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NCAA Regional Final Loyola vs. Kansas State: Preview and Prediction

Kansas State-Loyola Preview!

 

Date: Saturday, March 24
Game Time: 6:09 pm ET
Venue: Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Network: TBS

It doesn’t get better than this if you love underdogs and upsets. In one corner you have an 11 seed in Loyola-Chicago who hasn’t been relevant since the 1963 National Championship team led by Jerry Harkness. Then you have Kansas State who is seeded number 9 and has played in the Tournament without their best player Dean Wade. This is a matchup of two teams who play hard on both ends of the floor and are not easily discouraged.

Keys to a Loyola Win?

Loyola is one of the best defensive teams in this tournament and that alone gives them a shot. The key will be can Loyola win the rebounding battle, and most importantly, can they control Kansas State’s guards who are playing out of their minds right now. If they can, they can win this game and advance to the Final Four.

Keys to a Kansas State Win?

Kansas State’s keys are very similar, if not exactly the same as Loyola’s. The Wildcats are great on the defensive end and they usually don’t rebound the ball very well, but neither does Loyola. The perimeter defense for Kansas State will be huge. I have been saying in previous previews that Kansas State chances improve greatly if star Dean Wade can play, but here we are in the Elite Eight and still no Wade, so maybe this wasn’t as important as I originally thought.

Prediction: This will be a low scoring defensive struggle and in the end, I think the Kansas State guards will be the difference in this game, though it will be a small difference.

Kansas State 58  Loyola 55.

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