The Loyola-Chicago (IL) men’s basketball team had a magical run in the NCAA Tournament last year as they advanced to the Final Four and busted many brackets along the way. Their team chaplain, Sister Jean also won the hearts of many and served as a motivating figure that uplifted the team to exciting victories through her pre-game prayers and scouting reports. In five NCAA Tournaments the Ramblers have only made one appearance in the Final Four and that was last season as they will look to emulate that prosperity and have another successful season in 2018-19.

Preseason Ranking:

The Ramblers were selected to finish third in the Missouri Valley Conference for the 2018-19 season. Loyola-Chicago will not have Milton Doyle this season as he left for the NBA draft but talent otherwise with three returning starters, a skilled transfer, and a promising freshman class. Junior Clayton Cluster was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason First Team.

Some notable players that are returning for the Ramblers and were a big part of their tournament run in 2017-18 include:

Cameron Krutwig, Clayton Custer, and Marques Townes.

Schedule:

Loyola-Chicago are planning to have another productive season in 2018-19 and defend their Missouri Valley Conference Championship title after going 15-3 in the 2017-18 season.

Loyola-Chicago opens up the season at home on November 6th at Joseph J. Gentile Center as they will take on the UMKC Kangaroos at 9:00 PM ET tip. They will then play five consecutive home games and face seventh ranked Nevada during that span on November 27th at 8:00 PM ET tip on ESPN News. Loyola Chicago will come to the Palestra to play Saint Joseph’s on December 22 at 5 PM ET tip on CBS Sports Network.

Loyola-Chicago will round out their last 18 games against opponents in the Missouri Valley Conference with nine games at home and nine games on the road. Their first conference game will be on January 2nd at home against the Indiana State Sycamores at 9:00 PM ET tip. The Ramblers will play each team in their conference twice and those teams are Bradley, Drake, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, and Valparaiso.

Prediction:

In his eighth season as head coach of the Ramblers, I believe that Porter Moser will lead his team to another Missouri Valley Conference championship for the second consecutive season and make an appearance n the NCAA Tournament. I am also predicting that Loyola-Chicago will reach the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and have another successful season with Clayton Custer leading the way at guard and serving as the leader of the team for the 2018-19 season.


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