Today on CSN: All four MVC Tournament quarterfinals


Today on CSN: All four MVC Tournament quarterfinals

The Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament continues Friday with quarterfinal action live on CSN.

Things kick off at 12:00 p.m. with top seed Illinois State (25-5, 17-1 MVC) taking on No. 8 seed Evansville (16-16, 6-12 MVC). Evansville beat Indiana State 83-72 in Thursday's opening round.

Following that game, No. 4 seed Southern Illinois (16-15, 9-9 MVC) will go up against No. 5 seed Loyola (18-13, 8-10 MVC) in a matchup of two Illinois schools.

The night session will start at 6:00 p.m. with the No. 2 seed Wichita State (27-4, 17-1 MVC) taking on No. 7 seed Bradley (13-19, 7-11 MVC). Bradley knocked off Drake 67-58 in Thursday's nightcap.

The finale, scheduled for 8:30 p.m., pits No. 3 seed Northern Iowa (14-15, 9-9 MVC) against No. 6 seed Missouri State (16-15, 7-11 MVC).

Loyola finishes top 10 in Coaches Poll

Loyola finishes top 10 in Coaches Poll

This year’s March Madness Cinderella team (accompanied by rising star Sister Jean) not only captured the hearts of Chicagoland and underdog supporters alike, but also Division 1 coaches, too.

Loyola University Chicago finished in the top 10 of the USA Today Coaches Poll, landing a 21 spot climb to finish in seventh place — the biggest rise the 2018 poll saw. The poll is conducted weekly with votes coming from a panel of Division 1 coaches who are all members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Loyola made the biggest climb from 21st to 7th in the Coaches Poll!

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Loyola shocked the college basketball nation as the team was only the fourth No. 11 seed in NCAA basketball history to reach the Final Four, where they were defeated March 31 by No. 3 seed University of Michigan 57-69.

Relive their memorable journey here.

Loyola's magical run ends with Final Four loss to Michigan

Loyola's magical run ends with Final Four loss to Michigan

The Loyola Ramblers captured the hearts of millions with their magical run through March Madness.

And while it seemed like this talented group, led by head coach Porter Moser - and Sister Jean, might never lose, their journey ended Saturday night in San Antonio at the hands of the third-seeded Michigan Wolverines.

The Ramblers went through a dry spell in the first half but still managed to take a 29-22 lead into halftime in a game that featured two suffocating defenses. The second half was a different story, as the Wolverines put on a clinic and continued their lockdown defense, outscoring the Ramblers by 21 in the eventual 69-57 victory.

Relive their magical run in the video above. Below you can find our Facebook Live coverage of Gentile Arena, where the Ramblers' official watch party took place during the game.