Loyola Greyhounds men's basketball
The Loyola Greyhounds men's basketball team represents Loyola University Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I competition. They are currently led by first-year head coach Tavaras Hardy. It became a member of the Patriot League along with the university's other intercollegiate athletic programs on July 1, 2013. Home matches are played at Reitz Arena.
|University||Loyola University Maryland|
|Head coach||Tavaras Hardy (1st season)|
|Arena||Reitz Arena |
|Colors||Green and Gray|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|MAAC: 1994, 2012|
Upon moving up from Division II in 1981, Loyola was an original member of the ECAC Metro Conference which changed its name to the Northeast Conference (NEC) on August 1, 1988. During its eight seasons in the circuit, the Greyhounds never won the championship and had no appearances in either the NCAA or National Invitation Tournaments. The only player in the program's Division I history to have reached the National Basketball Association (NBA) is Mike Morrison, a four-year letterman from 1985 to 1989. An All-Conference First Team as a junior and senior, he was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round (51st overall) of the 1989 NBA Draft. He was eventually named to the NEC 25th Anniversary All-Time Team in January 2006. Mark Amatucci was also honored as the circuit's Jim Phelan Coach of the Year in 1983–84.
Loyola was a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) from 1989 to 2013. The Greyhounds won the MAAC Championship to earn the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament twice. The first time was in 1993–94 with an 80–75 win over Manhattan at Knickerbocker Arena and Tracy Bergan earning conference tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors. This was also Skip Prosser's only campaign as the program's head coach. The Greyhounds' next conference title came eighteen years later in 2012 with MVP Erik Etherly spearheading a 48–44 victory over Fairfield at MassMutual Center. Jimmy Patsos was the MAAC Coach of the Year that season. The MAAC era at Loyola ended with Patsos' departure to Siena on April 2, 2013.
G.G. Smith, an assistant coach under Patsos for six seasons, was promoted to lead the Greyhounds into the Patriot League on April 12, 2013. He announced his resignation on March 8, 2018 after five seasons in which the team posted 56–98 and 35–55 records overall and in the conference respectively. Tavaras Hardy, an assistant coach on Josh Pastner's staff at Georgia Tech for two years, was appointed as Smith's successor twenty days later on March 28.
NCAA Division I seasonsEdit
|ECAC-Metro Conference (1981–1988)|
|1981–82||Bill Burke||11–16||7–7||3rd South|
|1982–83||Mark Amatucci||4–23||3–11||4th South/Last|
|Northeast Conference (1988–1989)|
|Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (1989–2013)|
|1989–90||Tom Schneider||4–24||2–14||6th South/Last|
|1993–94||Skip Prosser||17–13||6–8||5th||NCAA Round of 64|
|2011–12||Jimmy Patsos||24–9||13–5||2nd||NCAA Round of 64|
|2012–13||Jimmy Patsos||23–12||11–7||2nd||CIT Quarterfinals|
|Patriot League (2013–present)|
|2016–17||G.G. Smith||16–17||8–10||7th||CBI Quarterfinals|
Postseason invitational champion
Sources: Loyola University Maryland Men's Basketball Year-By-Year Records; Northeast Conference 2012–13 Men's Basketball Record Book; Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Basketball All-Time Standings.
NCAA Division I Tournament resultsEdit
|1994||#15||Round of 64||#2 Arizona||L 55–81|
|2012||#15||Round of 64||#2 Ohio State||L 59–78|
The Greyhounds have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Their record is 1–1.
The Greyhounds have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their record is 2–1.
NCAA Division II tournament resultsEdit
The Greyhounds have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament one time. Their record is 1–2.
Regional 3rd Place Game
|W 82–79 OT|
NAIA tournament resultsEdit
The Greyhounds have appeared in the NAIA Tournament four times. Their combined record is 2–4.
|1947||First Round||Hastings||L 44–53|
|1948||First Round||Emporia State||L 57–65|
- "Athletic Communications - Logos". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
- Henneman, Jim. "Loyola-Morgan 1952 Basketball Game Made Memories And History," PressBox (Baltimore), March 2017.
- Official press release issued Tuesday, August 2, 1988 (Announcement of name change from ECAC-Metro Conference to Northeast Conference).
- Northeast Conference 2012–13 Men's Basketball Record Book.
- Men's Basketball Championship History – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
- Men's Basketball All-Time All-MAAC Honors – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Archived 2009-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Markus, Don. "Jimmy Patsos leaving Loyola to take men's basketball job at Siena" The Baltimore Sun, Wednesday, April 3, 2013
- "G.G. Smith Named Next Head Coach Of Loyola Men's Basketball", Loyola University Maryland Athletics, Friday, April 12, 2013
- Harris, Mike. "End of an Era: Men's Basketball Head Coach GG Smith to Resign," The Greyhound (Loyola University Maryland student newspaper), March 22, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2018
- "Tavaras Hardy Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Loyola University Maryland," Loyola University Maryland Athletics, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2018
- University of Arizona 2012–13 Men's Basketball Media Guide.
- "Ohio State Gets Past Men's Basketball In NCAA Tournament", Loyola University Maryland Athletics, Friday, March 16, 2012