Mount Saint Mary's at Loyola
WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Reitz Arena
ON THE AIR: TV: MASN (Scott Garceau, Kevin Greevey); Radio: http://www.loyolagreyhounds.com/ (Mark Zinno, Gary Lambrecht)
SERIES: Mount Saint Mary’s leads 94-69
LAST MEETING: Mount Saint Mary’s won 70-58 last year.
SCOUTING MOUNT SAINT MARY’S: The Mountaineers, picked first in the preseason NEC poll and ranked 22nd in the preseason collegeinsider.com mid-major poll, beat Sacred Heart in the NEC title game and Coppin State in the NCAA play-in game before running into North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year. Five-nine point guard Jeremy Goode, a first-team all-NEC selection and a collegeinsider.com mid-major All-American, is their leading returning scorer at 14.5 points per game. Six-seven senior Markus Mitchell, at 5.9 per game, is their leading returning rebounder. Six-three sophomore Jean Cajou will start with Goode in the back court, with 6-5 junior Kelly Beidler (seven points, 4.7 rebounds last year), Mitchell, and 6-7 senior Sam Atupem in the front court.
SCOUTING LOYOLA: The ‘Hounds, picked fifth in the preseason MAAC coaches poll to the surprise of coach Jimmy Patsos (who said he thought they should have been lower), will rely heavily on guard play, having lost starting post players Omari Israel and Michael Tuck – along with leading scorer Gerald Brown – to graduation. MAAC Co-rookie of the year Brian Rudolph is back at the point, along with junior Brett Harvey in the backcourt. Sophomore Tony Lewis will start as part of a three-guard offense , with sharpshooter Marquis Sullivan – last year’s MAAC sixth man of the year – again providing Jimmy Patsos instant offense off the bench.
FAST FACTS: Both schools are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their first games, and the rivalry dates back to 1910, when the ‘Hounds beat the Mountaineers 35-24 in Emmitsburg. … Mount Saint Mary’s has lost nine straight season openers and 38 straight November road games. The Mountaineers’ last road win in November was an 83-54 rout of Navy on Nov. 28, 1988. They are 15-87 in non-conference road games since joining Division I in 1988. … The teams met in the championship game of the Division II Mason-Dixon Conference tournament for four straight seasons in the mid 50s. Mount Saint Mary’s won all four times. … Loyola is 15-12 in season openers since joining Division I in 1981.