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Saints Set to Take on Loyola

The Saints have taken to the air, traveling to Baltimore last night ahead of the intense winter storm baring down on the Northeast to take on Loyola. This will be the Saints last MAAC matchup against Loyola in Baltimore as the Greyhounds are set to move to the Patriot League next season.

The Saints last faced Loyola in the MAAC semifinals, falling 70-60 to the eventual MAAC Champions.

The Saints enter the game 6-17, 4-8 in the MAAC, following a 64-54 loss to Fairfield. That loss makes the Saints prospects of avoiding the opening round of the MAAC tournament incredibly daunting. Every game from this point forward is a must win.

The Saints will be without Ryan Oliver who continues to recover from a knee injury that will likely cost him the rest of the season and Brett Bisping who is battling illness. Evan Hymes, also dealing with illness, has made the trip despite missing practice this week, and is expected to play. In the Saints last game vs Fairfield Hymes was also under the weather, with the results being a 1-7 performance from the field and 5 turnovers.

O.D. Anosike continues to be a key cog for the Saints. The big man is fourth in the nation in minutes per game, 37.7, and is looking to repeat as the nation’s top rebounder. He is currently tied for the national lead at 11.6 boards per game.

Trenity Burdine continues his renaissance with the Saints. Burdine has reached double figures in scoring in all four games since his return. Burdine has looked like a different player on the court since his return, consistently displaying the skills that Saints fans only saw flashes of up to this point.

Loyola is led by Dylan Cormier and Preseason MAAC Player of the Year Erik Etherly. Cormier leads the team in scoring at 17.3 points per game to go with 4.7 boards. Etherly meanwhile has averaged 14.5 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Other players of note include Robert Olson, 12.5 points and 4.4 rebounds, and Anthony Winbush who averages a team high 6.9 rebounds.

Loyola enters the game at 16-8, 8-4 MAAC, good for second in the conference standings.

Tonight’s game tips at 9pm and can be watched nationally on ESPNU. The Saints last appeared on ESPNU February 1 when they defeated Manhattan 66-63.

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