Sept. 16, 2004
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head men's basketball coach Ralph Willard has announced his team's schedule for the 2004-2005 season, which is slated to tip off on November 20 at Boston University. The Crusaders will play five games against teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season (Boston College, Princeton, Vermont and two games against Lehigh), plus two contests against squads which took part in the National Invitation Tournament (Boston University and Rhode Island). The home schedule will include a total of 13 home games this year, including a contest against Iona at the Worcester Centrum on January 18.
Holy Cross begins the season with a pair of road contests at Boston University (Nov. 20) and Harvard (Nov. 23), before playing a pair of home games against Marist (Nov. 28) and Princeton (Dec. 1). The Crusaders will then embark on a tough four-game road swing, which includes games at Minnesota (Dec. 4), Fordham (Dec. 6), Boston College (Dec. 9) and Brown (Dec. 21). Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center to play Northeastern (Dec. 27) and Vermont (Dec. 30), before playing its final non-conference road game at Rhode Island (Jan. 2).
Following a home contest against Dartmouth (Jan. 5), the Crusaders open Patriot League play with a pair of road games at Bucknell (Jan. 8) and Army (Jan. 12). Holy Cross then has a stretch of four straight games at home against Colgate (Jan. 15), Iona (Jan. 18, Worcester Centrum), Navy (Jan. 21) and American (Jan. 23).
Another four-game road trip follows, as the Crusaders must travel to Lafayette (Jan. 28), Lehigh (Jan. 30), Navy (Feb. 4) and American (Feb. 6). Holy Cross then plays a pair of home games against Lafayette (Feb. 11) and Lehigh (Feb. 13), before playing its final regular season road game at Colgate (Feb. 19). The regular season concludes with two more home games at the Hart Center, against Bucknell (Feb. 23) and Army (Feb. 26).
The 2005 Patriot League Tournament begins with quarterfinal and semifinal round action on March 4 and 6, with games to be played on the campuses of the two highest seeds. The tournament championship game will take place on March 11, at the home of the highest remaining seed.
Holy Cross has won three Patriot League titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times in the last four seasons. The Crusaders have an overall mark of 79-43 during that four-year span, including a 41-7 record at the Hart Center and a 2-0 mark at the Worcester Centrum.