After back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) regular season championships, the Loyola men’s basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll. Also, Loyola junior center Cameron Krutwig was chosen as the MVC Preseason Player of the Year.
Missouri State University was the clear favorite to win the MVC, receiving 29 of the 44 first-place votes. Bradley and Northern Iowa also are projected to finish ahead of Loyola, coming in at second and third, respectively. The poll is voted on by coaches, School Information Directors and members of the media.
Krutwig would be the third consecutive Rambler to be named MVC Player of the Year after Clayton Custer won it in 2017-18 and Marques Townes won it in 2018-19.
Last season, Krutwig averaged 14.8 points per game along with 7.2 rebounds per game en route to finishing third in the MVC Player of the Year voting.
Krutwig was selected for the MVC Preseason First Team, while junior guard Lucas Williamson was chosen for the MVC Preseason Third Team.
Williamson averaged 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last year. However, injuries limited Williamson to play in 16 of the Ramblers’ 34 games last season.
The Ramblers play their first regular season game Nov. 5 against University of California, Davis at Gentile Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.