With the men’s basketball season just days away, the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) is gearing up for what’s expected to be an exciting year.
However, basketball season isn’t just for the sports editors.
The Loyola Phoenix staff members each have their own thoughts on who will take the 2021 MVC title, and they aren’t afraid to share them.
Katie Anthony: Loyola
Back in 2018 when the team made it to the Final Four, I somehow snuck into Damen as a highschool senior to watch with a crowd of Loyola students — now that I’m a college senior I selfishly want the team to be good this year so I can experience that again.
Rylee Tan: Loyola
Aside from the fact Loyola is slated for second in the pre-season poll, I have high hopes for Drew Valentine. Now that Porter Moser is gone, Valentine can take the reins and lead the team to victory.
Zack Miller: Loyola
Loyola’s depth and older talent are going to carry them to the top. They face tough competition but I think what they have going for them outweighs what’s ahead.
Kayleigh Padar: Missouri State
I think Missouri State is going to win because my best friend from high school goes to a school in Missouri. Not Missouri State, but probably around there.
Ananya Chandhok: Valparaiso
If someone held a gun to my head and asked me about men’s basketball, I’d be dead. With that being said, Valparaiso is the one name I can’t pronounce, so I’m putting my life at stake for them.
Nicky Andrews: Bradley
It sounds like the school is named after a dog and I like dogs.
Alec Karam: Bradley
Last year they placed eighth in the MVC, but the Bradley Braves should win because their name shows they care about alliteration and that’s what makes a girlboss. I won a sports bet despite watching none, so consider me an expert.
Paige Twenter: Missouri State Bears football
I’m from “Mizzoruh” and I legally have to cheer on teams from the Show Me state.
Disclaimer: I’m an A&E writer, not a sports writer, and thus don’t know the difference between basketball and football.
Lu Calzada: Loyola
I’ve said it once — well, on this page, at least — and I’ll say it again: Loyola can take it all home again this year. With their graduate returners and a strong 2020-21 season behind them, I really think they have what it takes.
Amelia Ickes: Loyola
I think the return of the four seniors, along with some really exciting newcomers, will lead the Ramblers to success this year. I’m also really excited to see what Drew Valentine will do at the helm.
Fernando Molia Bier: Loyola
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Leslie Owen: Drake
I’m choosing the Drake basketball team because up until this year I thought that they were Duke. Duke is cool.