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Ramblers Travel to Drake

CHICAGO (January 3, 2019) – Following an impressive Missouri Valley Conference opener, Loyola shoots for its second straight victory when it visits Drake Saturday afternoon. The Ramblers are seeking their first-ever 2-0 start in Valley play and are looking to win their opening two conference games for the first time since 2003-04 as a member of the Horizon League. The Ramblers have won three straight and seven of their last eight MVC road tilts and their last seven road losses in Valley play have come by a collective 17 points.

 

Loyola, which through games of January 2 ranked 11th in the nation in scoring defense (59.5 ppg), has limited four straight opponents to fewer than 50 points for the first time since December 18, 1948 thru January 3, 1949, and over that stretch is yielding 46.3 ppg and holding teams to 34.1 percent (72-for-211) shooting from the field and 25.9 percent (22-for-85) from long range.

 

Loyola – Drake – The Series

Loyola and Drake are meeting for the 30th time in a series that began in 1934. The Ramblers have taken six of the last eight matchups against the Bulldogs and have won three straight in the series since a 102-98 loss in Des Moines, December 29, 2016. In the last meeting between the teams, a 22-9 surge in the second half allowed Loyola to pull away for a 72-57 victory at Gentile Arena February 7, 2018. Cameron Krutwig finished with 17 points and nine boards to lead the Ramblers.

 

Loyola is 6-8 all-time against Drake in Des Moines and has lost five of the last seven meetings at Knapp Center. The Ramblers are 5-5 overall against the Bulldogs and 2-3 in Des Moines since joining The Valley. When the teams met in Iowa last January, Loyola scored 12 unanswered points in the second half to gain control in an eventual 80-57 victory that gave the Ramblers sole possession of first place in the league standings.

 

Scouting Drake

Drake had a five-game winning streak snapped with an 82-77 double-overtime loss at Evansville Wednesday night. The loss was equally crippling to the Bulldogs, due to an injury to senior guard Nick Norton, who was averaging 14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.9 apg and 1.2 spg.

 

After going 11-3 at Knapp Center last season, the Bulldogs, under the direction of first-year head coach Darian DeVries, are 6-0 on their home floor this year, including an 83-74 victory over Boise State. Senior forward Nick McGlynn leads a potent Drake offense that averages a Valley-best 81.2 ppg, with 15.9 ppg, to go with 7.4 rpg.

 

Up Next

Loyola closes out a busy first week of conference play Tuesday (Jan. 8) when it travels to Evansville for a gamre that will be televised live on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. CT.

 

 

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