Jan. 30, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola learned the identity of its opponent Tuesday morning for the February 17 game coming from the pool of teams under consideration for the ESPN BracketBusters event as the Greyhounds will travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on the Tennessee Tigers from the Ohio Valley Conference. The matchup will be the first-ever for Loyola against a team from the OVC. The Tigers will return the game to Reitz Arena during the 2007-08 season.
The Greyhounds were designated a road team among the 102 schools under consideration for television matchups which were determined by ESPN. The remaining teams were matched up according to RPI and geography. This is the second year that Loyola has participated in the event. Last year, the Greyhounds were designated a home team and hosted High Point University of the Big South, collecting a 77-71 win at Reitz Arena.
Loyola is currently in first place in the MAAC standings with a 9-2 record after Monday's 72-71 home win over Siena, sweeping the season series with the Saints. The Greyhounds have won eight of their last 10 and eight of nine conference games. The nine MAAC wins equals the third-most in school history. Next up are the 10 MAAC wins posted by the 1991-92 and 1996-97 editions.
The Tigers are 10-11 overall and 6-5 in the OVC entering a game tonight against Jacksonville State. There are two common opponents among the new foes with Tennessee State collecting a 49-47 win over Towson in November in Las Vegas and losing at Siena in December, 81-69. Loyola has swept Siena and lost at home to Towson, 70-62.
ESPN selected 28 teams to participate in 14 televised matchups to appear on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN 360. Despite all 10 members being among the teams under consideration, no MAAC team was selected to take part in a televised game.