(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball program has announced their schedule for the 2013-2014 season.
The Wolf Pack will open their season against Carver on October 31st at The Den. The Pack look to repeat last season's success when they opened the year with a 78-59 victory over Carver. Loyola will then travel across the street for the annual Battle of Freret Street against Tulane University on Sunday, November 3rd.
The Pack hits the road for four straight games after the cross street showdown, starting with a trip to El Paso, Texas to take on University Texas at El Paso on November 9th. “UTEP will be a great cultural experience for our team. Loyola has a great connection with the team as former basketball player James Olivard ’06 played a role in the movie, Glory Road, about Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins and the 1966 championship team,” said head coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
Loyola then will open conference play in Montgomery, Alabama with back to back road games against Faulkner and Auburn Montgomery. Loyola will conclude their trip with a crosstown game against Xavier.
The Pack will return to the comfy confines of The Den to open their home conference slate with games against Coastal Georgia and Southern Poly. Loyola will conclude the calendar year with six straight games against Louisiana schools, including their third matchup against a NCAA Division I opponent, Nicholls State on December 7th. The Pack will play home and home matchups against Dillard and Southern-New Orleans during that stretch.
Loyola’s schedule will turn entirely to conference play after the January 2nd matchup against SUNO. The Wolf Pack will kick off that stretch with road games against Emmanuel, Southern Wesleyan, and Blue Mountain College. The squad will play two games against conference opponents Mobile, William Carey, Martin Methodist, Blue Mountain, Spring Hill, and Bethel.
The Pack will play the Hall of Fame game against William Carey University on January 25th at the Den where they will induct new members into the school’s hall of fame. The team will honor its seniors on Saturday, March 1st in the last game of the season as the Wolf Pack host conference newcomer Blue Mountain.
“We have a very competitive schedule this season. We have some tough tests early, the three Division I teams give us an opportunity both locally and in El Paso to get some great experience. Our conference will be very tough from top to bottom, every game will be important in winning the conference championship this year,” said Coach Giorlando.