The wait is over! Basketball season is finally here. The men’s basketball opens the season tonight as it hosts Greenville University at 7:30 p.m. in the Athletic and Wellness Center.
Greenville University, if you are not familiar, is a program out of Greenville, IL, that qualified for the 2018 Division III NCAA Tournament and has a highly potent offense that averaged more than 100 points per game last season. It plays in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) and have a dynamic guard in Johari Dix who averaged just shy of 20 points per game a season ago.
Loras is coming off exhibition games with both DII opponent Augustana (SD) and North Park University, both which resulted in victories for the purple and gold. Ryan Dicanio led the way for the Duhawks last Thursday against Augustana (SD), pouring in 20 points and dropping 5 dimes in 29 minutes. Demond George and Rowan McGowen each weighed in with 14 points as well for the 81-76 win.
Basketball is becoming more of an offensive game, with three-point efficiency at an all-time high and less defensive physicality. With that being said, look for this game to be a high scoring affair. Both teams love to score points, and it wouldn’t surprise if the combined total reached over 230 points.
Ryan Dicanio and Josh Ruggles will look to put up monster numbers on the offensive end, while first-year Jordan Boyd most likely will be making his collegiate debut for the Duhawks. This man has the potential to be a big time collegiate player.
As the men get ready to tip off tonight, women’s basketball begin their season tomorrow, opening up on the road in Oshkosh, WI. Women continue their road trip this upcoming Monday in Whitewater, WI before returning home to host the Fidelity Bank and Trust Tipoff Classic. Jess Brown, Taylor Brooks, and Tayler Walker return for their senior season and hope to lead the Duhawks to an American Rivers Conference title and berth in the Division III NCAA Tournament.