Loyola-Chicago meets Illinois in Second Round
No. 8 seed Loyola of Chicago (25-4) vs. No. 1 seed Illinois (24-6)
NCAA Tournament Second Round, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Sunday, 11:10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: A trip to the Sweet 16 is up for grabs as Loyola of Chicago is set to face off against an in-state rival in Illinois. Illinois earned a 78-49 win over Drexel in its most recent game, while Loyola of Chicago emerged with a 71-60 win against Georgia Tech in its last outing.
SQUAD LEADERSHIP: Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu has averaged 19.1 points, six rebounds and five assists while Kofi Cockburn has put up 17.6 points and 9.5 rebounds. For the Ramblers, Cameron Krutwig has averaged 14.9 points and 6.7 rebounds while Lucas Williamson has put up 8.6 points.
KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Dosunmu has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Illinois field goals over the last five games. Dosunmu has accounted for 35 field goals and 28 assists in those games.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Ramblers have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Illini. Illinois has 56 assists on 97 field goals (57.7 percent) across its past three contests while Loyola of Chicago has assists on 54 of 76 field goals (71.1 percent) during its past three games.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Loyola of Chicago has held opposing teams to 55.7 points per game this year, the lowest figure among all Division I teams.