Loyola Ramblers vs Cleveland State Vikings
The Loyola Ramblers are coming out their short hibernation and welcome in the Vikings of Cleveland State, the best team in the Horizon League. The Vikings hold an overall record of 18-4 and 8-2 in the Horizon League and relish the fact they are playing the dog of the conference, our Ramblers 5-16, 0-11 HL. Today's game looks slim to end up being the one to break the winless conference record for Loyola. Tonight also opens up a three game homestand here at the Gentile Arena which is the longest of the year Loyola. Porter Moser and his guys love playing at home in front of the rowdy crowd, so this stretch is the one to get the elusive conference win.
Ben Averkamp has been scratched from the lineup ending his 61 consecutive game started streak. The Rowdies are trickling in so expect a fun crowd.
Cleveland State Probables
5 Trey Harmon G 12ppg
3 Jeremy Montgomery G 10.6 ppg
32 D'Aundray Brown F 11.5 ppg
33 Tim Kamczyc F 9.1 pgg
44 Aaron Pogue C 6.3 pgg
Cleveland State head coach Gary Walters will be coaching his 500th game tonight and 289-210 all time...Jeremy Montgomery is coming back to his roots, Chicago, and has fared while playing here as a collegiate shooting 14-27 (51%) in six game at Loyola. Keep in mind though, he has yet to play in the revamped arena so maybe the atmosphere will throw him out of his Gentile success....The Vikings have the best scoring defense in the Horizon League limiting opponents to a meager 59 points per game. They are also top in the conference in Assists (14.9) and Steals (8.8)....Kamczyc is efficient with 59% shooting from the field....Trey Harmon can hit the long ball if given the chances and boasts a 38% average.