Men's Basketball

Loyola Hosts Drake Wednesday In Final Home Game Of Regular Season
Feb. 21, 2017

Loyola (17-12, 7-9 MVC) vs. Drake (7-21, 5-11 MVC)
Date & Time Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 7:00 p.m CT
Location Chicago , Ill. | Gentile Arena
Coverage CSN Chicago Plus/The Valley on ESPN3  | Live Stats  | Audio (WLUW FM) 
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Storylines
-Loyola looks to build some momentum and improve its seeding position for Arch Madness when it hosts Drake Wednesday night in the final regular-season home game of 2016-17. The Ramblers are 12-3 at Gentile Arena this season.
- The Ramblers have suffered some excruciating defeats this season, especially on the road on Missouri Valley Conference play where their last four losses have come by a grand total of eight points.
- With 17 wins, Loyola has surpassed its win total from last year (15) and is trying for just the program’s third 20-win season since 1985 and the second in the last three years.
- The Ramblers are seeking their first .500 or better season in conference play since going 10-6 and finishing third in the Horizon League race in 2006-07.
- One of the top players in the Valley, senior guard Milton Doyle is in the mix for player of the year consideration. The Chicago has scored in double figures in 30 straight games, the longest streak by a Rambler since Blake Schilb (32 games), December 8, 2004 through December 17, 2005. Doyle and Glorind Lisha will be playing the final home game of their respective careers Wednesday night versus Drake.
- When the NCAA released the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in November, Loyola was tied with Harvard University for first among all Division I schools with a 99 percent GSR. A year ago, Loyola ranked tied for third in the country.

Loyola - Drake - The Series
This is the 27th meeting between the teams and Loyola holds a slight 14-12 edge in the all-times series. The Ramblers have won five of the last eight meetings and each of those eight contests has been decided by 10 points or less. Loyola is 9-4 all-time against Drake when playing on its home floor and has won five straight in Chicago since the Bulldogs’ last win here on December 2, 1995 (70-62). The Ramblers have prevailed in six of the last seven matchups in the Windy City, including last year’s 68-63 victory as Montel James (17) and Milton Doyle (13) combined for 30 points off the bench. Since joining the Missouri Valley Conference, Loyola is 4-3 against Drake. When the teams met on December 29 in the Valley opener for both clubs, Drake held off a late Loyola rally to win a 102-9 shootout in Des Moines. Donte Ingram recorded a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Ben Richardson pitched in a career-best 22 points for the Ramblers, who shot 51 percent from the field and hit 14 three-pointers.

Scouting Drake
After getting off to a 5-4 start to Valley play, Drake has fallen on hard times, dropping its last seven contests. The Bulldogs are just 1-13 away from the Knapp Center this season, with the lone victory being a 72-71 overtime decision at Missouri State last month. Drake is the top free-throw shooting team in the Valley at 75.8 percent (376-for-496), but ranks last in the circuit in scoring defense (77.2). Guard Reed Timmer leads Drake with 15.7 ppg, a figure that ranks third in the MVC, just ahead of Milton Doyle.

Up Next
The Ramblers close out the 2016-17 regular season Saturday night (Feb. 25) when they travel to Southern Illinois.

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