Loyola Announces 2013-14 MVC Men's Basketball Schedule|
Sep 4, 2013
CHICAGO - The Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team will ring in the new year in style by playing its first Missouri Valley Conference contest on January 1 at Indiana State, according to the conference's slate of games which was announced today. The Ramblers will host each of their nine MVC rivals in the double round-robin schedule format.
Following The Valley opener at Indiana State on New Year's Day, head coach Porter Moser's youthful squad will play five of its next seven league contests at home, beginning with a January 5 tilt versus Missouri State at Gentile Arena. A quick journey down Interstate 55 to face Illinois State (Jan. 11) is sandwiched between home games against Southern Illinois (Jan. 8) and Drake (Jan. 15). Following a trip to Evansville (Jan. 18), the Ramblers return to Rogers Park to entertain Indiana State (Jan. 22) and Northern Iowa (Jan. 25) before heading to Wichita State, which reached the 2013 NCAA Final Four, to wrap up the month.
Three straight games versus in-state rivals - at Southern Illinois (Feb. 1), and home affairs against Bradley (Feb. 6) and Illinois State (Feb. 9) - kick off February and Loyola closes out the regular season by playing four of its final six contests on the road. A trip to Iowa for showdowns at Northern Iowa (Feb. 12) and Drake (Feb. 15) precedes Wichita State's visit to Gentile Arena on February 19.
The last road trip of the season finds Loyola heading to Bradley (Feb. 22) and Missouri State (Feb. 25) prior to Evansville making its first visit to Rogers Park since 2005 to lower the curtain on the regular season on March 1.
Loyola gets its first taste of Arch Madness, the MVC Tournament, when it heads to St. Louis, Mo., March 6-9, for one of the most popular and well-attended conference tournaments in college basketball. The winner of the MVC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Moser welcomes back a pair of starters from last season's squad that posted an eight-game improvement in the win column. Game times, a television schedule, and the Ramblers' slate of non-conference contests will be released at a later date.
2013-14 Loyola Men's Basketball MVC Schedule