Ramblers Get First Look At No. 4/3 Wichita State

Jan. 28, 2014

Loyola (8-12, 3-5 MVC) at No. 4/3 Wichita State (21-0, 8-0 MVC)
Date & Time Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Location Wichita, Kan. | Koch Arena
Coverage ESPN3  | Live Audio | Live Stats 
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Storylines
- Fresh off a come-from-behind, 93-87 (OT) win over Northern Iowa, Loyola gets its first look at No. 4/5 Wichita State tonight at Koch Arena
- Loyola's 93-point effort was its highest single-game output under head coach Porter Moser and the greatest total since scoring 96 against John Carroll (Nov. 17, 2006)
- Freshman Milton Doyle led four Ramblers in double figures with 28 points (8-11 FGs, 10-11 FTs) against the Panthers
- It was Doyle's second consecutive game of 20 points or more and his seventh of the season, fourth all-time for a Loyola freshman
- Wichita State is the highest-ranked opponent that Loyola has faced since the Ramblers welcomed No. 2 Michigan State to Gentile Arena on Dec. 9, 2000
- The Shockers are a perfect 12-0 at home this season while the Ramblers are 0-8 on the road and 1-9 away from home (includes neutral site)
- Tonight is the 16th meeting between the teams with Wichita State owning an 11-4 edge in the all-time series
- The teams have not met since Dec. 28, 1989 and Loyola has not beaten the Shockers since a 101-89 win at the Chicago Stadium on Dec. 31, 1968

Loyola/Wichita State - The Series
Tonight is the 16th meeting between the two teams with Wichita State owning a 11-4 lead in the all-time series. The teams were regular opponents during the 1960s, when 13 of the 15 meetings took place. In fact, the Shockers were one of two teams (Bowling Green) to knock off the Ramblers during the 1962-63 season when Loyola won the NCAA Championship, handing them a 73-72 loss in the old Chicago Stadium. Tonight is the sixth meeting between the two teams when Wichita State has been ranked, with the lone Loyola win being a 93-92 (OT) win over No. 5 WSU on Jan. 29, 1965 also at the Chicago Stadium. However, the teams have not met in 24 years, since Wichita State earned a 75-59 win on Dec. 28, 1989. Loyola is winless in six previous trips to Wichita and has lost the last three games overall in the series dating back to a 101-89 win in the Windy City on Dec. 31, 1968

Fab Fourth For Doyle
One of the Midwest's top rookies, freshman Milton Doyle is quickly making a name for himself in the MVC. Doyle averaged 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game last week en route to earning MVC Newcomer of the Week for the fourth time this season (Nov. 11, Dec. 16, Jan. 6, Jan. 27). Wichita State's Cleanthony Early won the award five times last season but Doyle is the first freshman to earn the accolades as many as four times since Doug McDermott won it on seven occasions during the 2010-11 season

Christian's Consistency
One of Loyola's top scoring options, Christian Thomas has also been the Ramblers' most consistent performer this season. The St. Louis native has scored in double figures in 19 of LU's 20 games this season and his eight points on Jan. 11 at Illinois State ended a streak of 31 consecutive double-digit games dating back to last season. Thomas has also improved his perimeter game and, after attempting just 11 threes in his first two seasons combined (4-11, 36%), he is 10-for-23 (44%) from downtown this season. He enters today's game tied for eighth in the MVC in scoring (14.3 ppg), fourth in rebounding (6.7) and third in field goal percentage (56.7%), making him one of just three players in the MVC (Desmar Jackson - SIU; Seth Tuttle - UNI) to rank in the top 10 in all three categories

Rough On The Road
While Loyola has been solid at home this season (7-3, .700), the Ramblers have been a different team away from the cozy confines of Gentile Arena. Loyola is 0-8 in true road games this season and just 1-9 (.100) away from home. The Ramblers carry a 12-game, road losing streak into tonight's game and have not won a road game in just over a calendar year, dating back to a 67-55 win at Cleveland State on Jan. 23, 2013,

White's All-Around Game On 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 51% from the floor and 87% from the free throw line. He was outstanding in Saturday's win over UNI, scoring 10 of his 14 points in second half and overtime while also pitching in with a career-high seven rebounds and five assists. White enters play tonight as the only player in the MVC to rank in the top 10 in both field goal percentage (6th) and free throw percentage (3rd)

Ramblers Against Ranked Teams
Loyola enters tonight's game 33-111 (.229) all-time against ranked opponents, including an 8-42 (.160) mark against top-five teams. Wichita State is the highest-ranked opponent Loyola has faced since welcoming No. 2 Michigan State to Gentile Arena on Dec. 9, 2000 and the Ramblers have not defeated a top-five team since knocking off No. 4 Illinois, 63-62, on Dec. 22, 1984. (last top-3 win was 68-64 win over No. 2 Marquette on Jan. 28, 1978)

Doyle Back In Sunflower State
Tonight marks a return to the State of Kansas for Loyola freshman Milton Doyle. Doyle originally signed with the University of Kansas coming out of high school but never played a regular season game for the Jayhawks, instead transferring to Loyola in time for the start of the 2012-13 academic year. However, he was still subject to NCAA transfer rules and had to sit out the 2012-13 basketball season for the Ramblers

70 Will Suffice...
Every team seems to have a magic number that usually equates to victory and for Loyola it seems to be the 70-point plateau. This season, the Ramblers are a perfect 8-0 when scoring at least 70 points and 0-12 when failing to hit that mark.

...But 90 Is Nice
Loyola's 93 points on Saturday against UNI not only marked a season-high but was also the highest, single-game total in the Porter Moser era. In fact, it was Loyola's highest output since scoring 96 against John Carroll on Nov. 17, 2006 and its greatest against a Division I school since hanging 99 on Evansville on Nov. 21, 2005