Aug. 9, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head men's basketball coach Ralph Willard and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., have announced the Crusaders' schedule for the 2005-2006 season, which is slated to begin on November 18 at the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic. The Crusaders could play up seven games against teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season (Boston College, Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Vermont and two games against Bucknell), plus as many as three contests against squads which took part in the National Invitation Tournament (Boston University, Clemson and Northeastern). The home schedule will include a total of 11 games at the Hart Center this year, plus a contest against Boston College at the DCU Center on January 17.
"Once again, I think we have a very challenging schedule this season," said Willard. "It will be highlighted by games against Boston College at the DCU Center, at Cincinnati and at the San Juan Shootout, which will give All-America candidate Kevin Hamilton a chance to visit his family in Puerto Rico. I also feel that the Patriot League is looking as good as it has been during my tenure at Holy Cross, so this year's schedule should be one of the toughest we have faced."
Holy Cross begins the season against High Point in the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic (Nov. 18), and will face either Maine or William & Mary on the second day of the tournament (Nov. 19). Following the home opener against Harvard (Nov. 22), the Crusaders will play three straight road games against Cincinnati (Nov. 25), Vermont (Nov. 28) and Siena (Dec. 1). Holy Cross then returns home to take on Fordham (Dec. 4) and Brown (Dec. 7), before heading to Carolina, Puerto Rico, for the San Juan Shootout (Dec. 19-21). The Crusaders will face Tennessee-Chattnooga in their opening game of the tournament, with other teams taking part including Akron, Clemson, Liberty, Mississippi State, Mount St. Mary's and Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
Holy Cross returns to the mainland for two more road games, at George Mason (Dec. 27) and Northeastern (Dec. 30). The Crusaders then face Boston University at home (Jan. 2), before taking on Lafayette (Jan. 7) in the Patriot League opener at the Hart Center. Following trips to Army (Jan. 11) and Bucknell (Jan. 15), Holy Cross plays it final non-conference game against Boston College at the DCU Center (Jan. 17). The Crusaders then play two straight home games against American (Jan. 21) and Colgate (Jan. 25), before hitting the road to take on Lehigh (Jan. 28), Navy (Feb. 1) and Lafayette (Feb. 4).
A three-game home stand follows against Army (Feb. 8), Bucknell (Feb. 11) and Navy (Feb. 15). Holy Cross then plays its final two road games of the year, when it heads to American (Feb. 18) and Colgate (Feb. 22). The regular season finale for the Crusaders comes at home against Lehigh (Feb. 26).
The 2006 Patriot League Tournament begins with quarterfinal and semifinal round action on March 3 and 5, with games to be played on the campuses of the two highest seeds. The tournament championship game will take place on March 10, at the home of the highest remaining seed.
Holy Cross is coming off a 2004-2005 season in which it posted an overall record of 25-7, captured the Patriot League regular season crown with a 13-1 mark in conference games, and advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.