Sept. 18, 2013
BALTIMORE - The head coaching tenure of G.G. Smith will officially kickoff at Loyola University Maryland on Friday, November 8, when the Greyhounds open the 2013-2014 regular-season at Binghamton University, and Smith will make his Reitz Arena debut as head coach just over a week later.
The Greyhounds announced a 29-game regular-season slate that includes 18 Patriot League games in the school's first year in the conference. Loyola will play a home exhibition game on Thursday, October 31, against Shippensburg University before getting the season underway.
"We feel that we have a schedule that will challenge us during the non-conference season and prepare us for what should be an exciting first year in the Patriot League," Smith said. "We are looking forward to building new rivalries with teams in the League, and we also look forward to playing some traditional rivals during non-conference play."
Following the season-opener at Binghamton, Loyola will travel to nearby Ithaca, N.Y., to face Ivy League foe Cornell University on Sunday, November 10.
The Greyhounds commence the home portion of their schedule against a familiar opponent when Fairfield University visits Reitz Arena for a Saturday, November 16, game. The Stags were a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe during Loyola's tenure in that league, and this year's game will be the first of a multi-year series between the teams.
Loyola's game against Fairfield is just a brief respite from play on the road where the Greyhounds will open with five of six. They will visit Catonsville, Md., for a Wednesday, November 20 match against UMBC before playing three-time NCAA Champion University of Connecticut on Tuesday, November 26, in Hartford.
A Monday, December 2, date with the Big 12 Conference's West Virginia University is up next before the Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Wednesday, December 4, to play Catholic University.
The 169th meeting between Loyola and Mount St. Mary's University will take place on Saturday, December 7, in Emmitsburg, Md., a game that will be part of a men's-women's doubleheader featuring the school's women's teams, as well.
Loyola will take the next 12 days off for final exams before hosting Stony Brook Unviersity on Thursday, December 19. Fellow Jesuit institution Saint Joseph's University visits Reitz Arena on Saturday, December for the first time since 1996 when Loyola won an 80-78 double-overtime thriller. The Greyhounds and Hawks first met during the 1915-1916 season.
The final regular-season non-conference game will come in the Sunshine State between Christmas and New Year's Day when Loyola plays at the University of Miami on Monday, December 30.
Patriot League action kicks off with games against the conference's two United States service academies. The United States Naval Academy will make the short trip up Interstate 97 from Annapolis, Md., to Reitz Arena on Thursday, January 2, before Loyola travels to West Point, N.Y., for a Saturday, January 8, game against the United States Military Academy.
Loyola makes the trek into the Nation's Capital on Wednesday, January 8, for a game at American University before back-to-back home games bring Lehigh University and Lafayette Unviersity to Reitz Arena on Saturday, January 11, and Monday, January 13, respectively.
The Greyhounds will face Boston University, another school making its Patriot League debut this season, on the Terriers' home court on Monday, January 20. The game is a rematch of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament first-round game that Loyola won in Baltimore last March.
Following the game in the Bay State, Loyola will face Bucknell University on its home court on Wednesday, January 22. The teams have played a non-conference affair each of the last four years with the visiting team winning each time.
Colgate University will make its first trip to Loyola on Saturday, January 25, and Loyola then heads to Worcester, Mass., for a Wednesday, January 29, game at College of the Holy Cross.
The second-half of the Patriot League schedule starts Saturday, February 1, when Loyola plays at Army, followed by a Wednesday, February 5 home date versus American.
Games in the Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, February 8, versus Lehigh, and Saturday, February 12, are next, before Boston University returns to Reitz Arena on Saturday, February 15.
Bucknell is the next visitor to Loyola on Wednesday, February 19, before the Greyhounds head to Hamilton, N.Y., for a Saturday, February 22, game at Colgate.
Holy Cross closes the home regular-season schedule on Wednesday, February 26, and the regular-season road slate finishes on Saturday, March 1, at Navy.
All 10 conference teams will make the Patriot League Championships with first round action commencing Monday, March 3. The higher seeded team in each game will host the contest throughout the tournament.
Quarterfinal action takes place on Wednesday, March 5, and the semifinals will be held on Saturday, March 8. The League's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Championships will be on the line in the title game on Wednesday, March 12.
Game times and television information will be announced at a later date, and the schedule is subject to change. Stayed tuned to www.loyolagreyhounds.com for complete information.