Nevada to Face Loyola Chicago in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge Series

Nevada to Face Loyola Chicago in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge Series

Reno, Nev. – The University of Nevada Men’s Basketball team will play at Loyola Chicago on November 27th in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge Series.

The game marks a rematch of the 2018 Sweet 16 game that was decided by one point, 69-68 in favor of the Ramblers.

"We are really excited to have the opportunity to play Loyola Chicago," Nevada head coach Eric Musselman said. "Each and every year we want to build a challenging non-conference schedule. Loyola Chicago is a very talented team that is coming off a tremendous season where they made the Final Four. Porter Moser has done a great job building the program and is one of the most respected coaches in college basketball."

Nevada's Sweet 16 matchup was tied up 59-59 with 4:06 left in the game, with Loyola Chicago's Marques Townes hitting a 3 with less than 10 seconds to push the game to +4. Caleb Martin would respond with a 3 of his own to pull within 1 but could not mount another comeback in the NCAA Tournament. The Ramblers Head Coach, Porter Moser, was very complimentary to the Pack following the game, "Got to give so much credit to Nevada, they never quit. Those guys keep coming at you, coming at you."

The Challenges Series features head-to-head competition between 10 Mountain West and 10 Missouri Valley teams, with games being selected based upon factores including the previous year's achievements, records, and RPI rankings. 

The Wolf Pack are 3-0 in the series under Musselman with wins over Illinois State (98-68), at Bradley (91-69) and Drake (79-71). Overall the Pack is 3-1 in the Challenge Series with a 76-66 loss coming in 2012 to Drake.