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 2013-2014 season, which is slated to begin on Nov. 10. The schedule includes 16 games against teams which advanced to postseason play last year, including 12 contests against schools which won at least 20 games in 2012-2013. The slate also features a total of 12 regular season home games at the Hart Center.
"Our non-conference schedule is extremely competitive," said Brown. "The players and staff have embraced the fact that November and December will bring huge challenges to our doorstep. And the race for the Patriot League championship should be very exciting, especially with the addition of two new teams. While our schedule is very challenging, we will continue to focus on the process of what it takes to be a good team. We are in a relentless pursuit of excellence. I believe this schedule will test us as a program, and we are looking forward to it."
The Crusaders begin the season against Harvard at the TD Garden in Boston (Nov. 10), before facing Sacred Heart in their home opener (Nov. 13). Holy Cross will then take part in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic, opening with road games at North Carolina (Nov. 15) and Fairfield (Nov. 20). The tournament will conclude at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with contests against Belmont (Nov. 23) and either Hartford or Hofstra (Nov. 24). The Crusaders will next travel to New Hampshire, followed by a home date with Albany (Dec. 4) and a road game at Hartford (Dec. 7). After playing host to Canisius (Dec. 16), Holy Cross closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Dec. 21) and at Michigan (Dec. 28).
Holy Cross opens Patriot League play at Boston University (Jan. 2), then plays host to American (Jan. 5) and Colgate (Jan. 8). A pair of road games at Bucknell (Jan. 11) and Army (Jan. 15) come next, before the Crusaders return home to face Lehigh (Jan. 18). After road trips to Lafayette (Jan. 22) and Navy (Jan. 25), Holy Cross will take on Loyola (Md.) at home (Jan. 29).
The Crusaders will next travel to American (Feb. 1) and Colgate (Feb. 4), before playing host to Bucknell (Feb. 9) and Army (Feb. 12). Following a road contest at Lehigh (Feb. 15), Holy Cross will be back at home to take on Lafayette (Feb. 19) and Navy (Feb. 23). The Crusaders will then travel to Loyola (Md.) for their final road game (Feb. 26), before closing out the regular season slate at home against Boston University (March 1). All games in the 2013 Patriot League Tournament will take place on the campus of the higher seeded team. The first round will take place on March 3, followed by the quarterfinals on March 5, the semifinal round on March 8, and the championship game on March 12.
The Crusaders return three starters and 10 letterwinners from their 2012-2013 squad which went 12-18 overall and 4-10 in the Patriot League.