Loyola Heads To Evansville For Saturday Matinee

Jan. 17, 2014

Loyola (7-10, 2-3 MVC) at Evansville (8-10, 1-4 MVC)
Date & Time Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 | 1 p.m.
Location Evansville, Ind. | Ford Center
Coverage Live Video  | Live Audio | Live Stats 
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Storylines
- Loyola hopes to string together consecutive wins for the first time in Valley play when it takes on Evansville today at the Ford Center
- The Ramblers used a 25-5, second-half run to take control in an eventual 70-60 win over Drake in Chicago on Wednesday night
- Freshman Milton Doyle led the way for Loyola, pouring in a game-high 28 points to lead four Ramblers in double figures
- It marked Doyle's fifth game this season of 20 or more points
- Despite only forcing Drake into 10 turnovers, Loyola made them count, turning them into 15 points (15-5 edge in points off turnovers)
- Tonight is the 37th meeting between the two teams with Evansville holding a 20-16 edge in the all-time series
- While Loyola is new to the Missouri Valley, a conference rivalry with Evansville is nothing new as the two teams were both members of the now-Horizon League for 15 seasons from 1979-80 thru the 1993-94 season, when Evansville left to join the MVC

Loyola/Evansville - The Series
Today is the 37th meeting between the two teams with Evansville holding a slight 20-16 lead in the all-time series. Longtime conference partners in what is now the Horizon League, Evansville had won 13 straight meetings over Loyola but the Ramblers have won each of the last two, a home-and-home series sparked by ESPN BracketBusters. The most recent meeting was a 99-86 Rambler victory in Chicago on Nov. 21, 2005 and they snapped an eight-game losing streak in Evansville with a 68-64 win on Feb. 19, 2005. All told, Loyola is 8-11 (.421) all-time in 19 meetings in the Crescent City

Reunited And It Feels So Good
As briefly noted earlier, Loyola and Evansville have a history as conference partners. Both schools were charter members of the Midwestern City Conference (starting with the 1979-80 season) and they were together for 14 seasons until the Purple Aces left for the Valley after the 1993-94 season. In fact, the first 34 meetings between the two came as conference foes with the only other two coming in calendar year 2005 (noted above)

Milton Prefers Home Cooking
Redshirt freshman Milton Doyle has made an immediate impact in his first season on the floor at Loyola. A transfer from the University of Kansas, Doyle poured in 18 points in Loyola's season-opening win over Milwaukee, the most by a Rambler freshman in his first game since Majak Kou (2003), and he has not slowed down since. Like most rookies, Doyle has had some ups-and-downs, particularly on the road, but he enters play today sixth in the MVC in scoring (15.4 ppg), tops among freshmen, and he is coming off a dazzling, 28-point performance (10-17 FGs, 4-6 3FGs) in Wednesday night's win over Drake.

Production At The Point
After starting the last seven games last season, Jeff White's continued development at the point has been a big key for Loyola this season. He opened the 2013-14 campaign with a career-high 23 points (11-11 FTs) in the win over Milwaukee and has been incredibly efficient this season, shooting 52% from the floor, 36% from three-point land and 86% from the free throw line. Although he has struggled a bit lately from the arc, missing his last six attempts over the last three games, he has been terrific from two-point range, hitting 10-of-13 (76.9%) in that span. White enters play today as one of only two players in the MVC (Desmar Jackson - Southern Illinois) to rank in the top 10 in both field goal percentage (6th) and free throw percentage (4th)

Ramblers Enjoyed Watching Nick At Night
Another bright spot in the win over Drake was the performance of Nick Osborne. Osborne busted out of a mini-slump in a big way, providing six points, six rebounds and terrific energy in 18 minutes off the bench

Eighth Is Not Enough
Loyola possesses one of the best pure shooters in the Missouri Valley in Devon Turk. Turk, who set a Loyola freshman record a season ago with 65 made three-pointers, buried 17 triples in his first four Valley games before struggling a bit (1-9 3FGs) at Illinois State. However, he rebounded with a 14 points in the win over Drake and is one of Loyola's top options on the offensive end. He had a streak of 22 consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer snapped last month against Campbell but the Houston native has still buried at least one from downtown in 45 of 48 career appearances and is 2nd in the MVC, behind UE's D.J. Balentine, in 3FGM per game

Better On The Boards
Despite not being the tallest team, Loyola has found a way to excel on the backboards. The Ramblers enjoyed a narrow, 31-29, edge on the glass in Wednesday's win over Drake and they have outrebounded each of their last four, and five of their last six, opponents. It is the first time since Jan., 2013 that LU has won the rebounding battle in four consecutive games and the Ramblers have not outboarded their opponents in five straight games since putting together a streak of seven straight at the end of calendar year 2011