March 13, 2013
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's basketball team is headed to the postseason for the second year in a row, and the Greyhounds will host a game in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Tuesday, March 19, in Reitz Arena.
Loyola's opponent will be announced soon for the game on Tuesday that will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. on the Evergreen campus. It will be Loyola's first NCAA Division I postseason men's basketball game to be played at home.
The Greyhounds are in the midst of their second-straight 20-win season with a 21-11 mark through 32 games. It marks the first time in the program's Division I history (since 1981-1982) that Loyola has won 20 games in back-to-back seasons. Overall, it is the first time since the late 1940s that the team has accomplished the feat. Loyola won 20 or more in three straight seasons, culminating with a school-record 25 victories in 1948-1949.
"This is a great opportunity for our players, fans and school to participate in the College Insider Tournament," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "Angela Lento and Joe Dwyer have created an event that is fantastic for mid-major college basketball programs. The former champions (Old Dominion, Missouri State, Santa Clara, Mercer) and other teams speak to the quality of the tournament, and we are very pleased to be a part of it."
Tickets for Tuesday's game are available by calling the Loyola Box Office at 410-617-1420, and will go on sale in person at the Box Office or on LoyolaGreyhounds.com starting Thursday at 11 a.m. Reserved seats are $20 each, while general admission tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children. General admission group tickets (10 or more) cost just $5.
This will be the Greyhounds' first year of participation in the CIT, a tournament that was founded in 2009 and has a 32-team field. Last year, Loyola made its first postseason appearance since 1994 by playing in the NCAA Second Round against The Ohio State University.
Two fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams advanced as far as the semifinals of the event in the last two seasons with Fairfield University falling in the round of four last year and Iona College making it to the title game in 2011.
The CIT is a 32-team tournament that is comprised of teams from 23 Division I mid-major conferences. All games are played at campus sites, and the entire field will be bracketed and seeded after the first round is complete. Second round games will be played March 22-24 with the quarterfinals commencing March 26. Semifinal action takes place March 29-30, and the title game will be played April 2.