Preview | YSU basketball

YSU MEN (9-12, 4-5)at LOYOLA (13-9, 4-5)
When: Today, 8 p.m.Where: Gentile Center, Chicago, Ill.Radio: WNIO-AM (1390)YSU projected starters: Forwards Jack Liles (6-8 sophomore, 6.3 points per game) and Dwight Holmes (6-6 senior, 3.2 ppg); guards Quin Humphrey (6-4 senior, 17.7 ppg), Byron Davis (6-2 junior, 8.4 ppg) and Keston Roberts (6-4 senior, 16.0 ppg)Loyola projected starters: Blake Schilb (6-7 senior, 15.7 points per game); Andy Polka (6-7 freshman, 6.3 ppg); Majak Kou (6-5 senior, 13.3 ppg); J.R. Blount (6-1 sophomore, 13.6 ppg); Brandon Woods (6-8 senior, 3.7 ppg).Coaches: Jerry Slocum (The King's, N.Y. '75) is 16-33 in his second year at YSU and 596-358 in 32 seasons overall. Jim Whitesell (Luther '82) is 45-37 in his third season with the Ramblers.Notes: The Penguins are coming off a 62-49 loss at Wright State last week. It was their third straight defeat on the road. YSU has not won on the road since beating Kent State back on Dec. 22. The Penguins defeated Loyola 76-71 earlier this season at Beeghly Center to deadlock the current series 8-8. The teams split during the regular season last year each winning at home and the Ramblers also defeated the Penguins in the first postseason playoff game in Chicago 76-71. The Ramblers who dropped a 59-47 contest to Wright State on Saturday, took nationally ranked Butler to overtime on Thursday before falling 70-65.Next: YSU will begin a three-game homestand on Wednesday night against nationally ranked Butler in a 7:05 p.m. tip-off at Beeghly. YSU will play five of its next six games at Beeghly Center.
Vindicator staff report

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