Oct. 6, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - An appearance in the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off and a New Year's Eve day nationally televised contest on ESPN2 at national power Duke are just two of the highlights of the 2008-2009 Loyola men's basketball schedule announced today by Greyhounds fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos.
The 31-game regular season gets underway on November 14 with a home contest against traditional rival Mount St. Mary's to kick off a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first season of basketball at Loyola. The opening weekend concludes with the Greyhounds hosting Tennessee State on November 16 with both games taking place in refurbished Reitz Arena.
Loyola gets right back in to action the next night on November 17 when it visits Boston College in the opening game of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. The contest is the first of four appearances in the event that will be spread out over the next two weeks. The Greyhounds will meet either Cornell or St. John's the next night in either a consolation or championship game. Regardless the result, Loyola will advance into games the following week, playing in either a consolation bracket at a site to be determined or in the championship semifinals and finals at New York City's fabled Madison Square Garden.
Non-conference play resumes on November 29 with a return game at Vermont before three straight home contests, two of those being in MAAC play -- Siena (Dec. 3), Niagara (Dec. 7) and Coppin State (Dec. 10). After breaking for exams, the Greyhounds will visit UC Davis just prior to the Christmas Holiday (Dec. 21).
Following the holiday, the Greyhounds will tune up for the return to MAAC play with games at ACC powers North Carolina State (Dec. 29) and Duke (Dec. 31). The contest with the Blue Devils will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 4 o'clock.
Conference opponents fill up the rest of the slate with the exceptions being a home game against New Jersey Institute on January 14 and the annual appearance in the BracketBusters event on the weekend of February 20-22.
The Greyhounds could make up to 10 television appearances of its 31 regular season contests spread out on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (three), ESPN2 (three) and ESPNU (four). The MAAC Championship returns to Albany again this season, taking place at the Times Union Center March 6 through 9. Loyola has advanced to the semifinals each of the last two years.