THE GAME: A pair of teams with four-game losing streaks square off tonight. After tonight, the Greyhounds will have played almost a third of its season while Coppin State is just entering its sixth game. Loyola dropped a pair of conference home games last week while the Eagles also dipped into league play, losing at Morgan State in a rematch of last year's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship Game which Coppin State won to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
THE COACHES: Loyola head coach Jimmy Patsos enters his fifth season and has registered a 60-69 (.465) career record. The 1989 Catholic graduate has never coached against Coppin State. Coppin State head coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell is in his 23rd season with the Eagles and sports a 359-306 (.540) record at the school. He is in his 30th season as a head coach and has a 586-351 (.625) career record. The 1984 Edison State graduate is 2-0 against the Greyhounds.
THE TEAMS: There are no teams that are represented on the schedules of both teams, although Coppin State could play Vermont when it participates in the Rainbow Classic later this month. The Greyhounds suffered a 64-62 loss in Burlington to close out November.
THE SERIES: Coppin State leads the series, 4-1, and have won the last four. The local combatants played a pair of regular-season games in 1972-1973 and 1973-1974 with each team winning once. Three times these teams met in one of the forms of the "Battle of Baltimore" that began in the 1970s and continued into the 2000s. The Eagles left with a 76-68 double-overtime victory in the consolation round of the 2001 event in its only previous appearance in Reitz Arena.
THE PROGRAM: Loyola is playing its 99th recorded season of basketball this season. The first season was 1908-1909 and this year the College is celebrating the 100th anniversary of that first season. The Greyhounds have posted a 1116-1151 (.492) all-time record during that time.
LAST TIME OUT: Niagara raced out to an 18-6 lead 6:30 into the contest, held a 21-point lead just prior to the intermission and were never headed en route to a 91-75 MAAC road win Sunday. The closest Loyola could get was eight points, he last time with 9:11 remaining. Junior guard Brett Harvey led all scorers with 27 points, including a 13-for-13 performance from the free-throw line which equaled the second-best performance in school history. Sophomore guard Jamal Barney and senior guard Marquis Sullivan each chipped in with 13 points for the Greyhounds' only other double-figure scorers.
WINBUSH NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman forward Anthony Winbush found out Monday that he was named the MAAC's Rookie of the Week for the first weekend of conference play. It was the first honor of his career. Since the Arlington, Va., product moved into the starting lineup five games ago, he has scored 20 points, grabbed 28 rebounds, handed out eight assists and collected seven steals. It is the second straight season that a Loyola freshman has been so honored on the opening weekend of MAAC play. Current sophomore Brian Rudolph similarly was acknowledged, eventually winning six weekly awards en route to being named the MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year.
HARVEY REFINDS SCORING TOUCH: After not making a field goal in two games, junior guard Brett Harvey reached double figures for the first time since November 24 with 15 last Wednesday against Siena and then followed that with 27 points Sunday against Niagara. Still the team's leading scorer at 15.4 points per outing, he has made 25 straight free throws and 90.8 percent (59-65) from the foul line for the season. His 13-for-13 performance Sunday equaled a similar effort by Tracy Bergan against Navy in 1990 which was the second-best total in school history. The performance is one off the top effort in the NCAA this season and his season percentage is 20th best in the country. His career high for points came in Loyola's first win, tallying 34 points in the win over Tennessee State.
BARNEY RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore guard Jamal Barney notched the first double-double of his career last Wednesday against Siena when he collected a career-best 10 rebounds to go along with 20 points, his second 20-point effort of his career. Earlier this season, he tallied a career-high 23 points in a win over James Madison. His 10 field goals made last Wednesday was also a personal best. He followed that with 13 points against Niagara.
SULLIVAN REACHES 1,000: Senior guard Marquis Sullivan is being honored prior to today's game for scoring the 1,000th point of his career. The 29th player to do so, he tallied the historic basket on a three-pointer with 4:33 remaining in the first half at Davidson, one of four three-pointers he scored in the game while leading the team with 16 points. The night prior against James Madison, he entered the game and made three straight three-pointers to give Loyola an 18-9 lead with 11:39 left in the first half, finishing the contest with 11 points. At Vermont, he led Loyola with 19 points, making five of his eight three-point attempts.
WIEGAND EARNS PLAYING TIME: A freshman walk-on, center Josh Wiegand earned a start in the second half of the Niagara game Sunday. He finished by making all three of his shots from the field for six points and added five rebounds, including four off the offensive glass. His minutes played (13), field goals, points and rebounds are all personal bests.
REID REBOUNDING: Sophomore forward Isaac Reid has proved to be Loyola's most consistent rebounder. His 6.4 boards-per-game average leads the team by almost 1.5 rebounds a game and he collected 12 caroms in the win over Tennessee State.
HALL TALLIES DOUBLE DIGITS: The Greyhounds found an additional source of offense off the bench at Vermont when freshman guard J'hared Hall scored a career-high 11 points in 12 minutes. He made three of his four three-point attempts and he knocked down the basket that brought Loyola all the way back from a 13-point first-half deficit when his three-pointer tied the game at 43 with 12:35 remaining. He has made 50.0 percent (7-14) of his three-point attempts thus far this season.
WRIGHT PUTS UP THE BLOCKS: Junior forward Jawaan Wright has already collected 17 blocked shots through nine games, including five at Vermont. He leads the team in field-goal percentage (.609) and is third in rebounding (3.7 rpg). He has cracked the Top 15 in Loyola's career blocked shots list, recording 37 in two-plus seasons thus far to rank 14th.
NEXT TIME OUT: The three-game home stand concluded, the Greyhounds are off for 11 days for final exams. Loyola next will be in action on December 21 when it visits UC Davis in a 5 o'clock ET start. The Greyhounds' next home game will be January 9 when they host Fairfield in a MAAC contest.