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Lions Announce 2013-14 Schedule

Anthony Ireland
Anthony Ireland

Aug 20, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - The largest conference schedule in LMU men's basketball history has been set thanks to the release of the 2013-14 West Coast Conference men's basketball schedule on Tuesday. With 10 teams, the schedule will be contested over 10 weeks in a double round robin format, culminating on the first day of March 2014.

A year ago, the Lions opened on the road with BYU. This year's slate will have the Cougars coming to Gersten Pavilion to start the conference season on Saturday, Dec. 28. It will be part of the opening weekend for the Lions as they will host San Diego on Monday, Dec. 30.

The grueling conference slate will come after a tough non-conference schedule that has been set-up to get the Lions ready for the WCC.

"Our schedule is once again set-up to help us be successful for the West Coast Conference," said Head Coach Max Good. "We are playing some very, very good programs in a variety of situations - on the road, in tough neutral conditions, and at home. And then looking at the WCC this year, with two conference champions thanks to Pacific moving over after winning the Big West last year - its going to be quite the battle."

The 2013-14 season will begin with the annual exhibition game as the Lions take on Cal Lutheran on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The regular season will begin with a trip to San Diego for a two-day tournament hosted by the Toreros. The Lions will face Grand Canyon on Friday, Nov. 8 and then will take on South Dakota State the following day.

"This tournament will be a great chance for us to get the season started and is a great partnership with San Diego," said Good. "We will then partner with them in 2014-15 and host a similar tournament at our place."

The Lions will also play in the 2013 Ezbons Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, taking on Northern Iowa on the opening day, Friday, Nov. 22. The tournament will run through Monday, Nov. 25.

Smashed in-between the two tournaments is a trip to Long Beach State on Nov. 14 and then the home opener against Northern Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 17.

The trip to the Virgin Islands starts a stretch of six games away from home. After returning from the tournament, the Lions will travel to UC Riverside (Dec. 2), Pittsburgh (Dec. 6) and the ESPN BracketBusters return game with Valparaiso (Dec. 14).

They will return for a four-game home stand that will begin with the other BracketBusters return game with Cal Poly at Gersten Pavilion, Dec. 17. They will then host La Sierra in the third annual LMU Holiday Classic on Dec. 21 with tickets free to the public.

The home stand ends with the first two conference games.

LMU will then spend the next four on the road, including two more against the Cougars and Toreros in the first three weeks of the season, traveling to San Diego (Jan. 9) and BYU (Jan. 11) to end the road swing. It begins with the first Bay Area trip, taking on San Francisco (Jan. 2) and Santa Clara (Jan. 4) to open 2014.

The Lions return home for Portland (Jan. 16) and Gonzaga (Jan. 18) before going on another three-game road swing, taking on Pacific (Jan. 23), Saint Mary's (Jan. 25) and Pepperdine (Feb. 1) as the season reaches the final month.

LMU will close with five of their last seven at home, taking on Saint Mary's (Feb. 6) and Pacific (Feb. 8) for the second time in 10 days to start the final month. LMU will head to Portland (Feb. 13) and Gonzaga (Feb. 15) for the final road swing. They will end with three at home, taking on Pepperdine (Feb. 20), Santa Clara (Feb. 27) and San Francisco (Mar. 1).

The 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will take place from March 6-11 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

2013-14 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
(All times to be announced; schedule subject to change)

Saturday, December 28
BYU at Loyola Marymount
San Diego at Pepperdine
Santa Clara at Gonzaga
San Francisco at Portland

Monday, December 30
BYU at Pepperdine
San Diego at Loyola Marymount
San Francisco at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at Portland
Saint Mary's at Pacific

Thursday, January 2
Pacific at Portland
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco
Pepperdine at Santa Clara

Saturday, January 4
San Diego at BYU
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara
Saint Mary's at Portland
Pepperdine at San Francisco
Pacific at Gonzaga

Thursday, January 9
Pepperdine at BYU
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's
San Francisco at Pacific
Gonzaga at Portland
Loyola Marymount at San Diego

Saturday, January 11
Pepperdine at San Diego
Loyola Marymount at BYU
Santa Clara at Pacific
San Francisco at Saint Mary's

Thursday, January 16
Portland at Loyola Marymount
Gonzaga at Pepperdine
BYU at San Francisco
San Diego at Santa Clara

Saturday, January 18
Pacific at Saint Mary's
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount
Portland at Pepperdine
San Diego at San Francisco
BYU at Santa Clara

Thursday, January 23
BYU at Portland
San Diego at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at Pacific
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's

Saturday, January 25
BYU at Gonzaga
San Diego at Portland
Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's
Pepperdine at Pacific
Santa Clara at San Francisco

Thursday, January 30
Portland at San Francisco
Gonzaga at Santa Clara
Saint Mary's at San Diego
Pacific at BYU

Saturday, February 1
Saint Mary's at BYU
Pacific at San Diego
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine
Gonzaga at San Francisco
Portland at Santa Clara

Wednesday, February 5
Portland at Gonzaga

Thursday, February 6
Santa Clara at BYU
San Francisco at San Diego
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount
Pacific at Pepperdine

Saturday, February 8
Pacific at Loyola Marymount
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine
San Francisco at BYU
Santa Clara at San Diego

Thursday, February 13
BYU at Pacific
San Diego at Saint Mary's
Loyola Marymount at Portland
Pepperdine at Gonzaga

Saturday, February 15
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga
Pepperdine at Portland
San Francisco at Santa Clara
BYU at Saint Mary's
San Diego at Pacific

Thursday, February 20
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount
Portland at San Diego
Gonzaga at BYU
Pacific at Santa Clara
Saint Mary's at San Francisco

Saturday, February 22
Pacific at San Francisco
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara
Portland at BYU
Gonzaga at San Diego

Thursday, February 27
Gonzaga at Pacific
Portland at Saint Mary's
San Francisco at Pepperdine
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount

Saturday, March 1
Portland at Pacific
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's
BYU at San Diego
Santa Clara at Pepperdine
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount

Thursday, March 6
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship First Round

Saturday, March 8
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Quarterfinals

Monday, March 10
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Semifinals

Tuesday, March 11
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Final

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