victories. On Jan. 27, 2011, he earned his 306th win to pass his predecessor, the legendary Jerry Conboy. Conboy won 305 games from 1969-89.

Rager now has the third-most wins of any four-year college basketball coach in the City of Pittsburgh. In that category, he trails only Pitt's Doc Carlson (367-248) and Duquesne's Chick Davies (314-106).

Being in that well-respected company makes Rager a great choice to talk college basketball with Pittsburgh media personalities at Brackets 101. He also has plenty of tournament experience as a coach. He has led Point Park to the NAIA national tourney three times with a highlight being a run to the NAIA Division I Final Four in 1996-97.