Men's Basketball

Gentile Arena Set for 3rd Men’s Basketball Sellout This Season

Neil Beran | The PhoenixStudents and fans cheer on the Ramblers in a game against St. Joseph's Nov. 16, 2019.

The Loyola men’s basketball team has only sold out one game so far this season — its most recent home game against Bradley University Feb. 1. However, the Ramblers are set to sell out their next two games at Gentile Arena.

A full crowd is expected at Loyola’s game against Valparaiso University Sunday Feb. 9, Loyola Athletics announced Friday afternoon. In a Jan. 28 press release, the athletic department announced the Feb. 15 game against the University of Northern Iowa is also scheduled to reach a full capacity of 4,963 people.

Last year, the men’s basketball team had six sellouts in its first season after reaching the NCAA Tournament Final Four in 2017-18. This is Loyola’s 10th sellout since the beginning of the 2017-18 season. Previously, the Ramblers hadn’t sold out a game since Feb. 27, 2003 in a game against the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Ramblers (15-9, 7-4) are currently on a five-game home winning streak, but have dropped three straight games on the road. Loyola started its conference play with a road matchup against Valparaiso Dec. 30. The Ramblers managed to defeat the Crusaders 66-63.

Valparaiso is currently 12-12 on the year with a 5-6 conference record. The Crusaders sit tied for seventh out of 10 teams in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). Meanwhile, the Ramblers are tied for third place, and two games behind conference-leading Northern Iowa.

Sunday’s game between the Ramblers and Crusaders is scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.

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