Sept. 19, 2006
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 2006-2007 season, which is slated to begin on November 12. The Crusaders will play at least six games against teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season (Duke, George Mason, Hampton, Syracuse and two games against Bucknell), and will likely face another highly-regarded opponent in the ESPN BracketBusters. The home schedule will include a total of 11 games at the Hart Center this year, plus a contest at the DCU Center against George Mason.
"Our non-conference schedule is extremely challenging, especially with so many road games against quality opponents," said Willard. "This schedule should provide us with a tremendous opportunity to prepare for Patriot League play."
Holy Cross begins the season with three straight home games, against Fairfield (Nov. 12), Hampton (Nov. 15) and Siena (Nov. 18). Following a contest at Harvard (Nov. 21), the Crusaders return to the Hart Center to face William & Mary (Nov. 25). Holy Cross will then play five consecutive road games, traveling to Syracuse (Nov. 27), Yale (Nov. 29), Dayton (Dec. 2), Duke (Dec. 6) and Providence (Dec. 19). The Crusaders return to Worcester to face George Mason at the DCU Center (Dec. 21), before heading to Philadelphia for the Explorer Classic, where they will take on La Salle (Dec. 28), Niagara (Dec. 29) and Delaware (Dec. 30).
Holy Cross begins the new calendar year at Boston University (Jan. 3), before heading to Lafayette (Jan. 6) for its Patriot League opener. The Crusaders then play three straight conference games at home, taking on Army (Jan. 10), Bucknell (Jan. 13) and Navy (Jan. 17) at the Hart Center. Following trips to American (Jan. 20) and Colgate (Jan. 24), Holy Cross once again plays three in a row at home, against Lehigh (Jan. 27), American (Jan. 31) and Lafayette (Feb. 3).
The Crusaders will next play three straight conference road games at Army (Feb. 7), Bucknell (Feb. 10) and Navy (Feb. 14), before taking part in the ESPN BracketBusters (Feb. 17). Holy Cross will then play its final home game of the regular season against Colgate (Feb. 21), before closing out the year at Lehigh (Feb. 25). All games in the 2007 Patriot League Tournament will take place on the campus of the higher seeded team, with quarterfinal games on Feb. 28, the semifinal round on March 4, and the championship game on March 9.
Holy Cross is coming off a 2005-2006 season in which it posted an overall record of 20-12, and finished in second place in the Patriot League with an 11-3 mark in conference games.