Hoops Non-Conference Slate Features SMU, Ole Miss, Great Alaska

Anthony Ireland leads the Lions into 2012-13.

Aug. 3, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Thanks to a change in the rules regarding summer workouts, the LMU men's basketball team, who entered the summer with six newcomers on the roster, got a jump start to the 2012-13 season. The Lions got a look at what the first part of their season will look like, as LMU announced the 2012-13 non-conference schedule on Friday.



The Lions non-conference slate will include home games against Long Beach State, Ole Miss, Morgan State and CSU Bakersfield. The road slate will feature at trip to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, as well as trips to SMU, CSU Bakersfield, Northern Arizona and Saint Louis.

"I think we have a great balance of very high echelon teams and some very good mid-major teams, and of course when you get to league play, with BYU in the league now, and everyone else showing tremendous improvement, our schedule will be very tough this year," said Head Coach Max Good.

The season will begin with an exhibition against Point Loma on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Gersten Pavilion, followed the regular season opener against Pacifica University on Nov. 9. The Lions will then hit the road for 20 days when they travel to SMU on Nov. 11 and then CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 17.

LMU will then make their third trip to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Nov. 21-24, opening with Oral Roberts (27-7 overall in 2011-12) on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. ORU advanced to the NIT in 2012, falling to Nevada, 68-59. The game will be on CBS Sports Network.

The Great Alaska Shootout begins on Nov. 21 with Belmont taking on host Alaska Anchorage, followed by Northeastern taking on UC Riverside. On Thanksgiving Day, Charlotte will take on Texas State following the LMU-ORU game.

"Oral Roberts was a 20-plus game winner, with other teams in the field that are consistently very good and had success last year," said Good. "Each and every year the folks at the Great Alaska Shootout put together a very competitive field, and this year will be no different."

The Lions will then return home to resume their rivalry with Long Beach State, who won the Big West a year ago, on Thursday, Nov. 29. A year ago the Lions did not play a Big West opponent in the regular season for the first time in program history. The Lions have played the 49ers in 11 of the 12 previous seasons prior to last year. This will be the 26th meeting all-time between the two.

"I really like them on this schedule. They play a nationally tough schedule and we have eeked out two overtime wins against the last two times we have played them and felt very fortunate. I think it is very good for basketball in this area for us to play each other," said Good.

Two days following the 49ers, the Lions will host Portland State on Saturday, Dec. 1 in a return from their ESPN BracketBusters meeting in 2011. The Lions will then head into finals week when they return last year's game with Northern Arizona, this time traveling to Flagstaff on Dec. 5.

Following a 14-day lay-off, the Lions will host the SEC's Ole Miss on Wednesday, Dec. 19, followed by a trip to Saint Louis (26-8) on Saturday, Dec. 22. Both went to the postseason in 2012, with Saint Louis defeating Memphis, 61-54, before falling to Michigan State, 65-61, in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Ole Miss (20-14) fell to Illinois State in the first round of the NIT, 96-93 in overtime.

The Lions will wrap-up 2012 at home, playing Morgan State on Dec. 27 with a return game against the Roadrunners on Dec. 29.

For the third straight season the Lions will play in the SEARS ESPN BracketBusters. The Lions will travel to an opponent the weekend of Feb. 16-17. The field will be announced in late January.

The WCC season will begin the first week of January, with the Zappos.com WCC Championships returning to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, March 6-11.

Season tickets for the 2012-13 LMU men's basketball season are available by calling (310) 338-5466 or visiting the tickets home on LMULions.com.



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