St. Louis, Missouri:
With a championship on the line, it all comes down to Drake and Loyola Chicago. These two programs split the regular-season series and have been in an insane battle all season long for the top spot in the Missouri Valley Conference. Sunday’s matchup between Loyola and Drake will be one that even the most novice of College Basketball fans can enjoy.
Loyola Chicago got to the championship by dominating both Southern Illinois and Indiana State by a combined total of 138-98. In both those games, the Loyola Chicago defense put both teams on lockdown holding, those two to 49 points each.
On the offensive side of the ball, Loyola Chicago can stroke it from behind the arc, hitting 18 three-pointers in two games. Loyola also shoots free throws very well. In the first game against SIU, Loyola shot 75% from the charity stripe. In the second game, Loyola improved upon that and finished the day with 87% from the line.
Watch out for Cameron Krutwig to make a difference on Sunday against Drake. Krutwig led Loyola Chicago with a double-double on Saturday in the win over Indiana State. He had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Krutwig is the type of player that can completely change the dynamic of a basketball game. If you’re Drake, it’s a hard matchup. If you double team Krutwig, then you have to deal with two explosive guards that can score in Keith Clemsons and Lucas Williamson. Both guys scored in the double figures on Saturday.
For Drake, their journey to the Championship game was a bit different than their counterparts in Loyola. Drake had their first game canceled with Northern Iowa due to a positive Covid test within the NIU program. From there, the Bulldogs advanced to the Semi-Final matchup, where they faced a scrappy Missouri State team.
The matchup with Missouri State was the most exciting games so far of Arch Madness. It went down to the closing seconds before Joseph Yesufu put the dagger into Missouri State and hit a shot with 1.2 seconds remaining in the game.
Like Loyola, Drake has an exciting guard in Joseph Yesufu, who scored 25 points on Saturday in the win over Missouri State. Drake also has a counter for Cameron Krutwig, a forward by the name of Tremell Murphy. Murphy scored 20 points on Saturday with seven rebounds.
Sunday’s Arch Madness Championship game will be must-watch College Basketball action as these two programs meet for the third time with a Championship on the line.
You will be able to catch all the action on your local CBS station with tip-off slated for 1:05 central standard time.