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NCAA Tournament Preview: Loyola (MD) Greyhounds


The Basics

  • Record: 24-8 (13-5 in the MAAC)
  • Best Wins: Iona, St. Bonaventure
  • Worst Losses: Marist, Niagara, Wake Forest
  • Admirable Losses: Kentucky

Statistically Speaking (national ranking)

  • The good: 25 FT point % (8th); 39 OR % (14th)
  • The bad: 47.4 EFG % (240th); 36 3pt % (250th)
  • The interesting: 16-8-2 against the spread. Just saying. If you're a betting man, the Greyhounds could be a good pick as part of a three-team parlay due large part to their slow-it-down approach to the game. Oh, and Tom Clancy is a famous alum. That's not really a stat, nor is Clancy's face recognizable by all. Felt the need to explain the photo selection.
What to Expect

Scrappy, non-athletic basketball players. With only one senior, the Greyhounds may have arrived one year early - stealing the automatic MAAC bid from league favorite Iona. Because they're destined for a 15-seed, it's hard to make a case they can advance past the first round. However, as noted, they are decent against the spread because of their style of play. Bet on them staying within striking distance of their opponent. Erik Etherly is there all-everything, leading the team in points, rebounding, FG percentage and blocks. He's important.