NEW ORLEANS, La. – Loyola University New Orleans men’s head basketball coach Michael Giorlando announced the team’s schedule for the upcoming season. This will mark the second year the men’s team will compete in the SSAC Conference. Furthermore, Wolfpack fans can look forward to 14 games played in The Den, 19 total locally, this season.
The Wolfpack open the season October 27 against Southern Mississippi in an exhibition game in Hattiesburg, Miss. On Nov. 3, the ‘Pack host Carver Bible in their home opener, before competing in their annual “Battle of Freret Street” against Tulane on the sixth.
Other November action sees the team play at home against St. Thomas(10th) and Dillard (26th), while also staying in their back yard of New Orleans against Dillard (14th), SUNO (22nd), and Xavier (29th).
December kicks off with two consecutive home conference games against Shorter (2nd) and Emmanuel (3rd), the latter whom finished last season ranked 21st in the nation. This is followed shortly at home by SUNO on Dec. 6th.
January begins with a road trip to Brewton-Parker (6th) and Southern Poly (7th), followed by their first SSAC West Divisional game against Jesuit rival Spring Hill in The Den on the 12th.
With a home (Jan. 14) and away (Feb. 8) contest with out-of-conference opponent UNO mixed in, the ‘Pack concludes their regular season with 11 more SSAC West Divisional games, including five more games at The Den.
On Jan. 26, the ‘Pack will host 2010 SSAC West Division champion William Carey. Shortly after, the ‘Pack welcomes Auburn Montgomery to The Den for the Hall of Fame game on the 28th.
The last game of the regular season is on Feb. 25 when the men’s team competes against Mobile in The Den. The SSAC Tournament is set to begin on Feb. 29 in Rome, Georgia.
“We are looking forward to playing 19 games in New Orleans. In addition to the 18 SSAC games, including 6 cross division games, we are pleased to announce that we will continue to play many of our cross town rivals with SUNO, Dillard, Xavier, UNO and our annual tilt with Tulane,” said coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
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