Sept. 14, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The 2004-05 Loyola men's basketball schedule will feature road games at defending Big East champion Pittsburgh, new ACC-member Virginia Tech, local foe UMBC and Ivy League powerhouse Princeton. The non-conference home slate will highlight local rivalries beginning with a preseason tilt with Johns Hopkins (Nov. 12).
The schedule, released today, also has two guaranteed television games with other non-conference possibilities to be named later. The regular season begins on Friday, November 19 at Virginia Tech. Two days later, the Greyhounds play their home opener against Navy before returning to the road for a November 27 bout at Pittsburgh.
Loyola's December 11 game against Mount St. Mary's continues a very long-standing tradition. The state of Maryland's longest college basketball rivalry has now reached 158 games.
"Local games with Navy, UMBC and Mount St. Mary's are good for the program," says Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "There is a lot of tradition there and we want to build rivalries. Playing Virginia Tech in their ACC opener and going to Pittsburgh, a Top-10 team, is very exciting."
Other return games include a road trip to Princeton (Dec. 31) and Central Connecticut State (Jan. 2) and a home game with Delaware (Nov. 29). Loyola's January 17 game at Rider has been moved to the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. and will be televised by MAAC Television. The conference will also televise a game at Reitz Arena this year, broadcasting a game between the Greyhounds and Iona on Saturday, Feb. 12.
The 2005 MAAC Tournament will take place March 4-7 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. For the complete 2004-05 Loyola men's basketball schedule, click on Season Schedule.