Loyola is going dancing for the first time since 1985.
The Ramblers are headed to the NCAA Tournament, and as the 11th seed, they have drawn No. 6 Miami in the South Region. That matchup will begin on Thursday.
In a record-setting year, Loyola (28-5) earned their shot after beating Illinois State 65-49 in the MVC Championship last Sunday. The win also extended their win streak to 10 games. They have also won 17 of their last 18 games.
Loyola faces a Hurricanes team who went 22-9 this season and placed third in the conference. On the road to get to March Madness, the Ramblers picked up a big win in December over another team in Florida: the Gators.
How do the Ramblers and Hurricanes stack up against each other?
Here are the early odds:
1/EARLY LINES (5dimes)— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) March 11, 2018
Rhode Island pick'em vs. Okahoma
Virginia Tech -2 ov Alabama
Kansas -15.5 ov Penn
Seton Hall -1.5 ov NC St
Miami-Fl -1 ov Loyola-Chi
Tennessee -13.5 ov Wright St
Houston -3.5 ov SD St
Michigan -12 ov Montana
Duke -20 over Iona
That's a pretty favorable matchup.
Now can the Ramblers keep the momentum going into the tournament?