Duquesne will host Loyola (Md.) as part of its 2020-21 non-conference schedule, Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned.
Loyola plays in the Patriot League and finished last season with a record of 15-17 and in ninth place in conference standings. Loyola finished the season rated No. 268 in adjusted efficiency by KenPom.com and was No. 248 in the NCAA’s NET Rankings. The Greyhounds’ season ended with a first-round loss to Lehigh in the Patriot League tournament.
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The Greyhounds will not return leading scorer Andrew Kostecka (19.9 points per game) or starter Jaylin Andrews (7.8 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game) as both graduated, but they will see a return of top youngster Santi Aldama, who averaged 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in 10 contests as a true freshman last season before being lost for the remainder of the year to a knee injury.
Duquesne is 2-0 all-time against Loyola, winning 65-60 at A.J. Palumbo Center in their season opener in 2016-17 and also defeating the Greyhounds in 2003-04.
Loyola will join a home non-conference schedule that will include Belmont, Furman, Rider, Towson and Winthrop. Duquesne will also host Cal Baptist and San Jose State and visit Maryland in the Maryland Showcase. Finally, the Dukes will visit Wyoming in the Mountain West Conference/Atlantic-10 challenge. That leaves three unreported games on the maximum 31-game docket.
Duquesne does not yet know where it will be playing its 2020 non-conference games thanks to coronavirus-related construction delays on UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.