Oct. 4, 2007
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 2007-2008 season, which is slated to begin on November 10. The Crusaders will play a number of tough non-conference games, including a home contest in the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters. The home schedule will include a total of 13 games at the Hart Center this year, plus a contest at the DCU Center against Dayton.
"Our non-conference schedule is extremely challenging, with numerous games against quality opponents," said Willard. "The Patriot League is going to be very competitive from top to bottom this year. Our non-conference schedule should help prepare us for the challenges we will face in league play."
The Crusaders begin the season with their home opener against Hofstra (Nov. 10), followed by a contest at Fairfield (Nov. 13). Holy Cross will then travel to Hampton (Nov. 17), after which it will play three straight games at the Hart Center against Harvard (Nov. 20), Ohio University (Nov. 26) and Yale (Nov. 28) The Crusaders stay in Worcester to face Dayton at the DCU Center (Dec. 1), before hitting the road for contests against St. Joseph's (Dec. 4), Siena (Dec. 22) and Sacred Heart (Dec. 30).
Holy Cross begins the new calendar year at home against Boston University (Jan. 2), before heading to San Francisco (Jan. 5), Maryland (Jan. 8) and Lafayette (Jan. 12 for the Patriot League opener). The Crusaders then play three straight conference games at home, taking on Army (Jan. 16), Bucknell (Jan. 18) and Navy (Jan. 23) at the Hart Center. Following trips to American (Jan. 26) and Colgate (Jan. 30), Holy Cross once again plays three in a row at home, against Lehigh (Feb. 2), American (Feb. 6) and Lafayette (Feb. 9).
The Crusaders will next play three straight conference road games at Army (Feb. 13), Bucknell (Feb. 16) and Navy (Feb. 20), before returning home for the ESPNU BracketBusters (Feb. 23). Holy Cross will then play its final home game of the regular season against Colgate (Feb. 27) before closing out the year at Lehigh (Feb. 29). All games in the 2008 Patriot League Tournament will take place on the campus of the higher seeded team, with quarterfinal games on March 5, the semifinal round on March 9, and the championship game on March 14.
There is still a possibility the Crusaders could add one more non-conference road game to their schedule.
Holy Cross is coming off a 2006-2007 season in which it posted an overall record of 25-9, won the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last seven years.