Butler Bulldogs vs Loyola Ramblers
Butler has arrived and is ready take off against the Ramblers today at 1 pm. The Bulldogs are heavy favorites but with the big crowd lined up and an enthusiastic student section anything is possible here at the intimate Gentile Arena. The stadium is flowing with Rambler Pride as Loyola fans look forward to a huge Saturday matinee upset over Brad Stevens and Butler University.
Butler fan and folk are really enjoying the new Rambler home, taking great delight in the Gentile Arena. As each team comes in to the Gentile Arena, almost all agree that it is a perfect fit for a Horizon League stadium – cozy, yet large enough to fill a big crowd. As we’ve noted previously, the dynamic is how thunderous it gets in here and the pressure created on visiting teams. No other stadium in the Horizon League has this type of home court advantage.
Wistfully though, Loyola hasn’t been able to make much use out of it by losing more than they’ve won here at home.
Quick Facts on the opponent, Butler:
- Butler has won 11 consecutive games in Chicago and 1o of those wins have been under current coach extraordinaire, Brad Stevens.
- Today’s game is the 81st meeting between Loyola and Butler, the last remaining charter members of the Horizon League.
- Eight of the nine last meetings have gone in favor of the Bulldogs and the overall record is 50-30 also in favor of Butler. Last year, the Ramblers almost squeaked by but fell short and lost 65-63.
- Butler leads the Horizon League in offensive rebounds, 13.2
- Free throws are not a strong shoot for the Bulldogs, ranking at the bottom of the conference.