No. 8 Loyola stuns No. 1 Illinois 71-58 to punch its ticket to the Sweet 16. The Illini become the 1st top seed to exit this year’s NCAA Tournament.

INDIANAPOLIS — No. 8 seed Loyola is replicating its magical NCAA Tournament run from 2018, this time ousting No. 1 seed Illinois 71-58 for a trip to the Sweet 16. Loyola controlled the game Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, relying on its trademark defense, ball sharing and big plays from its star seniors. Those elements should seem familiar to anyone who watched the Ramblers serve upset after upset during their Final Four run three seasons ago. Illinois becomes the first No. 1 seed to go down in this year’s tournament. Even as Illinois threatened to make a run, Loyola held strong. The Ramble…

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