Fordham set to christen Loyola's Norville Center

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Unveiled in a March 3, 2011 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Loyola's all-new $26 million Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics is tentatively set to host last-place finishing A-10 team Fordham this fall.

This based on a preliminary schedule released by Loyola's Athletic Department which was distributed at an alumni event and posted to the Ramblermania Forums.

The brazen schedule opens with a challenging visit to Champaign for the Illini's shot at Horizon League redemption.

Then the Ramblers travel to Manhattan to complete their home/home series with Kansas State that resulted in a 60-68 loss to Jacob Pullen's former squad last season before the Nov. 26 Norville Center opener.

Loyola will play host to Creighton, DePaul and Chicago State thereafter.

The Creighton Blue Jays welcomed the Ramblers in a 2010 Bracketbusters game, winning 78-58 over Jim Whitesell.

Last season's 7-21 Fordham Rams return all starters and capped off a 17-consecutive loss rebuilding season with a 77-73 win over Massachusetts.

The Rams have finished at the bottom of the A-10 for the past three seasons, and are a pretty safe bet for new head coach Porter Moser and his Ramblers at home.

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  • Not to nit-pick, but I believe the Norville Center is the new practice facility attached to the Gentile Center. The Loyola basketball games will be played in a renovated Gentile Center, not the Norville Center. Thanks for the coverage.

  • Good call. Still a christening of sorts, though, no?

    Thanks for the comment and all best.

  • Fordham will be the first opponent to use the new locker facilities. I like that Loyola is getting more fellow "Jesuit" schools on their schedule. Now only if they could find a way to get Marquette or Georgetown.

  • Compared to Holy Cross and San Francisco, Loyola's most common Jesuit opponents, Fordham is a big improvement.

    Marquette would be a great game to land, but St. Louis would probably be a better, if unlikely, matchup.

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