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Men's Basketball Faces No. 4 Kansas Tuesday In Allen Fieldhouse

Nov. 30, 2015

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Opponent Kansas Jayhawks
Date Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Time 7:00 p.m. (Central) | 8:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Location Lawrence, Kansas | Allen Fieldhouse
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland heads to Lawrence, Kansas, for its second-straight road game on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Greyhounds will play their first game of the month against the No. 4 (AP)/No. 6 (USAT) University of Kansas Jayhawks.
  • The Greyhounds are in the midst of playing seven of nine games away from Reitz Arena.
  • Through six games in 2015-2016, the Greyhounds are shooting more than six percent better from the field than last season. Loyola has made 44.7 percent this year compared to 38.2 a year ago.
  • Jarred Jones finished Saturday’s game at Siena College with 23 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. In the games that he has registered double-doubles (LIU Brooklyn, UMBC and Siena), Jones has averaged 22.3 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Franz Rassman had shot 62.5 percent in the Greyhounds last four games after going 1 of 7 in the season-opener. He has averaged 11.4 points in those four.
  • Tyler Hubbard went 6 of 12 from 3-point range at Siena and has made 25 of 48 3-pointers this year. Through games of Sunday, Nov. 29, Hubbard is tied for second in the NCAA in 3-pointers made per game (4.1). His 52.1 percent mark is 24th (min. 2.5 made per game).

Series History Versus Kansas    
  • Tuesday’s game will be the second all-time meeting between Loyola and Kansas. The Jayhawks hosted the Greyhounds on Jan. 8, 2008, and posted a 90-60 victory as the then-No. 3 team in the country.
  • Loyola drew within four, 26-22, in the first half, but Kansas went on a 38-9 run that spanned both halves and covered 13 minutes, 23 seconds, to lead 64-31 with 11:45 remaining.
  • The win was the Jayhawks’ 15th-straight to open the 2007-2008 season. Kansas would go on to win the 2008 NCAA title.
  • Gerald Brown led Loyola with 13 points, 12 coming on four first-half 3-pointers. Marquis Sullivan added 12 and Greg Manning would equal his career-high with 10 off the Greyhounds’ bench.
  • Sherron Collins led the Jayhawks with 18 points, while Darrell Arthur and Sasha Kaun scored 14. Kansas outrebounded Loyola, 47-41, in the game, but the Greyhounds’ Michael Tuck led all players with nine boards.

Against Top Foes    
  • In the past nine years, Loyola has played three regular-season games against teams that went on to win the NCAA Championship: Kansas (2008), Kentucky (2012) and Connecticut (2014).
  • Tuesday’s game will be Loyola’s fifth this century against teams ranked in the Top-10 nationally. Games against the Jayhawks (2008) and Kentucky (2012) came when the teams were ranked third, while Loyola played West Virginia (8th, 2007) and Duke (5th, 2008), as well.

Tune In    
  • Tuesday’s game will air worldwide on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Dave Anderson providing the play-by-play and Chris Piper handling the analysis.

Last Time Out    
  • Siena College made 9 of 12 overtime free throws Saturday afternoon, and the host Saints rallied from an early second-half hole to defeat Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball, 90-82, at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.
  • Andre Walker gave the Greyhounds a two-point advantage with just over 39 ticks left in the second half, but a Nico Clareth jumper rattled in for Siena with 11.7 seconds left in regulation, tying the game at 76-76.
  • A Marquis Wright free throw 1:25 into overtime staked Siena to a single-point lead, but Franz Rassman scored on the offensive end for Loyola, pushing the Greyhounds up, 78-76.
  • Brett Bisping, however, knocked down a three from the left corner at 2:47, giving the Saints a two-point advantage. Clareth and Lavon Long made free throws for Siena, and Clareth hit another jumper at 1:19, stretching the lead to 84-78.
  • Five players scored in double figures for each team, led by Jarred Jones’ game-high 23 for the Greyhounds. Jones also led all players with a career-high tying 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Tyler Hubbard made six 3-pointers for Loyola and finished with 20, while Eric Laster added 14 points. Walker scored 11, and Rassman contributed 10.
  • Loyola led by eight, 40-32, at halftime after shooting 59.3 percent from the field in the first half; the Greyhounds then went up as many as 15, 49-34, on a Rassman basket 2:26 into the second half. Siena, however, cut the lead back to nine, on a Clareth three and an and-one by Bisping at 15:09. Laster converted one of his four threes at 14:45, and Walker hit two free throws to make the Greyhounds’ advantage, 54-40, with 14:17 in regulation.

Doubled Over    
  • Jarred Jones had his second 20-plus point game of the season, and his third double-double of 2015-2016, Saturday afternoon at Siena where he finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds. The 14 boards tied his career-high set Nov. 16 against LIU Brooklyn, and his 23 points were three off his season-best.
  • Jones logged 26 points, two off his career-high from March 2014, and 11 rebounds Nov. 18 at UMBC. The game was his second-straight double-double after producing 18 points and a career-best 14 boards two days earlier against LIU Brooklyn.
  • Jones is the first Loyola player in more than four years to post double-doubles in back-to-back games. Erik Etherly turned the feat with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Coppin State on Nov. 14, 2011, followed by 27 and 10 three days later against the same Retrievers.
  • In his four career double-doubles – his first game in March 2014 when he had 28 points and 10 rebounds against Lafayette College – Jones has averaged 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds.

Tyler’s Treys    
  • Tyler Hubbard went 7 of 11 from 3-point range on Nov. 21 at Saint Bonaventure, making six treys in the first half alone. His seven 3-pointers made were the most in a game by a Loyola player since Marquis Sullivan knocked down the same number on Nov. 18, 2007, against the University of Vermont.
  • The seven threes made also tied Hubbard for second-most in single-game history, matching the outputs by Sullivan, Mike Powell (1997), Jason Rowe (1998) and Andre Collins (2006). Collins holds the single-game record after making nine on Jan. 8, 2006, against Marist College.
  • One week later, Hubbard knocked down 6 of 12 from behind the arc at Siena to become one of three Loyola players to have three or more games in a career with six or more 3-pointers made. Andre Collins (2005-2006) and Marquis Sullivan (2005-2009) both accomplished the feat five times, and Hubbard had six in a February 2014 game against American University.

Hubbard’s 3-Point Proficiency    
  • Tyler Hubbard has made 25 of his 48 3-point attempts this season, going 4 of 5 in the opener against Tennessee State, 3 of 7 versus LIU Brooklyn, 4 of 6 at UMBC, 7 of 11 at Saint Bonaventure, 1 of 7 versus Stony Brook and 6 of 12 at Siena. Through games of Sunday, Nov. 29, Hubbard is sixth nationally with 25 3-pointers made, and his 52.1 percent mark from behind the arc is 24th (minimum 2.5 made per game).
  • He is tied for second in 3-pointers made per game (4.1), but he is 28th in total attempts from behind the arc (48).
  • The fifth-year senior now has 146 made 3-pointers in his career; against Stony Brook, he moved into sole possession of sixth-place on Loyola’s career chart. Hubbard is 16 from matching Kevin Green (1988-92) for fifth.
  • Hubbard has made four or more 3-pointers 13 times during his career, hitting 61 of 103 (59.2 percent) from behind the arc in those 13 games. Only once has he shot below 50 percent in a game that he made four or more threes, a 2014 contest at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse where he made 5 of 14, a 35.7 percent effort against the Orange.

Walker With Season-High    
  • Andre Walker was the Greyhounds’ most consistent scorer on Nov. 24 against Stony Brook, finishing with a season-best 19 points; he had 10 in the first half, nine in the second.
  • Walker’s 19 points were the second-most he has scored in his Loyola career behind only a 21-point performance in a three-overtime win last year against Colgate University.
  • The sophomore guard went 6 of 13 from the field and made all but one of his free throws. He also had six rebounds and five assists in the game.
  • This year, Walker has scored in double figures five times out of six games and is averaging 12.2 points per contest.

Of Assistance    
  • In addition to providing consistent scoring, Andre Walker has increased his assist totals this year after splitting time at the point position last year with Denzel Brito.
  • Walker has 29 assists through six games for a 4.8 per contest average. He has five games with five or more assists this season after logging that standard just three times all of his freshman campaign.

Helping The Cause    
  • Walker’s 4.8 assists per game this season are also a sign of better assist numbers this year for Loyola. The Greyhounds are averaging 12.8 assists per game through six after posting an average of 9.7 in 30 games a year ago. That figure was 326th out of 351 NCAA Division I teams last season, while this year the Greyhounds are in the top 200 of the statistical category.

Increased Efficiency    
  • Loyola’s increased assist numbers are indicative of a better and more efficient offense this season. Last year, the Greyhounds had an adjusted offensive efficiency of 91.5, ranking 333rd nationally in that category on KenPom.com.
  • Through five games in 2015-2016, Loyola has raised that number to 101.2, a mark that checks in 188th in Division I.
  • Loyola has also raised its effective field-goal percentage to 49.9 percent this season to rank 147th in the nation after 42.8 percent mark and 342nd ranking in that category last year. That metric is a field-goal percentage that weights the added contribution of 3-point baskets.

Shooting On Target    
  • Loyola made 32 field goals Nov. 21 at Saint Bonaventure, the second most the Greyhounds have made during G.G. Smith’s two-plus seasons as head coach. The Greyhounds also shot 52.5 percent from the field, and 52.4 percent from 3-point range, in the game. Both of those marks represented season-highs.
  • The last time Loyola shot 52.5 percent or better from the field was Jan. 13, 2014, when it defeated Lafayette College, 77-63, in Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds made 28 of 51 shots in that game for a 54.9 percent mark.
  • Loyola’s 52.5 percent performance was the third-best shooting mark for the Greyhounds since the start of the 2013-2014 season.
  • The last time the Greyhounds took more than 10 3-pointers and shot 50 percent or better from the field was Dec. 6, 2014, when it lost to Mount St. Mary’s University despite making 11 of 19 (57.9 percent).

Moving The Right Way    
  • Loyola increased its field-goal percentage and field goals made in each of its first four games this season after starting the year 19-of-55 (34.5 percent) from the field against Tennessee State on Nov. 13.
  • The Greyhounds improved their shooting percentage by 11 points, making 22 of 55 on Nov. 16 against Long Island University Brooklyn, and they then shot 48.3 percent (28 of 53) on Nov. 18 at UMBC.
  • For the season, the Greyhounds are now shooting 44.7 percent from the field.
  • Last year, Loyola was 10th in the Patriot League with a 38.2 percent mark from the field.

Rassman Hitting The Mark    
  • After opening the season with a 1 of 7 performance from the field, Franz Rassman has been significantly more efficient in Loyola’s next five games. The senior post player has made 25 of 40 shots (62.5 percent) against LIU Brooklyn, UMBC, Saint Bonaventure, Stony Brook and Siena.
  • Rassman has scored in double-figures in all five of the games, raising his season scoring average to 10.5 with a 55.3 percent mark from the field.
  • His five-consecutive games with 10 or more points matches his career-high streak set last year when he averaged 15.8 points during a stretch from Feb. 11-25, 2015.

Jones Returns To The Court    
  • Jarred Jones’ season debut marked the first time since 363 days that he played in an intercollegiate basketball game. Jones suffered a sprained knee against Cornell University on Nov. 16, 2014, and then had season-ending wrist surgery the following month.
  • On opening night, he was plagued by foul trouble, playing just 17 minutes, but in that time, the redshirt junior scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. He was just 2 of 7 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line a career-high 15 times and tied his previous best by making 10 foul shots.

Overtime Success Under Smith & Beyond    
  • Loyola’s overtime loss to Siena on Saturday was the first defeat the Greyhounds have suffered in extra time during the coaching tenure of G.G Smith. The Greyhounds were 4-0 last season in overtime, and the Greyhounds are now 7-1 in the two-plus seasons that Smith has been the team’s head coach.
  • More impressively, Loyola is 16-2 in overtime games since the start of the 2004-2005 season.

Further Success In Close Games    
  • In addition to Loyola’s success in overtime games, the Greyhounds were 8-3 last year in games decided by seven or fewer points. Since G.G. Smith became head coach, Loyola is 17-9 in those games.

Patriot League Network    
  • For the third year in a row, the Patriot League Network will provide an outstanding viewing option for college basketball fans while showing more than 125 contests from Patriot League venues, including every Loyola home game.
  • Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play with Loyola alum Jim Chivers adding commentary.
  • Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network launched in 2013 and provides one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. Check LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to each game.
  • Fans can watch the digital broadcasts on desktop or laptop computers, any smart phone or tablet and through a variety of connected television devices.

Up Next    
  • The Greyhounds wrap up their current three-game road swing Saturday, Dec. 5, at Mount St. Mary’s University in a 2 o’clock tipoff that will air on MASN. The game will be the 171st iteration of the series, making it the most-played series in State of Maryland history.
  • Following that game, the Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena to host Towson University on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.