For the first time since 2012, the “Red Line Rivalry” between Loyola and DePaul University is set to be renewed in men’s basketball.
The Ramblers and Blue Demons are scheduled to open a home-and-home series Dec. 13 at Wintrust Arena, Loyola announced in a press release. DePaul would then play at Gentile Arena Dec. 12, 2021 as part of the agreement.
“I’m really excited to get this series started up again,” Loyola head coach Porter Moser said in a statement. “Having grown up in Chicago, I know how much this rivalry means, especially to the passionate college basketball fans in this great city. Loyola and DePaul have had an historic rivalry, especially in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, so to be able to rekindle that is great for college basketball.”
DePaul, located 11 stops from Loyola on the CTA Red Line, started 12-1 last season before finishing 16-16 overall and 3-15 in Big East Conference play. Loyola and DePaul have played 56 times since their first matchup in 1976, but have played just five times since 1996. The Blue Demons have a 38-18 all-time record against the Ramblers.
The last time Loyola and DePaul played in men’s basketball was 2012 when the Ramblers defeated the Blue Demons 69-61 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Since that game, DePaul has played Loyola in other sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s volleyball and women’s basketball.
“As part of our scheduling philosophy, we annually try to play multiple local teams and we’re glad to add Loyola to our schedule,” DePaul head coach Dave Leitao said in a statement. “Chicago basketball fans enjoy games between the local programs and we’re looking forward to our game at Wintrust Arena next season and then at Loyola the following season.”