Sept. 5, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Men's Basketball team is one of 102 teams to have been selected to participate in the seventh annual BracketBusters event it was announced recently. This will be the fourth consecutive year that the Greyhounds have been selected to play in the February event that matches mid-majors teams in non-conference contests and Loyola's game this year will be a road game.
There are 13 matchups that are selected for television across the ESPN family of networks the weekend of February 20-21 with the remainder of the teams matched for non-conference play with all games resulting in a return contest the following season. In its three previous February outings, the Greyhounds boast a 3-0 record, having won home games against High Point (2006) and UC Davis (2008) and at Tennessee State (2007).
The announcement concludes Loyola's non-conference schedule. The Greyhounds will open with a pair of home contests on the opening weekend, hosting Mount St. Mary's on November 14 and Tennessee State two days later. From there, Loyola travels to Boston College for a pair of games in the NIT Season Tip-Off on November 17-18. Play in the NIT event continues the following week at either Madison Square Garden (November 26 and 28) or at a campus site (November 24-25). The first month of the season concludes with a visit to Vermont to take on the Catamounts on November 29.
Loyola is still awaiting its matchups for the first weekend of MAAC play (December 4-7) before playing a home game against Coppin State on December 10. Following semester exams, the Greyhounds have three road games to conclude 2008 -- at UC Davis (December 21), North Carolina State (December 29) and Duke (December 31) with the game against the Blue Devils being televised nationally on ESPN2 at 4 o'clock.
Conference play resumes in January with the final two non-conference games remaining on the schedule being a game with New Jersey Institute and the BracketBusters appearance. The conference championship will be at stake March 6-9 at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.
The Greyhounds are coming off a 2007-08 season which featured the most wins in the program's history in Division I and an 11-2 record in Reitz Arena.