Loyola Announces 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule
Ramblers to play 14 home games in first season as Missouri Valley member
Sept. 12, 2013
CHICAGO - Fourteen home games highlight the 2013-14 Loyola University Chicago men's basketball schedule, which was released today. The Ramblers, who are set to embark on their first season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, tip off the 2013-14 campaign on November 8 by hosting former Horizon League mate Milwaukee.
"There is tremendous excitement for us as we make the move into the Missouri Valley Conference, and will play an 18-game schedule against Valley teams," Moser said. "Both Howard Moore (UIC head coach) and I feel that city teams should play each another, so I am pleased to say that we have signed a four-year deal to continue our series with UIC, which has blossomed into a respectful rivalry over the years. Road games against Mississippi State, Fordham and Tulane, all places which we will be going to for the first time in program history, plus home games against regional rivals such as Milwaukee and Northern Illinois, should help prepare us for the rigors of the MVC."
Moser's youthful squad, which features 10 underclassmen, opens the year by playing six of its first eight games away from the friendly confines of Gentile Arena. Following the season opener versus Milwaukee, Loyola hits the road for contests at Tennessee Tech (Nov. 12) and its first-ever visit to Tulane (Nov. 16).
A brief return to Chicago will find the Ramblers welcoming fellow Jesuit institution Rockhurst to Gentile Arena on November 19 before the squad ventures to the Pacific Northwest to compete against Portland State, UC Davis and SIU Edwardsville at the Viking Pavilion Classic in Portland, Ore., November 22-24.
On December 1, Loyola pays its first-ever visit to Mississippi State as the two teams who faced off in the famous Game of Change at the 1963 NCAA Regional in East Lansing, Mich., hook up for the second straight season. Upon their return from Mississippi, the Ramblers open up a three-game homestand against city rival UIC on December 7 prior to Campbell (Dec. 13) and Northern Illinois (Dec. 18) invading Gentile Arena. Loyola's first-ever trip to the Bronx, N.Y., to face Fordham (Dec. 23) closes out the calendar year.
Loyola rings in the New Year in fine fashion as it opens 2014 by playing its first-ever Missouri Valley Conference game at Indiana State, then plays 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. Wichita State comes to Gentile Arena on February 19 and Evansville pays a visit to Rogers Park for the first time since 2005 to lower the curtain on the regular season on March 1.
Loyola will aim for its first MVC Tournament title when it participates in one of the best-attended conference tournaments in the nation, March 6-9, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Moser welcomes back a pair of starters from last season's squad that posted an eight-game improvement in the win column.
2013-14 Loyola Men's Basketball Schedule
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