This will be the ninth meeting in the
series between the two schools. The last contest was in Redbird
Arena on Jan. 20, 1993, and resulted in an 88-64 Illinois State
victory. The Redbirds lead the series 5-3 and are 2-1 in Redbird
Arena games against the Ramblers.
Head coach Porter Moser likes the
"I think that the whole Bracket Buster
concept is an exciting idea," Moser said. "It's exciting that there
are a number of programs being matched up and that you don't know
who you are playing until a couple weeks before the game. Obviously,
we wish that our Bracket Buster situation had more tournament
implications, based on our record. We just wish we were in a
situation every year where it has tournament implications."
A member of the Horizon League, Loyola
owns a 7-13 record this season and is 3-7 in conference play. The
Ramblers share two common opponents with the Redbirds this season,
losing 79-63 at Bradley and dropping a pair of conference games to
Illinois-Chicago, 77-59 and 64-57.
"Loyola is a great draw based on
proximity," added Moser. "They get to come here and we'll get to go
to Chicago next year. To get paired up with an in-state opponent --
that will just give it some extra excitement."
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In last season's Bracket Buster game,
the Redbirds claimed a 57-53 victory at Marshall, and the Missouri
Valley Conference went on to post a 4-0 record in the first year of
The second annual Bracket Buster event
includes 46 teams from 11 conferences, paired in 23 games. The 46
teams in the field feature 13 teams from the Mid-American
Conference, 10 from the Missouri Valley Conference, eight from the
Horizon League, three from the Sun Belt Conference and two from the
Southern Conference, plus single teams from the Big West Conference,
Colonial Athletic Association, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference,
Ohio Valley Conference and West Coast Conference.
While each conference selects their
participating teams prior to the season and designates teams for
home or road games, the matchups, including the nationally televised
games, were determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences.
this game, along with the remainder of Illinois State's
regular-season games, can be purchased through the ticket office at
Redbird Arena by calling (309) 438-8000.
[Todd Kober, director of
athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]