Sept. 17, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., and head men's basketball coach Ralph Willard have announced the Crusaders' schedule for the 2008-2009 season, which is slated to begin on November 14. The Crusaders will play a number of tough non-conference games, including home contests against 2008 NCAA Tournament participants St. Joseph's and Siena. The home schedule will include a total of 14 games at the Hart Center this year.
"This year's schedule is a very challenging one with a number of difficult road and home games, which should provide a great test going into conference play," said Willard. "The home schedule will be highlighted by the Nov. 16 game against St. Joseph's, during which we will retire the jerseys of George Kaftan, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn and Togo Palazzi."
The Crusaders begin the season with a three-game homestand against Sacred Heart (Nov. 14), St. Joseph's (Nov. 16) and Brown (Nov. 19). Holy Cross will then play three straight contests on the road, against Northeastern (Nov. 22), Harvard (Nov. 25) and Loyola of Chicago (Nov. 29). Following a home date with Fairfield (Dec. 1), the Crusaders will next travel to Yale (Dec. 3). Holy Cross next plays host to Western Michigan (Dec. 6), prior to a pair of road contests at Massachusetts (Dec. 10) and Ohio (Dec. 22). The Crusaders will then return to the Hart Center to face San Francisco (Dec. 27) and Siena (Dec. 30).
Holy Cross begins the new calendar year at Boston University (Jan. 2), before heading to Central Florida (Jan. 6). The Crusaders then open Patriot League play at home against Lafayette (Jan. 10), before playing three straight conference road games at Army (Jan. 14), Bucknell (Jan. 17) and Navy (Jan. 21). Following home dates with American (Jan. 24) and Colgate (Jan. 28), Holy Cross once again hits the road for trips to Lehigh (Jan. 31) and Lafayette (Feb. 7).
The Crusaders will next play three straight conference home games against Army (Feb. 11), Bucknell (Feb. 14) and Navy (Feb. 18), before hitting the road to face American (Feb. 21) and Colgate (Feb. 25). Holy Cross then closes out the regular season at home against Lehigh (Feb. 28). All games in the 2009 Patriot League Tournament will take place on the campus of the higher seeded team, with quarterfinal games on March 4, the semifinal round on March 8, and the championship game on March 13.
Holy Cross returns three starters and 10 letterwinners from its 2007-2008 squad which went 15-14 overall.