March 14, 2013
BALTIMORE - When Loyola University Maryland hosts the first-ever NCAA Division I postseason men's basketball game on the Evergreen campus Tuesday night, the Greyhounds will take on an opponent that will soon become a frequent visitor to Reitz Arena.
Loyola will host Boston University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament First Round on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. The Greyhounds and Terriers are both joining the Patriot League in 2013-2014 and will face each other twice during the regular-season in coming years.
Tickets for the game, which marks the first time in program Division I history that Loyola has reached the postseason in consecutive years, are available online at LoyolaGreyhounds.com, by calling 410-617-1420 or by visiting the Loyola Box Office weekdays between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
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.
Boston University enters the CIT with a 17-12 record after going 11-5 during the America East Conference regular-season. The teams played last year in Bracketbuster competition with Loyola coming out on top, 69-56, in Retiz Arena.
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.