When the Loyola Ramblers fell to Wichita State in the Shockers’ building, there was a lot of hope that the Ramblers might be able to surprise the Shockers when they visited Chicago. However, Wichita never let the Ramblers get into the game and led almost buzzer-to-buzzer in an 88-74 trouncing of the Ramblers.
Rebounding was a key issue for a Loyola team that has struggled on the boards all season. The Shockers out-rebounded Loyola 41-24.
Loyola was led, once again, by redshirt freshman Milton Doyle, who finished the game with 18 points. The team shot a paltry 29 percent from beyond the arc, despite shooting 46 percent for the game.
The Shockers were led by a near-flawless performance from guard Fred VanVleet, who finished the game 6-6 from the floor with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The lone blemish on his game was a single turnover.
In addition, the Ramblers found themselves in foul trouble for much of the game. Wichita State was 31-34 from the charity stripe and three Ramblers finished the game with four fouls.
Time has run out on the Ramblers. With a 9-18 (4-11) record, the team will likely be the 10th seed in the conference basketball tournament unless they can win at least two of their three remaining games. This will prove difficult for Loyola, since two of those games are on the road, where the Ramblers have not won all season.
Wichita State, on the other hand, stands alone at the top of the college basketball world. With top-ranked Syracuse Orange falling to unranked Boston College in overtime, the Shockers are the only unbeaten team left in Division I Basketball. They are three wins away from becoming the first team in a decade to finish the regular season with an unbeaten record.
Wichita State Head Coach Gregg Marshall is not letting his team lose focus. “Our next goal is to go home on Saturday, cut down nets, and be the regular season champion”
Third Year Head Coach Porter Moser was dejected following the loss, saying that “[the Shockers] don’t give you much room for error.”