|Date||Saturday, November 22, 2014|
|Location||Indianapolis, Indiana | Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|Television||Fox Sports 2|
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Hits About The 'Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland plays the first of two-straight road games on Saturday, Nov. 22, when it visits the Hoosier State to face Butler University at 5 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
- Saturday's game will represent the Greyhounds' first-ever appearance on Fox Sports 2.
- Loyola had not won a game with as few as 45 points since 1980 until Wednesday night.
- The Greyhounds' have a neutral scoring margin through three games this year, scoring an averaging of 60 points while giving up the same.
- They also have a +6.0 rebound advantage through three contests.
Last Time Out
- Andre Walker scored five points and had three steals during an 8-0 Loyola run on Wednesday night, helping the Greyhounds push past visiting UMBC for a 45-38 victory in Reitz Arena.
- Walker sparked the run with a 19-foot pull-up jumper with 10:04 left in regulation, tying the game for the 12th time, and he hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8:39 on the clock to put the Greyhounds in front, 36-33.
- Loyola held UMBC scoreless for 6:30 during the stretch, going up 39-33.
- Walker finished with a game-high 16 points and five steals, while fellow freshman Cam Gregory had a career- and game-best 12 rebounds.
Turn On The Television
- Saturday will mark the first time that Loyola men's basketball has played in front of the Fox Sports 2 cameras in the two-year history of the network.
- Steve Physioc will call the action, and Greg Kelser will provide the analysis.
Patriot League Network Year Two
- Fans can watch every home Loyola game, as well as all Patriot League road contests in free HD this season, live on the Patriot League Network. Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play with Jim Chivers '06 handling the analysis.
- Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network started last year and provided one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. Check LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to each game.
Series History Versus Butler
- Loyola and Butler will meet for the first time when the teams take the court on Saturday night.
- The Greyhounds last played a game in the State of Indiana on Dec. 22, 2009, when they knocked off Indiana University, 72-67, in Assembly Hall.
- Loyola has played 126 games all-time against teams currently in the BIG EAST Conference, going 21-105 in those contests. It has matched up with Georgetown 45 times (9-36), Seton Hall 36 (5-31) and Villanova 24 (4-20).
- Georgetown was the last BIG EAST team to face the Greyhounds, defeating Loyola, 99-75, on Dec. 18, 2010.
Patriot League Honors For Walker
- Andre Walker earned Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors on Monday, Nov. 17, after starting his collegiate career with averages of 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in two contests.
- Walker led all scorers with 17 points on opening night at Texas Tech becoming the first Loyola true freshman to score as many points in a game since Justin Drummond tallied 22 on Feb. 13, 2010, against Canisius.
- Walker's points were the most by a Loyola player in his Greyhounds' debut outing since Gerald Brown had 24 on Nov. 10, 2006, against Navy; Brown was a junior transfer from Providence.
- The last Loyola true freshman to score 15 or more in their first regular-season game was Freddie Stanback who scored 16 on Nov. 19, 2004, at Virginia Tech in the first game as a head coach for former Loyola bench boss Jimmy Patsos.
- Walker's 17 are also the most by a Patriot League freshman so far this year.
- He then scored 11 points and had six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes Sunday versus Cornell.
Keeping It Up
- Andre Walker continued his solid play two days after earning Patriot League Rookie of the Week laurels, scoring a game-high 16 points against UMBC.
- He sparked the run that would put Loyola in front for good, logging three of his career-high five steals during a 6:30 stretch that the Greyhounds held the Retrievers scoreless. He also had five of Loyola's eight points during the run.
- Walker made 7-of-9 free throws versus UMBC with the two misses the first of his career. He is shooting 90.5 percent from the line (19-of-21).
Cam Crashes The Boards
- Cam Gregory led all players on Nov. 16 against Cornell with 10 rebounds, posting a double-digit total in his second game for Loyola.
- The freshman from Waldorf, Maryland, had an even split between the offensive and defensive glass, grabbing five off each.
- All five of Gregory's offensive rebounds resulted in second-chance points for the Greyhounds. He was fouled on three putback attempts and went 4-of-5 at the free-throw line, and Andre Walker had a three, and Franz Rassman made a layup for a total of nine second-chance points off Gregory's boards.
- The last time a Loyola true freshman had 10 or more rebounds in a game was Nov. 29, 2008, at Vermont when Anthony Winbush grabbed 11. Winbush finished his career with 523 career rebounds and is now playing professionally in Canada.
- Gregory quickly topped his 10-rebounds performance by grabbing 12 on Wednesday night against UMBC.
It Didn't Have To Be Pretty
- Loyola's win over UMBC Wednesday night will not make any highlight reels, but the Greyhounds' late push gave them their second win in three games. The game did set some dubious marks, however.
- It was the fewest points scored by two teams (83) in a game that Loyola was involved since February 9, 1980, when the Greyhounds and Swarthmore combined for 80 points in a 42-38 Loyola victory.
- Loyola's 45 points were its fewest in a winning effort since that same game, making it the lowest winning score for the Greyhounds in the program's Division I era (since 1981-1982).
- The 38 points allowed by Loyola are also the fewest it has allowed as a Division I team, and it marked the lowest opponent score since that 1980 game. The last time a team scored fewer than 38 points against Loyola was on March 2, 1950, when Bridgewater (Virginia) College fell, 63-36, to the Greyhounds in the Mason-Dixon Conference Quarterfinals.
- It was UMBC's fewest points in a game since the Retrievers scored 34 in a 37-point loss to Virginia Tech in 2009.
Behind The Line
- Loyola opened the season sharp from 3-point range, making 17-of-38 shots from behind the arc, good for 44.7 percent, in it first two games. The Greyhounds came back to earth a bit against UMBC, hitting only 1-of-13 3-pointers.
- The last time the Greyhounds had as much success in back-to-back games was in February 2013. Loyola made 6-of-14 (42.9) and 8-of-15 (53.3) in wins over Canisius and at Siena, respectively.
- Last season, Loyola shot just 31.1 percent from 3-point range.
- One of G.G. Smith's keys coming into the season was defending the 3-pointer, and the Greyhounds have done a good job of that through three games.
- Loyola has held Texas Tech, Cornell and UMBC to 20.7 percent (12-of-58) from behind the arc. Per kenpom.com, the Greyhounds are tied for 20th in the nation in 3-point defense.
- The Greyhounds held Cornell to 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from deep. Just two nights earlier, Cornell beat George Mason by making 9-of-18 3-pointers.
Taking A Chance
- Chancellor Barnard was also a big part of the Greyhounds' win on Sunday afternoon, playing 17 minutes off the bench while contributing six points, six rebounds, an assist and a block.
- The freshman was also key defender for the Greyhounds while they made their run in the first half and late in the game to hold off the Big Red.
- Although the Greyhounds did not come away with a win over Texas Tech in the season-opener, Head Coach G.G. Smith and staff saw several positive things in the game.
- Loyola made 9-of-19 3-point attempts, and its 47.4 percent from behind the arc was its highest with 19 or more attempts since going 10-of-20 on March 19, 2013, in the College Insider Postseason Tournament to defeat current Patriot League foe Boston University. Last year, Loyola made nine threes just once (at Cornell) and it shot better than 45 percent only once when attempting 15 or more (8-of-16, 50.0, at UMBC).
- The Greyhounds also finished the game plus-three in the rebound column, outrebounding the Red Raiders, 40-37.
A Look At Laster
- Eric Laster went 5-of-10 from the field on at Texas Tech and scored 15 points for the Greyhounds in a team-best 28 minutes of action. The 15 points for Laster were three off his career-high of 18, set last year at home against Boston University, and the third-most of his career.
- He then made 5-of-7 total field goals, 3-of-5 in those from behind the 3-point arc, and scored 13 points against Cornell.
- The junior averaged 15 points in Loyola's five games during its August 2014 Canadian Tour, and he was the team's second leading returning scorer after averaging 8.3 points per game last year.
On The Bench
- G.G. Smith begins his second season as Loyola's head coach after taking over reigns of the program in April 2013. Prior to his appointment to the top seat on the bench, Smith was an assistant at Loyola for six seasons to Jimmy Patsos (now head coach at Siena).
- Smith's staff from a year ago remains intact with assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke back as assistants and Kevin Farrell returning as director of operations.
- The Greyhounds took advantage of the NCAA rule that teams may partake of an off-season foreign tour once every four years when they visited Montreal and Quebec City in August.
- Loyola played four games against Canadian universities - Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Laval Universite, McGill University and Concordia University - and one versus a local club team - Brookwood Elite - going 5-0 on the tour.
- All 14 members of the Greyhounds' squad, including the freshmen, were able to play in the games and participate in the 10 practice sessions prior to the trip.
Eight Return From A Year Ago
- Loyola returns eight players, including a senior and five juniors, who saw playing time a year ago.
- Denzel Brito is the team's lone senior this year and is back after playing in 28 games and starting 10 a year ago.
- Tyler Hubbard, Jarred Jones, Eric Laster and Franz Rassman form a strong junior class. Each player played in all 30 games a year ago and they had a combined 67 starts while Jones was one of the Patriot League's top sixth men. The quartet averaged a cumulative 22.8 minutes per game in 2013-2014.
- Josh Forney, Nick Gorski and Sean Tuohy Jr. are sophomores that return to the program. Gorski saw the most playing time of the three, taking the court in 26-of-30 games and making three starts.
- Overall, the Greyhounds return 53.3 percent (80-of-150) starts from a season ago and 59.6 percent (3.621-of-6,075) of all minutes played.
Returning Points & Rebounds
- With the eight players back in the fold from a year ago, the Greyhounds return just over half (52.7 percent, 1,031-of-1,957) of the points they scored last season. On the rebounding side, players that grabbed 63.9 percent of boards (597-of-935) last year are back for 2014-2015.
- Jarred Jones is the team's top returning scorer and rebounder. As the Greyhounds' sixth man off the bench - Jones played in all 30 games, starting three, and averaged 23.6 minutes per contest - he averaged 8.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
- Eric Laster was just behind Jones in the scoring column, tallying 10 fewer points overall, an average of 8.3 per game. Franz Rassman was also just shy of Jones' rebounding line, grabbing seven fewer and an average of 4.3.
A Look At The New Guys
- Chancellor Barnard was an All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association `A' Conference All-Star as a senior at Glenelg Country Day School where he averaged 21.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game. He was the leading scorer in Howard County and was named to the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention.
- Colton Bishop scored more than 1,350 points as a four-year letterwinner at Forsyth Country Day School, and he earned All-State honors at the 3A level in North Carolina and all-area laurels from the Winston-Salem Journal.
- Cam Gregory posted 14 double-doubles as a senior at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va., and averaged 15.1 points and 10.0 rebounds in 26 games as a senior. He was also a Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention player and earned All-Virginia second team recognition.
- Matt Staubi graduated from Darien (Conn.) High School where he scored 1,108 points in just two seasons after transferring from Rye Country Day School before his junior year. He averaged 20.0 points and 8.0 assists as a senior after tallying 17.1 and 6.0 as a junior.
- Andre Walker led Christ The King High School in New York City to the New York State Federation Tournament of Championships title as a senior in 2013-2014. He scored 25 in the title game and was an All-Catholic High School Athletic Association honoree.
- Stefano Mancini was a member of the program in 2013-2014 while sitting out the season under NCAA transfer rules. The 2010 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year, Mancini scored 24.5 points per game as a senior at Falmouth High School.
Notes From North Of The Border
- Eric Laster led the Greyhounds in scoring during the five-game trip to Canada in August, averaging 15.0 points per contest. Tyler Hubbard shot 45.2 percent from 3-point range on the tour and checked in at 12.8 points per game.
- Franz Rassman and Laster each grabbed 30 rebounds and led Loyola with 6.0 per game.
- The trio of Laster, Hubbard and Rassman, along with post players Cam Gregory and Jarred Jones were strong from the free-throw line on the tour, going 56-of-65 (86.2 percent) from the stripe in the games.
- Freshmen Andre Walker and Cam Gregory averaged 8.0 and 7.2 points per game for Loyola, as well.
- Denzel Brito led Loyola with 17 assists against just seven turnovers on the trip, while Walker was right behind with 15 assists.
- Five former Loyola players are currently on the rosters of professional teams abroad. Dylon Cormier '14 is playing for ZZ Leiden in The Netherlands, while Anthony Winbush '12 is a member of the Saint John's Mill Rats in Canada.
- Cormier was named ZZ Leiden's Player of the Month for October after averaging 15.8 points during his first professional month.
- Michael Tuck '08 returns for another season with the Sheffield Sharks in England, and Shane Walker '12 will play for Lourdes in France. Andre Collins '05 continues his career with Spirou in Belgium, and Jason Rowe '00 will suit up for ASS Sale in Morocco.