Loyola Chicago routs Southern Illinois, 73-49, in Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals

Loyola Chicago got its work done early Friday. The top-seeded Ramblers easily dispatched No. 9 seed Southern Illinois, 73-49, in the first quarterfinal of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, moving the Ramblers one step closer to their first tournament title since 2018. The Ramblers’ overtime upset loss to Valparaiso in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals last season seems like eons ago now. No. 20 Loyola (22-4) is considered safely in the NCAA Tournament, unlike other seasons in which even with solid resumes they’ve needed to win the MVC Tournament for an invite in what often…

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