July 19, 2014
CHICAGO - The Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team will participate in the 2014 Continental Las Vegas Classic as the pairings for the tournament were announced this afternoon. Each of the eight teams will play four games in the tournament with Loyola playing two games at Gentile Arena before heading to Las Vegas for the championship round. The games in Las Vegas will be played Dec. 22-23 at the Orleans Arena, located just west of the famous Las Vegas Strip.
"I am very excited for us to be playing in such a high-level tournament during our non-conference season," said head coach Porter Moser. "In addition to getting two games in front of our own fans, we will get the opportunity to play two very good teams out in Las Vegas prior to starting our Missouri Valley Conference schedule."
After the two home games in mid-December, Loyola will open championship round play against Texas Tech and head coach Tubby Smith on Dec. 22 before facing either Boise State or Houston the following night in a game broadcast nationally on Fox Sports 1.
This is the seventh season for the Continental Las Vegas Classic, with the list of past champions that includes Kansas State, Alabama, New Mexico, Baylor and last season's champion, UNLV. In addition to a first class field, the tournament is held in a first class facility as the Orleans Arena, which hosts over 200 events each year, was recently named the No. 1 mid-size arena in the country by Venues Today magazine.
Tickets for the championship rounds go on sale tomorrow (July 19) and can be purchased online at www.orleansarena.com or by calling the arena's box office at (888) 234-2334.
Loyola returns its top five scorers from last season's team, led by Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer and Freshman of the Year Milton Doyle.