2017-18 Loyola Ramblers Men's Basketball Team
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2017%E2%80%9318 Loyola Ramblers Men's Basketball Team
2017-18 Loyola Ramblers men's basketball
Loyola Ramblers wordmark.svg
NCAA Tournament, Final Four
ConferenceMissouri Valley Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
2017-18 record32-6 (15-3 MVC)
Head coachPorter Moser (7th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaJoseph J. Gentile Arena
Seasons
← 2016-17
2018-19 →
2017-18 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
15 3   .833     32 6   .842
Southern Illinois 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
Illinois State 10 8   .556     18 15   .545
Drake 10 8   .556     17 17   .500
Bradley 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Indiana State 8 10   .444     13 18   .419
Missouri State 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
Evansville 7 11   .389     17 15   .531
Northern Iowa 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
Valparaiso 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
+ 2018 MVC Tournament winner

The 2017-18 Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team represented Loyola University Chicago during the 2017-18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Ramblers, led by seventh-year head coach Porter Moser, played their home games at the Joseph J. Gentile Arena in Chicago, Illinois. They were members of the Missouri Valley Conference. With a win against Evansville on February 18, 2018, Loyola clinched at least a share of its first-ever Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship.[1] With a win over Southern Illinois on February 21, the Ramblers clinched the outright MVC championship.[2] The Ramblers defeated Northern Iowa, Bradley, and Illinois State to win the MVC Tournament. As a result, the Ramblers received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. As the No. 11 seed in the South Region, they upset No. 6-seeded Miami (FL) on a last second three-pointer. In the Second Round, they defeated No. 3-seeded Tennessee to earn the school's first trip to the Sweet Sixteen since 1985. They then defeated Nevada in the Sweet Sixteen and Kansas State in the Elite Eight to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1963. Their Cinderella run ended with a loss to Michigan in the national semifinal.

Previous season

The Ramblers finished the 2016-17 season 18-14, 8-10 in MVC play to finish in fifth place. They lost to Southern Illinois in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament.

Offseason

Departures

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Glorind Lisha 1 G 6'2" 185 Senior Chicago, IL Walk-on; graduated
Matt Chastain 22 G/F 6'6" 190 Freshman Leroy, IL Transferred to Illinois State
Tyson Smith 25 G 6'2" 185 Junior Baltimore, MD Walk-on; didn't return
Byron Burt 30 G 6'5" 190 Junior Chicago, IL Eligibility ended
Maurice Kirby 31 F 6'9" 240 Junior Chandler, AZ Graduate transferred to IUPUI
Vlatko Granic 32 F 6'8" 230 Junior Split, Croatia Playing professional in Croatia
Milton Doyle 35 G 6'4" 185 RS Senior Chicago, IL Graduated

Incoming transfers

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Carson Shanks 32 C 7'0" 230 RS Senior Prior Lake, MN Transferred from North Dakota. Was eligible to play immediately because he graduated from North Dakota.
Aher Uguak 30 G/F 6'7" 206 Sophomore Edmonton, AB Transferred from New Mexico. Under NCAA transfer rules, Uguak had to sit out the 2017-18 season, and will have three remaining years of eligibility.

2017 recruiting class

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Cameron Krutwig
#52 C
Algonquin, IL H. D. Jacobs High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (110 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 70
Christian Negron
#29 PF
San Juan, Puerto Rico Larkin High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #93   Rivals: #58  247Sports: #103
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Preseason

In the conference's preseason poll, the Ramblers were picked to finish in third place in the MVC.[3] Senior forward Aundre Jackson was named to the preseason All-MVC first team.[3]

Roster

Schedule and results

The Ramblers won at least eight of their first nine games for the first time since the 1965-66 Ramblers.[4] In their tenth game on December 6, they upset No. 5 ranked Florida, for the school's first win against a ranked opponent since a February 15, 2009 win over No. 15 Butler and the first against a top 5 team since a December 22, 1984 victory over No. 4 Illinois.[5]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
*
W  
 (1,103)
Non-conference regular season
*
W   1-0
 (2,814)
*
W   2-0
 (1,135)
*
W   3-0
 (1,482)
*

W   4-0
 (1,289)
*

W   5-0
 (1,133)
*

W   6-0
 (485)
*

W   7-0
 (547)
*

L   7-1
 (3,738)
*
W   8-1
 (3,024)
*
W   9-1
 (9,012)
*
W   10-1
 (1,904)
*
L   10-2
 (1,705)
Missouri Valley regular season

L   10-3
(0-1)
 (4,583)

W   11-3
(1-1)
 (1,914)

L   11-4
(1-2)
 (1,501)

W   12-4
(2-2)
 (3,765)

W   13-4
(3-2)
 (4,466)

W   14-4
(4-2)
 (2,814)

W   15-4
(5-2)
 (2,439)

W   16-4
(6-2)
 (4,040)

W   17-4
(7-2)
 (3,522)

W   18-4
(8-2)
 (2,658)

L   18-5
(8-3)
 (5,753)

W   19-5
(9-3)
 (3,592)

W   20-5
(10-3)
 (2,802)

W   21-5
(11-3)
 (4,328)

W   22-5
(12-3)
 (2,091)

W   23-5
(13-3)
 (4,887)

W   24-5
(14-3)
 (6,036)

W   25-5
(15-3)
 (4,963)
Missouri Valley Tournament


W   26-5
 (6,410)


W   27-5
 (8,415)


W   28-5
 (8,056)
NCAA Tournament
*

W   29-5
 (15,802)
*

W   30-5
 (18,642)
*

W   31-5
 (15,616)
*

W   32-5
 (15,477)
*

L   32-6
 (68,257)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=South W=West.
All times are in Central Time.

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final
AP NR NR NR NR NR RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV RV Not released
Coaches NR NR NR RV NR RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV RV RV RV 7

References

External links


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