Aug. 25, 2012
CHICAGO - The Horizon League released the 2012-13 men's basketball schedule earlier this week and Loyola University Chicago will commence conference play January 2 when it visits defending regular-season champion Valparaiso.
Second-year Rambler head coach Porter Moser's squad will open the Horizon League campaign with a major challenge by playing four of its first six games on the road. On January 5, Loyola will play its Horizon League home opener when Youngstown State visits Gentile Arena before the team hits the road again for a January 9 contest at Green Bay.
Two nights later (Jan. 11), the Ramblers welcome Wright State to Rogers Park and on January 16, Loyola travels across town to the UIC Pavilion for the first of its two annual regular-season meetings with rival UIC.
Following the UIC game, Loyola gets a week off before making the trek to Cleveland State January 23 and then opens a three-game homestand which starts with a January 26 contest versus Jesuit rival Detroit, winner of the 2012 Horizon League Championship and a NCAA Tournament team.
A visit from Milwaukee (Jan. 30) closes out the month of January before an appearance by Green Bay (Feb. 2) puts a wrap on the homestand, the Ramblers' longest of the season. The game against the Phoenix opens up a grueling stretch for Moser's bunch, which will play three games in three cities in six days. Road games against Wright State (Feb. 4) and Youngstown State (Feb. 7) close out the challenging week and the Ramblers put a lid out a three-game road swing when they venture north to take on Milwaukee February 12.
Loyola has a favorable end to the Horizon League schedule as its will play three of its final four conference games at the friendly confines of Gentile Arena. UIC comes to the Lake Shore Campus February 16, when Loyola will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 team's NCAA Championship, before Valparaiso ventures to Chicago February 19.
The Ramblers' final regular-season road game comes at Detroit (Feb. 26) before they close out the season with a Friday night home game versus Cleveland State (March 1).
Loyola will appear on television as part of the Horizon League Game of the Week package on a pair of occasions - February 2 against Green Bay and February 16 versus UIC. Game times are slated for 1 p.m. Central for each of those contests.
Horizon League Championship play is scheduled to begin with first round games on campus sites March 5. Second-round action is slated for March 8 at the top seed, with the semifinals to take place March 9. The championship game will be staged March 12 at the site of the highest remaining seed. In a change from the last few seasons, the No. 3 seed will now receive a bye into the second round of the Horizon League Championship with the top two seeds still earning byes into the semifinal round.
Loyola's nonconference schedule will be released in the coming weeks.