Loyola will try to take another step toward the Final Four when it faces off against No. 12 seed Oregon State in the Sweet 16 on Saturday afternoon. The tipoff is set for 1:40 p.m. CT on CBS as part of a busy weekend that will set the stage for the Elite Eight next week.
The eighth-seeded Ramblers booked their trip to the Sweet 16 last weekend by taking down No. 1 seed Illinois in the second round. The highly anticipated matchup lived up to the hype, at least for Loyola fans, as Cameron Krutwig comfortably handled Fighting Illini star Kofi Cockburn on the national stage to fuel the upset.
Oregon State doesn’t boast the star power that Illinois had, but the Beavers took down fifth-seeded Tennessee and fourth-seeded Oklahoma State to reach the Sweet 16. While potential No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Cade Cunningham scored 24 points, the Cowboys shot just 28% from the field in the second-round defeat.
Don’t be surprised if that adds up to a defensive showdown between these two teams in Indianapolis. Oregon State just proved it could stifle a team featuring arguably the most talented player in college basketball. Loyola showed why it’s got the best defensive efficiency in the country, per KenPom.com, when it completely bogged down on a talented Illinois offense.
How to watch Loyola-Oregon State
Time: 1:40 p.m. CT
Live stream: March Madness Live