St. Louis, Missouri:
Loyola Chicago came out red hot against Drake as they cruised to their second Missouri Valley Tournament Championship. From the opening tip to the final whistle, it was all Loyola Chicago as they made a statement with their 75-65 win over Drake. Loyola will be making their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years. In their last appearance, the Ramblers put together an exciting run to the Final Four and captivated the hearts of College Basketball fans across the world.
This year’s Loyola Chicago team is a different team than that team that made the Final Four in the sense that they want to ” Change The Story.” A mantra that Head Coach Porter Moses takes seriously and has instilled with his team this year.
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So, how did Loyola Chicago do it? Well, the Ramblers did it with stifling lockdown defense and red hot shooting.
On the defensive side of things, Loyola held their first two opponents to 49 points each while holding Drake to only 65 points and 44% from the field.
For the offensive of the court, Loyola Chicago has a star-studded frontcourt with Cameron Krutwig leading the way. Cameron Krutwig was named the Missouri Valley Player Of The Year for the regular season and added the Larry Bird Most Valuable Player award for the MVC Tournament in St. Louis.
As seen this weekend at Arch Madness, Krutwig is a guy that is hard to game plan around. He can beat you in so many ways. For example, Indiana State tried to double-team him on Saturday before eventually falling victim to his passing abilities. Not to mention, a guy that big down low can rebound the ball like nobody’s business.
Loyola also has an amazing backcourt that knocks down the outside shot. In Sunday’s game alone, Loyola hit ten three-pointers. When there stroking from deep, it creates more opportunities down low for Krutwig.
So in terms, Loyola Chicago is a dang good basketball team and will be an extremely tough out for anybody in the NCAA Tournament.
Loyola will head back to Chicago before departing for Indiana later this week.