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Ramblers Look To Right the Ship

CHICAGO (December 6, 2018) – Loyola, which has dropped three of its last four games after opening the year 4-1, heads east this weekend to take on its second nationally ranked opponent of the season when it battles No. 23 Maryland in Baltimore Saturday afternoon. Dating back to last season, the Ramblers have won four of their last six games versus Top 25 teams. The Ramblers have prevailed in 10 of their last 12 and 12 of their last 15 contests played at neutral sites. Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Loyola is 5-3 against Power 5 conference foes, with wins over Washington State, Florida, Miami, Tennessee and Kansas State.

Loyola – Maryland – The Series

Loyola and Maryland are meeting for the first time and the Ramblers are 37-85 (.303) all-time versus current members of the Big Ten Conference and are seeking their first win over a B1G for since an 80-65 victory over Purdue December 11, 2005 at Gentile Arena.

Loyola has dropped its last eight contests versus Big Ten opponents, including last year’s 69-57 setback to No. 7 Michigan in the NCAA national semifinals in San Antonio.

Scouting Maryland

Maryland, which won 19 games a year ago, has opened the 2018-19 campaign by winning seven of its first nine contests and is coming off of a 62-60 setback at Purdue Thursday night, despite 18 points from Anthony Cowan. The Terrapins are connecting on 48.8 percent of their field goal attempts this season and enter Saturday’s game averaging 78.4 points per game.

Junior guard Anthony Cowan leads Maryland’s high-scoring offense with 16.6 ppg and adds 4.7 apg. Six-foot-10 sophomore Bruno Fernando is putting up impressive numbers, tallying 14.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg and 2.2 bpg, while knocking down 70.3 percent (52-for-74) of his field goal tries.

Maryland is dominating its opponents on the glass so far this season and brings a +13.9 rebounding margin into this weekend’s action. The Terrapins are shooting just 32.1 percent (60-for-187) from three-point territory this season and are committing over 14 turnovers per contest.

Up Next

Loyola takes a week off for final exams then returns to action December 16 when it hosts Norfolk State.

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