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NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Ramblers Bust Sister Jean's Bracket!

The Ramblers played No. 7 seed Nevada in the Sweet 16. Loyola trailed at the beginning of the first, turning it around after keeping Nevada in a scoring drought for the final eight minutes. At the half, the Ramblers had the lead (28-24). They started the final 20 minutes of play shooting 13 for 13, but a Nevada rally produced another nail biter. With their opponent within one in the final seconds, Marques Townes finished the game with a three-pointer (69-68). Loyola dances to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1963. They play Kansas State on Saturday in Atlanta.

In the Round of 32, the Ramblers faced No. 3 seed Tennessee. Loyola came out strong, finishing the first half with a commanding lead. For the 2017-18 season, the team is 20-0 when leading at the half. With a 14-3 run, Tennessee eclipsed Loyola with less than a minute to go. The Ramblers were down by one in the final seconds of the game. With time running out, Clayton Custer took the ball all the way down court and hit a jumper to beat Tennessee 63-62. Loyola advanced to the Sweet 16.

On March 15, the No. 11 seed Ramblers matched up against No. 6 seed Miami, in Loyola's first NCAA Tournament in 33 years. The Ramblers drew on their Missouri Valley Conference championship run and started off early up seven. They held onto the lead for much of the first half but closed the first 20 minutes of play tied 28-28. The Ramblers were chasing Miami in the second half. In the final seconds of the game, Donte Ingram drained a 3-point shot from well beyond the arc to win the game for the Ramblers, 64-62.

Before March Madness 2018

From the Game of Change to being the only Illinois team that can claim an NCAA championship trophy, Loyola University Chicago's men's basketball team has a storied history. Capping a successful season, the Ramblers entered the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as the number-one seed. After close games against Northern Iowa and Bradley, the Ramblers hit their stride in the MVC Tournament championship game. Without conceding the lead the entire 40 minutes of play, they finished off Illinois State, 65-49. For the first time in 33 years, the Ramblers made it to the Big Dance.


Against AP Top 25 teams

Tennessee (13), Miami (22), Florida (23)

Ramblers face No. 24 Nevada on Thursday


More wins than any other Rambler team in 100 years

These kids play with their hearts and their heads because they love their school and because they love basketball.”
Sister Jean, to The New York TImes

Season and tournament recap

With grit, heart, selflessness, and a team-first mentality, the Ramblers tackled the 2017-18 season. "They just refused to quit." Coach Porter Moser said. "You look at how many grind-out games we've had, especially the last several weeks, and we just find ways to win. Different guys, different nights. That's what's special about this group."

Moser stressed not only defense but tradition. He made sure the Ramblers connected with the 1963 team. And after the Ramblers won Arch Madness and clinched their NCAA Tournament berth, Jerry Harkness, captain of that 1963 NCAA championship team, was there to present Moser with the MVC tournament trophy. The Ramblers entered the first round of NCAA Tournament play with a 28-5 record and 10-game winning streak.


Loyola shares the top spot for NCAA D1 Graduation Success Rate


Clayton Custer (‘19) and Ben Richardson (’18) earned First Team MVC Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete honors

MVC Tournament Awards

Donte Ingram

MVC Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Ben Richardson

MVC Championship All-Tournament Team

Marques Townes

MVC Championship All-Tournament Team

Ramblers in the News

Updated 03/19/18

The Game of Change was a historic moment not only for Loyola basketball, but for college basketball and this country—ushering in a dismantling of racial barriers in college athletics. For many, the Game of Change demonstrates the impact of sports, how it brings people together, and how it can create change when those involved challenge the status quo. Read more