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.
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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