|Opponent||NCAA Second Round – Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Date||Thursday, March 15, 2012|
|Location||Pittsburgh, Pa. | CONSOL Energy Center|
|Series Record||First Meeting|
|Last Meeting||First Meeting|
Loyola University Maryland will make its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament when it takes on The Ohio State University Buckeyes on Thursday, March 15, 2012. The teams are slated for a 9:50 p.m. tip-off in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Greyhounds were tabbed as a No. 15 seed in the tournament, while Ohio State, the Big 10 runners-up, are a No. 2.
Watch Or Listen
The game will be broadcast on TNT with Kevin Harlan calling the play-by-play. For the second-straight game, Len Elmore will provide the analysis. He will be joined by fellow analyst and NBA great Reggie Miller. Marty Snider will report from the sideline for TNT.
Fans in the Baltimore are can tune in to LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Gary Lambrecht will handle play-by-play duties, and Jim Chivers will provide analysis.
The national radio broadcast will be distributed by Dial Global Media. Scott Graham will call the game with analysis from Kevin Grevey.
Second NCAA Trip
Loyola is making its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons, a span of 17 years, 11 months and 23 days. In all, it will have been 6,569 days between NCAA Tournament Games for the Greyhounds.
This year’s freshmen – Tyler Hubbard and R.J. Williams – were less than one year old the last time Loyola played in an NCAA match.
The last time the Greyhounds played in the NCAA Tournament, they were also No. 15 seed. They took on No. 2 Arizona on March 18, 1994, and were defeated by the Wildcats, 81-55, en route to Arizona’s second Final Four.
Loyola and Ohio State will meet for the first time when they take the court Thursday.
The Greyhounds are 2-8 all-time against Big 10 schools. The last time Loyola met a team from the conference, it defeated Indiana University, 72-67, on December 22, 2012, in Bloomington.
Loyola won its second MAAC Championship in 23 years in the conference on Monday, March 5, defeating Fairfield University, 48-44, in the lowest scoring championship game in league history.
The Greyhounds held Fairfield to just six second-half field goals and 28.8-percent shooting in the game.
Loyola, which finished second in the conference during the regular season and earned the No. 2 seed in the league tournament, defeated Niagara University and Siena College in the MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively.
Defense Wins Championships
The Greyhounds played outstanding defense in the MAAC title game, holding Fairfield to 44 points and 28.8-percent shooting for the game. The 44 points were the fewest Loyola had allowed in a game this season. It was the fewest points a Loyola opponent had scored since the Greyhounds held Dartmouth to 41 in a 58-41 decision on November 24, 2009.
Loyola allowed the Stags to shoot just 6-for-31 (.194) in the second half, scoring only 22 points, the fewest points against the Greyhounds in any half this season.
After trailing by four points (30-26) at halftime, Loyola held Fairfield without a point for the first 7:48 of the second half, and without a field goal for the first 8:48. In that period, the Greyhounds outscored the Stags 11-1 to take a 37-31 lead.
Loyola has completed the turnaround from finishing the 2003-2004 season with the lowest RPI in NCAA Division I basketball. The Greyhounds finished that season with a 1-27 record the season before Jimmy Patsos took over as head coach.
Since then, Loyola has gone 122-122 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games thus far in 2011-2012.
Patsos is one of only three coaches at the Division I level in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior to then win 100 games at the school. He joins Steve Cleveland (BYU) and Pat Douglass (UC-Irvine) as the others.
Outstanding Performance By Etherly
Erik Etherly was named the MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging a team-best 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds over the three games.
Etherly was in double figures in each of the three games, including back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.
He followed that with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks in the MAAC title game vs. Fairfield.
He shot 20-for-38 (.526) from the floor and 11-for-14 (.786) from the foul line, while finishing with nine blocks.
Drummond, Olson Earn All-Tournament Honors
Along with Etherly, Justin Drummond and Robert Olson were both named to the MAAC All-Tournament team.
Olson averaged 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and a team-best 4.3 assists, while shooting 10-for-23 from the floor and 5-for-11 (.435) from 3-point range. He had a career-high six assists in the MAAC Semifinal win over Siena.
Drummond, the MAAC Sixth Player of the Year, averaged 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 22.0 minutes of action. He was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Loyola recorded its best shooting performance of the season on in the MAAC Quarterfinal on March 3 against Niagara, going 29-of-46 from the floor, good for 63-percent.
The outing was 10 percentage points better than the Greyhounds’ previous best this season when they shot 52.9-percent from the field (27-of-51) at Bucknell on December 28, 2011.
Loyola’s 29 field goals made were its second-most of the year, behind the 32 it made on February 10 against Iona.
The Greyhounds continued their good shooting in the MAAC Semifinal against Siena, making 50.9-percent of their shots (27-of-53). Loyola also converted on 7-of-13 3-pointers, for its second-best 3-point percentage of the season, 53.8-percent.
Sharing The Rock
Loyola matched its season-high with 18 assists against Siena in the MAAC Semifinal, tying the mark it posted in two games against Canisius and in a non-conference game versus Florida Gulf Coast, all Greyhound wins.
Three Loyola players – Robert Olson (6), R.J. Williams (5) and Anthony Winbush (3) – combined for 14 of the assists.
The Greyhounds improved to 8-0 this season when Williams has four or more assists.
Big Buckets By Bush
Anthony Winbush scored just 16 points in the Greyhounds’ MAAC Championships run, but five of his field goals have come at critical junctures in the victories.
Winbush hit two 3-pointers midway through the first half of the MAAC title game that were part of a 10-3 Loyola run, giving the Greyhounds a 16-9 lead with 10:12 left in the half. Prior to the two 3-pointers, Winbush was 3-for-15 (.167) from downtown on the season.
In the Semifinal game vs. Siena, he tallied Loyola’s fifth and sixth points of the game, scoring in the paint at 12:13 to stop an 11-0 Siena run that had the Saints ahead 11-4. He then made a jumper at 6:31 that put the Greyhounds ahead 17-16 in the first half.
In the Quarterfinal victory over Niagara, Winbush’s first half basket with 2:32 on the clock broke a 31-31 tie.
Stretch Of Threes
When Kyle Downey cut through the lane and laid in a basket with 16:42 to go in regulation, it pulled Siena within three, 32-29. Robert Olson responded for the Greyhounds, however, knocking down a three at 16:25 that started a 12-4 Greyhounds run that saw the Greyhounds go 4-of-4 from 3-point range.
Dylon Cormier and Shane Walker each hit threes during the span, and Olson capped it with a three off the dribble at 14:12, making Loyola’s lead 44-33.
Against The Nation’s Leading Rebounder
Loyola held Siena’s O.D. Anosike, the leading rebounder in NCAA Division I, to a season-low five boards. It was just the fourth time this season Anosike, who entered the game averaging 12.8 rebounds per game, was held to single-digits on the glass. His previous low this season was eight.
Cormier & Etherly Over 20
For the third time this season, Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly both eclipsed the 20-point mark in the same game against Niagara. Cormier finished with a game-high 23, and Etherly had 21.
The duo previously topped 20 together at UMBC and at home against Iona, both Greyhounds’ wins. Etherly now has four 20-point games this season after tallying 21 against Siena. Cormier has hit the plateau eight times this year.
Shane Walker notched his third double-double of the season in the MAAC Quarterfinal vs. Niagara, going for 13 points and 12 rebounds. He scored nine of his points in the first half, scoring seven of Loyola’s first nine points of the game. He also had four assists and blocked two shots in 37 minutes of action.
Best MAAC Finish
Loyola defeated Manhattan last Sunday afternoon to earn its 13th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory of the season, setting a program record in the process.
The Greyhounds twice finished their MAAC schedule 12-6 (2006-2007 and 2007-2008), a game shy of this year’s record.
Loyola also finished alone in second place in the conference standings, improving on its previous best finish when it tied for second with a 10-4 league mark in 1996-1997.
The Greyhounds’ victory over Boston University on February 19 was their 20th of the season, setting a school Division I record.
Loyola, which moved to NCAA Division I in 1981-1982, had won 19 games in 2007-2008 and 18 in 2006-2007.
The overall school record for victories, 25, game in 1948-1949.
Patsos Named Coach Of The Year
On Thursday night, Jimmy Patsos became the first Loyola coach to earn The Rock/Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors by a vote of his peers in the league.
Patsos has guided the Greyhounds to a school Division I high 23 wins and a program MAAC record 13 victories. He earned his 100th career coaching victory in November and led the Greyhounds to the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championships.
Drummond Picks Up 6th Man Award
Justin Drummond became the fifth Loyola player to earn MAAC 6th Man Of the Year honors in the last eight seasons when he picked up the award on Thursday night. He led all bench players in the league with 11.1 points, fourth on the team, and he was third on the squad with 4.2 rebounds per game.
Drummond joins Charlie Bell (2005), Michael Tuck (2007), Marquis Sullivan (2008) and J’hared Hall (2011) as Jimmy Patsos-coached players to win the award.
For the first time since the league expanded to three All-MAAC teams in 1998, four Greyhounds received all-league honors, topping all teams in the conference. Erik Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team, Dylon Cormier to the Second, and Justin Drummond and Robert Olson to the Third.
Loyola led all teams in the MAAC with its four selections, just in front of Iona’s three.
The Greyhounds’ previous high was at the end of the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell (1st), Jason Rowe (2nd) and Roderick Platt (3rd) earned All-MAAC honors.
Etherly led Loyola in scoring (13.3) and rebounding (7.4) during conference play, and he is second overall on the team with 13.4 points per game. He also is tied for fourth in the league with teammate Shane Walker with 39 blocked shots, and he is fourth in field-goal percentage (.540).
Cormier has led the team throughout the season in scoring with a 13.9 points, and he has shot 46.5-percent from the field. Cormier is third in the conference with 1.7 steals per game, and he has topped the 20-point mark eight times this year.
Drummond has come off the bench in 26 of the Greyhounds’ 30 games this year and is fourth on the team with 11.1 points per game. The guard is also third in rebounding (4.2). He has scored in double figures 15 times this year.
Olson has been one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference this year. He has shot .440 from behind the arc, second-best in the MAAC, and has averaged 11.3 points per game. The junior guard entered the month of January averaging less than nine points per game, but since then he has been the team’s second-leading scorer at nearly 13 a contest.
More Than 60 Years
The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in a season, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:
Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.
Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.
NATO was formed.
The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.
The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.
Billy Joel, Joe Theismann, Bruce Springsteen & Meryl Streep were born.
Milestones And Firsts
Loyola has accomplished several milestones and firsts throughout the 2011-2012 season. Here is a sample of a few:
First 20-win season in Division I history.
Second MAAC title in school history and first since 1994.
Program MAAC record with 13 league wins and best conference finish (2nd).
Tied school Division I record with eight non-conference wins (1993-1994).
Longest winning streak in school Division I history (8, Nov. 14-Dec. 10). Also, second longest winning streak in D-I history (7, Jan. 19-Feb. 10).
First back-to-back sellouts of Reitz Arena since the venue opened in 1984 (Feb. 3 and 10).
Winning Without A Three
Loyola completed a rare accomplishment at Manhattan, defeating the Jaspers despite not making a 3-pointer in the game. The Greyhounds attempted just eight from behind the arc.
The last time the Greyhounds won a game without making a 3-pointer was February 27, 1996, when they defeated Siena, 67-53, in Reitz Arena, a span of 438 games. Loyola was 0-of-9 in that win over the Saints.
No Starters In Double-Figures
Loyola also won the Manhattan game without a starter in double-figures. Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly each scored nine from the starting line, but Justin Drummond (13) and Anthony Winbush (12) scored 25 of the Greyhounds’ 29 bench points in the win.
The last time no starters scored in double figures was on November 24, 2010, when the Greyhounds lost 51-48 at Vermont.
It was the first time Loyola had won a MAAC game without having a starter score 10 or more, going back to the 1989-1990 season when the Greyhounds joined the conference.
The February 26 win at Manhattan was the third time this season that the Greyhounds came back from a 10-plus goal deficit to win. Manhattan led by 11 four times, including with 11:36 in the second half. The Greyhounds also rallied form 15-point deficits to defeat Boston University at home and Fairfield on the road.
Loyola overcame a low scoring afternoon in the Manhattan win when just two players, Justin Drummond (13) and Anthony Winbush (12) topped 10 points.
Loyola is 11-2 this season when four or more players score in double figures, and prior to the defeat at Rider, it had not lost since the season-opener on November 11 at Wake Forest. The Greyhounds are also 21-3 when three or more players top 10.
Transversely, the Greyhounds are just 2-5 when two or fewer players tally 10 or more with their only wins coming on December 7 at George Washington and at Manhattan.
45-Percent Or Better
Loyola improved to 13-1 this season when shooting 45.0-percent or better from the field with its win over Siena. The only loss the Greyhounds have suffered when shooting that mark or better was on February 24 when they went 25-of-55 (.455) from the field at Rider and lost by four.
Loyola’s three most recent losses underscored the importance for the Greyhounds of capitalizing on a few areas of the box score. Seven of Loyola’s eight losses have come when scoring fewer transition points – and the eighth loss was in a game that the teams tied in the category – than its opponents.
The Greyhounds also dropped to 2-6 this year in the eight games they have shot fewer free throws than their opponents, compared to 19-2 when shooting more.
Loyola is also 4-8 when its opponents have a better field-goal percentage, compared to 18-0 when the Greyhounds shoot at a better clip.
Olson’s Last 17
Robert Olson entered the month of January averaging 8.9 points per game through Loyola’s first 11, and he stayed right on that track in the first two games of 2012, scoring a combined 17.
Since then, however, he has averaged 13.0 points per game, starting with a 16-point game on January 7 against Canisius. The game against the Golden Griffins started a stretch of 11-straight in which Olson scored 11 or more points and had 15 or more seven times. During the last 15 games, Olson has shot 75-of-150, 50.0-percent, from the field and 45-of-94 (.478) from behind the 3-point line.
Against Niagara, he hit two threes and moved into sole possession of 10th on the single-season threes list at Loyola. His 136 career threes are sixth in school history.
Six Under Sixty
For the first time in its NCAA Division I history (since 1981-1982), Loyola held six consecutive opponents to fewer than 60 points.
During the span, all Loyola victories, the Greyhounds have held Siena, Saint Peter’s (twice), Niagara, Canisius and Rider to an average of 53.2 points per game.
The Greyhounds previously had held three teams to sub-60 performances just once since joining Division I, and that came during 1981-1982, their first season at this level.
The last time a Loyola team held six-straight teams under 60, regardless of division, came in January-February 1977 when it held six teams in a row – Southampton, Saint Peter’s, Randolph-Macon, Mount St. Mary’s, Baltimore and Philadelphia Textile – to 59 or fewer. The Greyhounds, however, were just 3-3 in that stretch.
Walker Moves Into Second
Shane Walker blocked two Fairfield shots in the first three minutes of the game, and he then swatted a Maurice Barrow layup with 13:58 on the clock, tying him for second all-time at Loyola in blocked shots. He now has 130 in his career, second all-time.
Runs have been a big part of the Greyhounds’ success this year. Here is a look at some runs of note:
|at UMBC||16-4, 8:08||35-31, 19:16 (2)||51-34, 11:08 (2)|
|Marist||15-3, 5:47||61-57, 6:03 (2)||76-60, :16 (2)|
|at Siena||13-0; 4:27||0-2, 19:28 (1)||13-2; 15:35 (1)|
|Canisius||18-4, 10:14||57-53, 10:14 (2)||75-57, 2:11 (2)|
|at Fairfield||36-21, 16:42||30-45, 16:42 (2)||66-63, Final|
|Siena||22-2, 7:36||40-47, 10:35 (2)||62-49, 2:49 (2)|
|Saint Peter’s||20-5, 8:13||15-20, 8:55 (1)||35-25, :48 (1)|
|at Niagara||15-2, 5:42||44-46, 7:48 (2)||59-48, 1:58 (2)|
|at Canisius||24-2, 12:04||16-22, 8:02 (1)||40-24, 15:58 (2)|
|Rider||18-0, 8:06||6-5, 16:50 (1)||24-5, 8:55 (2)|
|Iona||36-17, 12:50||11-10, 13:40 (1)||47-28, 00:50 (1)|
|Boston U.||16-3, 4:37||34-34, 16:05 (2)||50-37, 11:28 (2)|
|Siena||16-2, 5:17||9-16, 10:49 (1)||22-18, 5:32 (1)|
|Fairfield||11-1, 8:48||26-30, 20:00 (2)||37-31, 11:12 (2)|
Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.
Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).
|Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List|
|1.||349||Lefty Reitz||1937-1944, 1945-1961|
Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby
Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Three players – sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.
Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.