July 29, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Greyhounds men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos today announced that Loyola has received confirmation that it will appear in a New Year's Eve afternoon game on ESPN2 against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Game time is slated for 4 o'clock.
The contest is the second of two games over three days for Loyola to take place in the Raleigh-Durham area to close out 2008. The Greyhounds will play at North Carolina State on December 29 at 7 o'clock and remain in the area for the game two days later with Duke. Loyola has faced the Blue Devils just once in its history, dropping a 92-68 decision in Durham on January 4, 1984.
The complete non-conference schedule is expected to be announced shortly as Loyola awaits its acceptance into and placement within the NCAA's NIT Season Tip-Off. The Greyhounds previously announced they will open the season with a home game against Mount St. Mary's on November 14 to kick off a weekend of celebration surrounding the 100th anniversary of the first season of Loyola basketball in 1908-09.
The televised game will mark Loyola's first appearance on national television since it hosted Saint Peter's on ESPN2 on February 11, 2006. The game was a matchup of high-scoring guards -- Greyhounds leading scorer Andre Collins and the Peacocks' Keydren Clark, the NCAA's two-time defending scoring champion. Loyola recorded an 89-69 victory in the game en route to its first winning season in 12 years.
The matchups against ACC foes North Carolina State and Duke fall in line with the scheduling philosophy that Patsos has undertaken the last couple of years in playing tough non-conference opponents on the road to prepare for the MAAC schedule. In 2006-07 the Greyhounds played at Northwestern and Michigan State leading into MAAC play and responded with six straight conference wins and eight MAAC wins in its next nine outings. And last year Loyola played at Illinois and National Champion Kansas prior to going on a stretch of six straight victories and winning 11 of 13 games from mid-January through February.