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Now that that's out of the way, Loyola isn't very good. The Greyhounds have just one win this season, and have faced just one top 100 opponent. They do have some experience, but those experienced players aren't very good. Loyola isn't very big, ranking exactly average in height, and it has just one regular listed taller than 6-7. It could be a dunking party for Diallo, and Perry Ellis should thrive inside as well.

Loyola  has done a decent job turning teams over this season, ranking 122nd nationally, and while they haven't found it yet, last season their rebounding was knocking on the door of the top 50 nationally. They didn't lose much off last season's team, so maybe they will end up a good rebounding team after all.

On the negative side for the Greyhounds.......pretty much everything else. Loyola allows teams to shoot 39 percent from three, 53 percent on twos, and isn't a very good shooting team itself. What's more, the Greyhounds are 263rd in threes attempted (as a percentage of total field goals). They'll probably need to shoot more (and they shoot 33.3 percent as a team so they aren't completely awful) to have any chance of an upset, but barring them going 20-25 or something I don't think it will make much of a difference.

Players to watch

Jarred Jones, Sr F - Jones is taking a ton of shots for the Greyhounds, and making quite a few of them as well. He's shooting 50 percent inside, drawing over 5.5 fouls per 40 minutes, and shooting 79 percent at the line. He's also the team's best rebounder. Statistically speaking, he reminds me a lot of Alan Williams, who gave KU fits in the season opener last season.

Andre Walker, So G - Walker has an assist percentage north of 30, draws the same number of fouls as Jones, and shoots 81 percent at the line. He's definitely a pass first guy, shooting just 40 percent on twos and 29 percent on threes, but he's definitely a player to keep our eye on tonight. I assume Devonte Graham will draw the assignment and do well on him defensively.

Prediction

Loyola is bad. Kansas is good. Kansas is at home. Looks simple to me. Jayhawks win 91-70.

Happy Dialloween