The No. 8 seed Loyola Chicago Ramblers are the only team to knock off a No. 1 in this NCAA Tournament, and they’ll be looking to get one step closer to their second Final Four in three chances when they face the No. 12 seed Oregon State Beavers in the Sweet 16.
Game date: Saturday, March 27
Game time: 2:40 p.m. ET
TV channel: CBS
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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Point spread: Loyola Chicago -6.5
Moneyline: Loyola Chicago -275, Oregon State +220
No. 12 Oregon State: 19-12 (10-10 Pac-12)
KenPom rating: 63 Overall, 50 Offense, 89 Defense
NET ranking: 91 (7-5 VS Quad 1)
Leading scorer: Tres Tinkle, 18.5 ppg
Don’t shoot down the clouds, you might knock Oregon State off the run that will now continue. With an 80-70 win over the No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowboys and likely No. 1 overall NBA Draft selection Cade Cunningham, the dream season continues for a team that has played their last five games for their season and won all of them.
Ethan Thompson had 26 points and seven rebounds in the win, including a remarkable 15-16 from the free throw line.
No. 8 Loyola Chicago: 26-4 (16-2 MVC)
KenPom rating: 7 Overall, 35 Offense, 1 Defense
NET ranking: 10, (3-2 VS Quad 1)
Leading scorer: Cameron Krutwig (14.9 ppg)
The No. 8 seed Ramblers busted more brackets in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday as they defeated the No. 1 seed Illinois Fighting Illini 71-58 in the second round. Loyola Chicago will be going back to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three seasons.
The Ramblers jumped out early on the Big Ten champions, leading by as much as 14 points in the first half. Loyola Chicago took a nine-point lead into halftime and never relinquished it, despite 21 points and nine rebounds from Illinois center Kofi Cockburn.
The Ramblers leaned on the duo of Cameron Krutwig and Lucas Williamson to secure the win. Krutwig scored a team-high 19 points (9-18 FG), to go along with 12 rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Williamson contributed 14 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting from the field. As a team, Loyola Chicago shot 51% from the field and forced the Fighting Illini into 17 turnovers.