ATHLETICS | LMU Madness is coming and that means the beginning of the NCAA basketball season. This year’s event, on Oct. 26 at Gersten Pavilion, will include introductions for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, on-court skills competitions, and performances by various student groups. Admission is free and doors open at 7:30 p.m.
The men’s basketball team tips off the season at home with a Nov. 3 exhibition, then non-conference games, including two national appearances on the Pac-12 Network with games at Oregon State on Dec. 2 and at Washington on Dec. 17. Every West Coast Conference game will be televised on a national or regional level, and/or produced for broadcast on the conference’s digital network, TheW.tv.
Loyola Marymount’s conference slate includes 12 games broadcast on Spectrum SportsNet, two games on ESPNU, and four on TheW.tv. The LMU home game against Gonzaga will be the first ESPNU broadcast of the season, with a 7 p.m. tip at Gersten. LMU’s trip to BYU will be its second ESPNU showing, with an 8 p.m. PST airtime.
The first half of the women’s basketball schedule again features the LMU Thanksgiving Classic, games against two Pac 12 teams on the Lions’ home court, and an NCAA tournament team. All home games will be streamed on the TheW.TV.
“I’m very excited about our non-conference schedule,” Lions’ Coach Charity Elliott said. “I think it’s a great mix of competition to prepare us for the challenges in the WCC.” The schedule features the regular season opener at UC Riverside on Nov. 10. The Lions then head to St. Louis and Long Beach, before LMU’s home opener, Nov. 21 against Arizona. The annual LMU Thanksgiving Tournament will feature Eastern Michigan and Miami University of Ohio. Denver is slated to be at the tournament as well, but will not play LMU.
The men’s basketball home WCC opener will be the first Thursday of 2018 as Santa Clara comes to campus for a 7 p.m. start, to be broadcast on Spectrum SportsNet. The three-game home stand includes Gonzaga, and concludes with a 7:30 p.m. game against San Francisco on Jan. 11.
Homecoming weekend on the Bluff will include a 7 p.m. game against Portland on Jan. 20 on Spectrum SportsNet, and Family Weekend will be an afternoon game as the Lions host PCH Cup rival Pepperdine at 3 p.m. on Feb. 10.
Senior Day is set for a 1 p.m. tip at Gersten as the Lions close out the regular season against Pacific on Feb. 24.
Basketball season ticket deposits are now being accepted through LMU’s Ticket Office. For further information, call 310.338.5466.
2017 Lions’ Basketball Coaches Clinic
Want to know more about the ins and outs of the sport for coaching your youth, high school, or collegiate team? Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Dunlap and the LMU basketball program will host the 2017 Lions’ Basketball Coaches Clinic on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 9 a.m.
The Clinic, which will be held at the Burns Recreation Center, is free and open to any and all coaches, at all levels of basketball.
The Lions will be in the middle of preparing for the 2017-18 season, and attendees will have the opportunity to watch a LMU practice, followed by a chalk talk with the coaching staff.
Coaches wishing to participate are asked to RSVP by email to Graduate Assistant Coach Curran Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-663-7551.