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NCAA Tournament GameThread: Miami Hurricanes vs Loyola-Chicago Ramblers

The Canes look to Survive and Advance vs the MVC Champions in the NCAA tournament opener

Let’s Go Canes!
USA Today images; Mike Meredith/State of the U Illustration

Hey there, Canes fans! For the 3rd year in a row, your Miami Hurricanes are in the NCAA tournament! And we’re here for your home to discuss the action from tip-off to final buzzer.

This afternoon, the #6 seed Miami Hurricanes take on the #11 seed Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in the South Region of the NCAA tournament. Here’s the game info you need:

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Dallas Practice Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Tip-off time: 3:10pm (or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the preceding game)

TV: TruTV (National Broadcast) — and here’s the TruTV channel locator, bc I love you

Online Stream: NCAA March Madness Live, NCAA March Madness App

Radio: 560 WQAM, WVUM, TuneIn app has a channel for March Madness, which may help you as well.

Odds: Opened: Canes -1; as of 1pm: Canes -2; O/U 132.5

Leading up to the game, we’ve had a bunch of great content for you. Here’s the list:

Canes Hoops season recap (for those who are just now tuning in) by David Berry

Loyola-Chicago season recap by Jared Peterman

Game Preview by Jared Peterman

Keys to the Game by Michael Franca

Canes Offensive preview by Evan Hadrick

Canes Hoops’ road to the Final Four by Evan Hadrick

And, here are the Game Notes from Miami Athletics (all 40 pages of them, so I linked it instead of embedding it)

Also, a bit of preview narrative from Miami Athletics:

Miami is averaging 74.2 points per game and allowing 68.0 per game this season. Freshman Lonnie Walker IV leads the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game, while Dewan Huell is right behind at 11.5 per game. Walker also paced the Canes in scoring in ACC play with 13.7 points per game, while Chris Lykes averaged 11.9 points per game in conference action.

Champions of the Missouri Valley Conference, Loyola earned an NCAA berth by defeating Illinois State, 65-49, to capture the MVC Tournament title last Sunday. The Ramblers are one of the hottest teams in the country, winners of 17 of their last 18 contests, including 10 straight. Five players average in double figures, led by Clayton Custer at 13.4 points per game. Loyola averages 72.4 points per game and allows just 62.2 points per contest, which ranks fifth nationally.

Starting Lineups

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers:

  • G Marques Townes
  • G Clayton Custer (MVC Player of the Year)
  • G Ben Richardson (MVC Defensive Player of the Year)
  • G/F Donte Ingram
  • C Cameron Krutwig (MVC Freshman of the Year)

Miami Hurricanes

  • G Ja’Quan Newton
  • G Chris Lykes
  • G Anthony Lawrence II
  • G Lonnie Walker IV
  • F Dewan Huell

That’s it guys! We’ve worked all year for this moment. Now, discuss the action and enjoy the show!

Go Canes