Loyola Chicago basketball

Loyola Chicago basketball is headed back to the NCAA Tournament with hopes at another run.

Loyola Chicago basketball became the 4th official team to punch their ticket in the NCAA Tournament in a 75-65 win against the second-seeded Drake Bulldogs. Here are the three takeaways from the MVC Championship teams.

 
 
 
 
 
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1) Cameron Krutwig is one of the most underrated stars in College Basketball

Despite all his success, Cameron Krutwig doesn’t get nearly enough attention as he should. The center has been the leader of his team all season and is a big reason why they were able to finish their season ranked in the Top 25 in the country. He showed his worth once again in Loyola Chicago’s most important game of the season, totaling 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Whoever Loyola Chicago plays in the first round better have a solid defensive center, because if not they are in for a long night against Krutwig.

2) Porter Moser deserves a Power 6 coaching job

When Porter Moser took the job at Loyola Chicago in 2011, the Ramblers were an annual .500 team and hadn’t made the tournament since the 1984-1985 season. He has completely turned this school around, with a final four appearance under his belt and a potential deep run this year. There are many teams who need a coach like Moser, and they should be calling his phone this summer.

3) Drake deserves to be in the NCAA Tournament

Heading into this game, Drake was in the last 4 byes and last 4 in territory by several respected bracketologists. With the loss, Drake’s chances of making the tournament are looking slimmer as numerous bubble teams still have the opportunity to jump Drake. At 25-4, this Drake team absolutely deserves a spot in the tournament. They play hard and smart, and just because they haven’t played the same level of competition as the other bubble teams doesn’t mean they can’t compete with a higher seed. The selection committee should take a long look at this Drake team and find a way to add them to that bracket a week from now.

 

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