Men's Basketball Announces 2011-2012 Schedule
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., and head men's basketball coach Milan Brown have announced the Crusaders' schedule for the 2011-2012 season, which is slated to begin on Nov. 11. The non-conference portion of the schedule includes six games against teams which advanced to postseason play last year, including a contest against defending NCAA champion Connecticut. The slate also includes a total of 12 regular season home games at the Hart Center, plus a match-up with Boston College at the DCU Center.
"We are excited to face all of the challenges that lie ahead of us this season," said Brown. "We know that the schedule we will face is going to be very tough. We hope that all the different styles of play we face early on in the year will help us to continue improving, and give us a chance to be successful in the Patriot League."
The Crusaders begin the season at the College of Charleston (Nov. 11), before coming home to face Harvard (Nov. 15) at the Hart Center and Boston College (Nov. 18) at the DCU Center. Holy Cross then plays at Fairfield (Nov. 20), prior to a home game against Hartford (Nov. 23). The Crusaders will next travel to Maine (Nov. 27) and Providence (Nov. 29), followed by a home contest against New Hampshire (Dec. 3). After a road contest at Columbia (Dec. 6) and a home date with Sacred Heart (Dec. 9), Holy Cross heads to Connecticut (Dec. 18). The Crusaders then play host to San Francisco (Dec. 22) and travel to Dartmouth (Dec. 31).
Holy Cross begins the new calendar year at Yale (Jan. 3), before opening Patriot League play at home against Lehigh (Jan. 7) and Navy (Jan. 11). After a road contest at American (Jan. 14), the Crusaders return home to play host to Lafayette (Jan. 19). A pair of road games at Bucknell (Jan. 21) and Army (Jan. 25) follow, prior to a home contest against Colgate (Jan. 28) and two more road trips to Lehigh (Feb. 4) and Navy (Feb. 8).
Holy Cross will next play host to American (Feb. 11), before hitting the road to face Lafayette (Feb. 15). After two straight home games against Bucknell (Feb. 18) and Army (Feb. 22), the Crusaders close out the regular season at Colgate (Feb. 25). All games in the 2012 Patriot League Tournament will take place on the campus of the higher seeded team, with quarterfinal games on Feb. 29, the semifinal round on March 3, and the championship game on March 7.
The Crusaders return three starters and 10 letterwinners from their 2010-2011 squad which went 8-21 overall, and placed third in the Patriot League with a 7-7 mark in conference games.