Loyola vs. UNI

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Loyola (19-12) vs. No. 11 UNI (28-3)

  • Time: 4:20 p.m. Saturday
  • Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis
  • TV: Fox Sports Midwest, Comcast Chicago
  • Radio: KXEL (1540 AM)
  • Live stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=82582&a=1
  • Line: UNI -9, Over/under: 114
  • Officials: Paul Janssen, Don Daily, Randy Heimerman
  • Series: UNI has won eight of 10 all-time meetings.
  • Previous meetings: UNI won both games this season -- taking a 67-58 win Jan. 4 in Cedar Falls, followed by a 58-39 win in Chicago Feb. 18.
  • Last time out: In the tournament quarterfinals Friday, Loyola blew out Indiana State, 81-53, while UNI took care of Bradley, 71-46.
  • What to watch: Milton Doyle missed 11 games with an ankle injury -- Loyola went 4-7 without him -- but has played the last two and the Ramblers are a different team with him. The star sophomore is averaging 13.3 assists per 40 minutes in wins by 14 and 28 points.
  • Notes: Loyola's 28-point victory over Indiana State Friday was the largest margin of victory in 25 years of the MVC Tournament in St. Louis and the third-largest winning margin since the Valley tournament began in 1977. With 19 wins, the Ramblers have clinched their first winning season since 2010-11. Loyola is 2-1 all-time at the MVC Tournament, but is making an appearance in the semifinals of a conference tournament for the first first time since getting to the Horizon League semis in 2007. Reigning MVC Player of the Week Christian Thomas led the Ramblers with 16 points against Indiana State. Four other players reached double figures as Loyola made 10 of 16 from the 3-point line in that game. Thomas leads Loyola with 11.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while Doyle has 11 points and 4.3 assists in his 19 games. Doyle has come off the bench in the two games since returning from injury. ... UNI is 4-3 all-time in MVC Tournament semifinal games. The Panthers are now 4-0 all-time as a 2-seed. MVC Player of the Year Seth Tuttle leads UNI in points (15.4 per game), rebounds (6.7) and assists (3.4) and put up 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists Friday against Bradley. Deon Mitchell scored 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting against the Braves and is now a blistering 23 of 36 (63.9 percent) over his last 16 games. Nate Buss caught fire in the quarterfinals, shot 8-for-11 from the field and tallied a season-high 23 points. A win would advance the Panthers to the finals of the MVC Tournament for the first time since 2010.

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