The last time Loyola men’s basketball dueled with Maryland, George W. Bush was president and Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” topped the charts. The last time Loyola Maryland played Temple, it was Herbert Hoover and “Happy Days are Here Again.”
As the Greyhounds announced their nonconference schedule for men’s basketball Monday, it was clear first-year coach Tavaras Hardy would be sifting through the archives to reroute Loyola’s trajectory by sprinkling in two teams that haven’t contended with the Greyhound in over a decade.
When the Greyhounds met the Terps on Feb. 2, 2003, Loyola lost, 85-58. They are 5-8 all time against Maryland, despite having lost the past eight matchups.
Before facing Maryland, the Greyhounds will hike to Philadelphia for the first meeting with Temple since 1930. The Owls eked out a positive record last winter, 17-16, landing in the middle of the American Athletic Conference standings. They fared slightly better in nonconference games, however, going 9-6.
Loyola will start its season on the road, taking on St. John’s in New York on Nov. 6. The Greyhounds will then journey back home to host Dartmouth on Nov. 11 and Delaware State on Nov. 13 before playing at Temple three days later for the first game of the Legends Classic.
The Greyhounds will travel across the country to try their hand with Detroit Mercy on Nov. 19, succeeded by either Hampton or Bowling Green on Nov. 20.
Loyola will then work off Thanksgiving turkey in Towson with the Tigers on Nov. 25. On Dec. 1, the Greyhounds match up with Mount St. Mary’s for the 174th time, a rivalry that the Mountaineers hold a 100-73 advantage in.
The Greyhounds go on the road against Drexel on Dec. 5, Binghamton on Dec. 8 and Maryland on Dec. 11. They will then bookend Christmas with UMass Lowell on Dec. 21 and a trip to North Carolina State on Dec. 28.
Meanwhile, the Loyola women’s basketball team has penciled in Maryland to its schedule for the 12th-straight season.
The Terps rule the Greyhounds in the all-time series 24-3, claiming the past 18 games. But after 2017’s 114-45 rout, a game that splintered a single-game assist record for the Terps, the Greyhounds are likely raring for a rematch.
But before they can bus down to College Park to try and make amends for history, the Greyhounds will have to face George Mason (Nov. 6), Dartmouth (Nov. 9) and Georgetown (Nov. 13) on the road, host William & Mary on Nov. 17 and travel o Philadelphia for the 2018 Hawks Classic at Saint Joseph’s.
Loyola will tangle with Boston College and first-year head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee on Nov. 24, and play either Rider or Saint Joseph’s the next day.
In December, the Greyhounds will challenge Catholic rival Mount St. Mary’s at home before heading to Towson on Dec. 4. One more home game, versus St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 7, remains before riding down to College Park to clash with coach Brenda Frese and the Terps on Dec. 10.
The Greyhounds’ final nonconference matchup is at Monmouth on Dec. 22.
For both teams, the Patriot League conference schedules will be released at a later date.