A historic season for Loyola Men's Basketball

Arch Madness Champions

Loyola University Chicago’s men’s basketball team entered the conference tournament after an already historic 2017-2018 season. The players collected Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) hardware, guaranteed a post-season appearance, and won games like they did the last time they went to the big dance back in 1985.

Loyola traveled to St. Louis for the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament as the number one seed, riding a seven-game winning streak. This weekend, they ratcheted up the streak to ten, winning all three tournament games—claiming the tournament title and earning the MVC automatic bid to the NCAA. For the first time in 33 years, Loyola is NCAA tournament-bound!

2017–18 Season Recap

Not since 1985 has Loyola claimed an outright conference championship. This year, they did it with 25 regular season victories—the most in program history since the 1948-49 team recorded 26 wins. They also earned their first win over a top-five team since 1984 in a thrilling upset away from home over Florida (65-59).

They played the whole season not looking to the championship-clinching matchup or concentrating on the last game’s final score but focusing only on the next game. As Sister Jean said to the Chicago Tribune, “It’s one game at a time for us.” And with that mindset, the Ramblers ended regular season play at home in Gentile Arena, hoisting the MVC Championship trophy in front of a raucous, sold-out crowd.


This year, Loyola sat alone at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference.


The Ramblers recorded their most regular season wins since the 1948-49 season.

Missouri Valley Conference Specialty Award Winners

Clayton Custer

Player of the Year

Ben Richardson

Defensive Player of the Year

Cameron Krutwig

Freshman of the Year
You’ve gotta get special kids that believe they can win. This group, they’re all believers.
— Porter Moser, MVC Coach of the Year

Ramblers in the News

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