Scouting report: Loyola Maryland
Game info: 5 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity)
TV: Pac-12 Networkds (Kevin Calabro and Lenny Wilkens.)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Jimmy Patsos is 123-123 in ninth seasons with the Greyhounds.
Prediction: Picked to finish first in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference by the league’s coaches.
Series: This is the first meeting between Washington and Loyola Maryland.
Previous game: Won its home season opener 71-45 against Binhampton.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Dylon Cormier (right) earned All-MAAC second-team honors last season. He was finishing second on the team in points per game (13.4). In last Friday’s win over Binghampton, the 6-2 junior guard scored a game-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting, 1 of 2 on three-pointers and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. It was the ninth time he’s scored at least 20 points. He also had three assists, a block, a steal and four rebounds in 31 minutes.Cormier has led Loyola in scoring 14 times, and the Greyhounds are 11-3 in those games.
— Senior forward Erik Etherly is a four-year starter who averaged 13.7 pointns and 7.5 rebounds last season. He was the MVP of the MAAC tournament and a first-team all-conference selection. At 6-7, he’s a bit undersized in the low post, but he’s one of Loyola’s best rebounders because he’s probably their best athlete. Etherly is one of Patsos’ go-to guys. He played 33 minutes in the opener, which isn’t unusual. He averaged 33 minutes last season, 31 as a sophomore and 29 as a freshman.
— Robert Olson is the three-point specialist. The senior guard began the season ranked fourth on the school’s three-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) list, sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Olson shot 43.1 percent on three-pointers last season averaged 11.1 points last season when he was named to the third-team all-MAAC.
— Loyola is very good mid-major team, which should provide a stiff first test for the Huskies. The Greyhounds return three all-conference players (Cormier, Etherly, Olson) from a team that was 24-9, won the MAAC tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
— Loyola returns three starters and one of the new starters Jordan Latham played in 26 games last season. He’s a 6-8 forward who transferred from Xavier after his freshman year.
— Freshman Jarred Jones was one of four players who made their collegiate debut Friday. He got the starting nod at small forward, but didn’t have a great statistical game. Other newcomers included fedshirt freshman Tyler Hubbard and freshmen Eric Laster and Franz Rassman. Among the quartet, Hubbard was the most impressive scoring 11 points and draining 3 of 7 three-pointers.
— The Greyhounds are a solid, but not-too explosive offensive group. They averaged 67.3 points and held opponents to 64.2 last season.
— Eight years ago Patsos took over a team that went 1-27 and he built Loyola into a powerhouse in the MAAC. However, this is the last season for the Greyhounds and the MAAC. They move to the Patriot League in 2013-14.
— Loyola is 0-3 against teams in the Pac-12.
— Located in Baltimore, the Greyhounds make their longest trip this season. They flew out Saturday.
F – Jordan Latham, 6-8, 249, Jr., 6.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg., 75.0 FG%
F – Erik Etherly, 6-7, 225, Sr., 11.0, 6.0, 3.0 spg
F – Jarred Jones. 6-5, 185, Fr., 1.0, 3.0, 2.0 apg.
G – Robert Olson, 6-4, 189, Sr, 11.0, 4.0, 3.0
G – Dylon Cormier, 6-2, 172, Jr., 21.0, 4.0, 3.0
— Cormier looks to be the only Loyola player capable of putting up big numbers so it will be important to contain him and keep him away from the rim. He shoots 28.9 percent on three-pointers during his three-year career and is someone who likes to use his quickness get in the lane. This will be a good first test Washington, which had trouble last season keeping smaller, quick out of the paint. Look for Huskies to rotate a series of players on Cormier including Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox and Andrew Andrews. On the offensively end, whoever is paired against Jones should have a big night. He’s a freshman making his first road start more than 2,000 away from against savvy veterans Wilcox or Scott Suggs. They should be able to get plenty of open looks and chances to score.