LOYOLA-WEST VIRGINIA SERIES HISTORY: Today is the first time the Greyhounds have ever met West Virginia in men's basketball. The schools played in an NCAA College Cup Women's Soccer First Round contest Friday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C., with the Mountaineers advancing by a 2-nil count. All-time, Loyola has an 18-108 record against teams that currently compete as members of the BIG EAST Conference.
TURNING 100: Loyola men's basketball turns 100 this season as it competes in its 100th recorded season. The first season was 1908-1909 and last year was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of that first season. This season is the 100th with two seasons being lost to World War I (1917-1918 and 1918-1919). The Greyhounds enter tonight with a record of 1127-1164 (.492) all-time.
WE ARE LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND: On September 25, the institution officially changed its designation to Loyola University Maryland. The first college in the United States to bear the name of Saint Ignatius Loyola, the change reflects the University's commitment toward becoming the nation's leading Catholic, comprehensive university. So, please, when referring to us, we are "Loyola University Maryland".
GREYHOUNDS ADD TWO FOR NEXT SEASON: The Men's Basketball program added two players to the roster with the advent of the early signing period. Justin Drummond, a 6-4 guard from Washington, D.C. who will play at Riverdale Baptist HS, and Dylon Cormier, a 6-1 guard from Baltimore who plays at Cardinal Gibbons HS, each signed National Letters of Intent and will enroll in Loyola next fall.
GREYHOUNDS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Since the Associated Press began its weekly rankings of teams in 1948-1949, Loyola has had a limited number of appearances against ranked opponents, despite having been involved in more than 2,200 games. The Greyhounds do not have a win in any of their 20 games against ranked teams.
LAST TIME OUT: Senior guard Brett Harvey scored a game-high 23 points and sophomore forward Anthony Winbush tallied 16 to lead the Greyhounds to a 79-66 season-opening victory over Vermont Friday night in front of a sold-out Reitz Arena. Loyola shot 51.7 percent in the first half to build a 44-36 lead at the intermission and controlled the second half by holding a 24-12 second-half rebounding advantage. Senior forward Jawaan Wright scored seven straight points during a 12-4 run to build Loyola's biggest lead at 76-60 with 4:50 left.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM: The Greyhounds have three players who made their Loyola debuts Friday night and all found their way into the starting lineup. Sophomore forward Shane Walker is eligible this season after sitting out last year to establish his residency following his transfer from the University of Maryland. He scored nine points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in 26 minutes in the win over Vermont. He was joined in the starting five by freshmen Julius Brooks and Robert Olson, both members of the Class of 2013. Brooks, a 6-9 forward from Greensboro, N.C., collected three rebounds and three blocks in 14 minutes. Olson, a 6-4 guard from nearby Bethesda, scored three points with three rebounds and three assists while playing half the game.
HARVEY LEADS THE WAY: After three seasons of playing as much as anyone while others held positions of leadership, senior guard Brett Harvey asserted himself as the team leader from the onset of his senior year. That was never more evident than in the win Friday over Vermont when the 6-1 guard tallied a team-high 23 points with four assists. He connected on five of his seven attempts from three-point range, but missed his first free-throw attempt of the season. Last year, Harvey led all of NCAA Division I in free throw percentage with 91.0 percent (142-156). He made his next two attempts after the miss. Loyola's second-leading scorer a year ago, he now needs 81 points to become the 30th player in the 100-year history of the program to surpass 1,000 career points.
WINBUSH PROVIDES OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: Known best for his defensive presence, sophomore forward Anthony Winbush showed his offensive game in the win over Vermont with 16 points. Among his six field goals were two dunks and a three-point field goal. He completed his floor game with four rebounds, two steals and one block.
WRIGHT IS RIGHT COMING OFF THE BENCH: Forced into a starting role last season when he made the third-most starts (22) of anyone on the roster, senior forward Jawaan Wright seemed to take to coming off the bench in the win over Vermont. He scored seven straight points during a 5:20 stretch in which Loyola scored 12 of 16 points to double its lead to its largest of the game at 76-60 with 4:50 to play. He finished with 11 points and seven rebounds with two blocks and an assist in 20 minutes.
WALKER SHOWS SHOOTING TOUCH IN DEBUT: The tallest player on the roster, sophomore forward Shane Walker showed his outside game in his Loyola debut in the win over Vermont. The 6-10 forward made two of his three long-range shots to finish with nine points and a game-high eight rebounds, both numbers being career highs. He played just 26 minutes before fouling out.
STARTING LINEUP: Last year, every Greyhounds player on the roster with the exception of walk-on Garrett Kelly made at least one start during the season, meaning 12 of the 13 eligible players opened the game on the floor. Guard Brian Rudolph headed the list with starts in 28 of the 32 games. This year the 5-11 guard is coming off the bench as three newcomers cracked the starting lineup in the opener.
GREYHOUNDS PICKED FIFTH BY COACHES: Loyola was tabbed for fifth in MAAC preseason ballotting by the league's coaches announced in October. Two-time defending champion Siena was selected first followed by Niagara. Rider, which received the only first-place vote that didn't go to the Saints, was picked third and Fairfield fourth. The Greyhounds received the same point total as Saint Peter's for a tie for fifth.
BARNEY RECEIVES SECOND-TEAM NOD: The MAAC coaches selected junior guard Jamal Barney to a spot on the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team, the only Loyola player to receive preseason recognition. The leading scorer in the league last year at 18.1 points, Barney was All-MAAC Second Team following his first season in a Greyhounds uniform.
LONG-TIME AD BOYLAN TO RETIRE: After guiding Greyhounds athletics for nearly two decades, Athletic Director Joe Boylan announced his retirement in October, effective June 30, 2010. An associate men's basketball head coach to Tom Young at Rutgers for 12 seasons that included a Final Four berth in 1976 prior to becoming an administrator, Boylan has been the driving force behind Loyola's athletic growth since his arrival. The Greyhounds have captured 55 MAAC titles and counting during his tenure.
GREYHOUNDS ON THE TUBE: A minimum of seven Loyola contests will receive national or regional television exposure this season and that number could swell to as many as 11. The Greyhounds' first televised contest is Wednesday night when Loyola visits UMBC for a 7:30 p.m. start on MASN.
ESPN RADIO 1300 HOME TO GREYHOUNDS AGAIN: For the third consecutive season, Baltimore's ESPN Radio 1300 will be the home for select Loyola radio games. All home games not picked up by ESPN Radio 1300 will be live streamed on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Mark Zinno (play-by-play) is joined by analysts Gary Lambrecht and Jim Chivers. The first broadcast on ESPN Radio 1300 is Wednesday night when the Greyhounds travel to UMBC for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
GREYHOUNDS ALL-ACCESS: Once again this season, any home game not selected for television will be made available on live video streaming through Greyhounds All Access. The next offering will be January 2 when Loyola hosts Rider at 1 o'clock. Games can be accessed via www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
FOLLOW LOYOLA ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER: Loyola Athletics launched new Facebook and Twitter sites with the advent of the new school year. Now Greyhounds followers can get immediate news via Facebook.com/LoyolaHounds and Twitter.com/LoyolaHounds.
NEXT UP FOR LOYOLA: In the midst of a four-game road stretch, the Greyhounds travel across Baltimore for Wednesday's contest at UMBC. The game will be televised live on MASN beginning at 7:30 p.m. and can also be heard on ESPN Radio 1300.