NCAA selection committee could have ruined Loyola Chicago’s Final Four Cinderella run


SportsPulse: From San Antonio, our college basketball experts break down Loyola Chicago’s chances of pulling off the unthinkable and getting to the national championship game.

SAN ANTONIO — Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser knows all it would’ve taken is one injury or bad loss for March’s feel-good story to have a much sadder ending.

He knows far too well how depressing the life of a mid-major can be. 

The 11th-seeded Ramblers won the Missouri Valley Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, so they would not have to sweat on Selection Sunday. Had Loyola lost in the MVC tournament final to Illinois State, however, the Ramblers would have been squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble in a one-bid league leaving a small chance of making the field of 68. 

Though Loyola dominated the Missouri Valley and had a non-conference road win against Florida, a No. 6 seed, its lack of Quadrant

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