The Loyola men’s basketball team (16-10, 9-4) puts its 13-game home conference winning streak on the line Sunday when Missouri State University comes to Gentile Arena.
The Ramblers are looking for revenge from a blowout 70-35 road loss at Missouri State the last time these two played Jan 23. The matchup is one of the most significant of the conference season with only four games remaining, as the Bears could secure a three-way tie with the Ramblers and Drake University for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) standings with a win.
“We’ve got a big opportunity this Sunday,” Loyola redshirt senior Marques Townes said. “For me, this is personal, real personal, and I’m really looking forward to this game.”
Loyola will look to stay in first place on their home court and could retain its one game advantage over the Bulldogs for first place in the MVC standings with a victory on Sunday.
The Bears enter Sunday’s matchup on a three-game winning streak which is highlighted by a last-second 66-65 victory over Illinois State University and a midweek road win over University of Evansville 68-56.
They’re led by a talented pair of redshirt juniors in forward Tulio Da Silva and guard Keandre Cook. The duo are the two leading scorers for the Bears this season and are both in the running for MVC Newcomer of the Year.
Loyola looks to bounce back from a 61-54 midweek loss to Bradley University in Peoria. The Ramblers have been led this season by MVC Player of the Year candidates Townes and sophomore center Cameron Krutwig, who contributed 27 of the team’s 35 points in their loss Jan 23.
Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. at a sold-out Gentile Arena and the game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.