At this point in the college basketball season, a number of small schools play the behemoths to give each other a holiday gift. The small school gets a big check. The big school gets a modified exhibition win.
That’s not happening at Reitz Arena.
The best team in the state of Maryland, the Loyola Greyhounds, continues to pile up wins. Currently, the best team in the MAAC boasts a six-game win streak including a pair of conference wins to kick off a season that could end in the tournament.
Nine other programs in college basketball still look for the first win of the season. Three of those teams are Maryland schools. UMBC and Morgan play an insane non-conference schedule to get ready for conference play. Towson, a team that didn’t win a conference game last season, can’t crack the overall win column so far in the 2011-12 season.
Loyola hasn’t knocked off a ranked opponent so far this season and has played a relatively close game in all of its six wins. (Their only defeat kicked off the season with a 12-point loss at Wake Forest.) The Greyhounds face a very difficult test on Wednesday night when they travel to George Washington. They won’t play another home game until next year and face the number one team in the country near Christmas.
Loyola knows its best shot to make the NCAA Tournament comes from winning its conference tournament. Even if the Greyhounds lose a handful of games, they don’t hold the same level of cache as a team from a big conference.
Don’t overlook the Greyhounds this season.
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