Loyola's Erik Etherly, left, and Dylon Cormier, right,… (Baltimore Sun photo by Amy…)
The Loyola men's basketball team will host a game in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Reitz Arena.
It will be the Greyhounds' first NCAA Division I postseason men's basketball game to be played at home. The opponent will be announced soon.
Loyola, which made the NCAA tournament last season, is in the midst of its second straight 20-win season with a 21-11 mark through 32 games.
It's the first time in the program's Division I history (since 1981-82) that the Greyhounds have won 20 games in back-to-back seasons. This will be the Greyhounds' first year of participation in the CIT, a tournament that was founded in 2009 and has a 32-team field.
Two fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams advanced as far as the semifinals of the event in the past two seasons, with Fairfield losing in the round of four last year and Iona College making it to the title game in 2011.
All CIT games are played at campus sites, and the entire field will be bracketed and seeded after the first round is complete.
“This is a great opportunity for our players, fans and school to participate in the College Insider Tournament,” coach Jimmy Patsos said. “Angela Lento and Joe Dwyer have created an event that is fantastic for mid-major college basketball programs. The former champions [Old Dominion, Missouri State, Santa Clara, Mercer] and other teams speak to the quality of the tournament, and we are very pleased to be a part of it.”
Tickets are available by calling the Loyola box office at 410-617-1420 and will go on sale in person at the box office or on LoyolaGreyhounds.com starting today at 11 a.m. Reserved seats are $20 each; general admission tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children. General admission group tickets (10 or more) cost $5.
More Division I men's basketball: Towson's Pat Skerry and Florida Gulf Coast's Andy Enfield (Johns Hopkins) are among 21 finalists for the 2013 Hugh Durham award, given annually to the nation's top mid-major men's basketball coach. Skerry guided the Tigers to the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I history this year. The Tigers, who went just 1-31 during his inaugural campaign in 2011-12, posted an 18-13 mark this season, the most victories by a Towson squad since 1993-94. Towson's 13-5 record in CAA play and second-place finish in the league standings were the best marks for the Tigers since they joined the league in 2001.
Junior college men's basketball: Baltimore City Community College's Sean Farr (Dunbar) was named to the All-Region XX first team. BCCC's Kendal Williams and Justin Kuntz (Glen Burnie) made the second team.
Women's basketball: Marymount senior guard Katelyn Fischer (Seton Keough) was named to the D3hoops.com All-Atlantic Region first team. Salisbury sophomore point guard Anna Hackett was named to the second team, and Brooklyn senior guard Brittany Bowen (Mount Hebron) made the third team. ... Lebanon Valley junior forward Caitlin Bach (North Carroll) made the All-Mid-Atlantic second team, and Johns Hopkins senior forward Alex Vassila made the third team.
Men's swimming: UMBC junior Mohamed Hussein of Egypt has qualified for the NCAA championships in Indianapolis, becoming the third Retriever to reach the national meet, joining Jackie Wisnauskas in 1990 and Lindsey Prather in 2002. Hussein will compete in the 200 individual medley (1 minute, 44.60 seconds), 200 freestyle (1:36.83) and 200 backstroke (1:45.23). He broke the school record in each discipline this season.
Wrestling: Maryland senior Josh Asper (Hereford) is seeded fifth at 174 pounds and will face Kent State's Sam Wheeler in the opening round of the NCAA Division I championships starting March 21 in Des Moines, Iowa. Should Asper advance, he will take on the winner of the match between Navy's Matt Miller and John-Martin Cannon of Buffalo. The Terps' Jimmy Sheptock. seeded seventh at 184, will open with Wyoming's Shane Woods. With a victory, Sheptock will face the winner of the match between Boise State's Jacob Swartz and Campbell's James Cook. Also representing Maryland are Geoffrey Alexander (133), Frank Goodwin (141) and Christian Boley (197). ... Johns Hopkins senior Paul Marcello (141 pounds), who won the 141-pound title at the NCAA East Regional Wrestling Championships on Saturday in Gettysburg, Pa., and Blue Jays sophomore Paul Bewak, who finished third at 125 pounds, will compete at the NCAA Division III championships Friday and Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Marcello (26-8) is Hopkins' first four-time qualifier, and his regional title, secured with a takedown in the first sudden-death overtime period, was the first in school history. Bewak is 34-4.