DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will play Loyola University (Md.) in the team's first ever ESPN BracketBusters game, ESPN announced Monday.
The game, which will be the first meeting between the Wildcats and Greyhounds, is set for Saturday, Feb. 20 (1 p.m.) at Loyola's 2,100-seat Reitz Arena. The teams will play a "return" game at Lundholm Gymnasium in either November or December of 2011.
The Greyhounds, who play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, are currently 10-11 this season, including 3-8 in the MAAC. Loyola is 5-0 against common opponents, having beat Vermont (79-66) and Marist (68-61) at home, as well as UMBC (69-66), Dartmouth (58-41) and Marist (80-64) on the road. UNH is 4-0 against those same opponents with wins at UMBC (62-58) and at home against Marist (72-58), Dartmouth (69-59) and Vermont (75-56).
While UNH has never played in a BracketBusters game, Loyola is 2-2 in their four BracketBusters contests. The Greyhounds won at home against High Point (77-71) in 2006 and on the road at Tennessee State (62-60) in 2007, while dropping games to UC Davis (67-64) at home in 2008 and at Drexel (74-58) last season.
The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. when they take on Boston University in their first-ever game against the Terriers at Agganis Arena. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet. The next home game for the ‘Cats is Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. when they play host to the University of Hartford at Lundholm Gymnasium, where they are 7-1 this season.