Just last season, Loyola Maryland shocked some people by winning the MAAC Tournament championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
As a 15-seed, the Greyhounds drew Ohio State in the Round of 64, falling by a final score of 78-59.
However, a 24-9 record and a trip to the Big Dance was more than impressive for a program that had not qualified for an NCAA Tournament since 1994.
Now, the Greyhounds are making different strides with their men’s basketball program, making the switchover to the Patriot League.
The realignment moves Loyola (MD) from the MAAC, effective for the 2013-14 season, which means this winter will be the school’s final year in the conference.
Due to a particular bylaw however, the Greyhounds will be allowed to participate in this year’s MAAC Tournament.
Head coach Jimmy Patsos has done a terrific job at Loyola (MD) since taking over the program in 2004. Prior to last season, the Greyhounds’ 1994 NCAA Tournament appearance had been their only trip in school history.
It’s been a process for Patsos through his first eight seasons, but last year’s run was certainly indicative of where this program is headed.
Loyola (MD) only became the latest team to move into the Patriot League this past off-season, joining Boston University who will also make the switch for the 2013-14 season.
“It is an honor to join the Patriot League’s distinguished member institutions, all of which consistently demonstrate a profound commitment to excellence both in the classroom and on the field,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president, in a statement. “That commitment is one we share at Loyola, and we see this move as a vital opportunity to continue to elevate our already outstanding athletics programs in keeping with our goal of becoming the nation’s leading Catholic, comprehensive university.”
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