None of Loyola's current players were alive the last time the Ramblers upset a top-5 team. That was in 1984, when Loyola (IL) beat No. 4 Illinois 63-62 in a season in which the Ramblers advanced to the Sweet 16, where they fell to No. 1 seed and national runner-up Georgetown.
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Now flash forward to Wednesday night, when the 2017-18 iteration of the Ramblers traveled to Gainesville, Fla., where they rode a hot shooting night and locked the Gators down defensively en route to a 65-59 win over No. 5 Florida.
GATORS GET CHOMPED again!— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) December 7, 2017
Loyola-Chicago with the resume booster UPSETS No. 5 Florida 65-59 serving up the Gators 3rd straight loss! pic.twitter.com/PtaQEQR4q7
Loyola shot 52 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and just shy of 78 percent from the free throw line. Aundre Jackson scored a game-high 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting, while Cameron Krutwig scored 14 points and Donte Ingram chipped in 11.
As for Florida? Well, the Gators' shooting splits were 36.9/10.5/64.3 percent as they were held to their lowest point total of the season. None of their players scored in double figures.
It was Florida's third consecutive loss and its second in a row to an unranked opponent. Before this season, the Gators were 18-1 in program history at home when ranked as a top-5 team while playing an unranked opponent, according to ESPN Stats & Info. They're now 0-2 since Monday.
Don't look now but Loyola is now 9-1 with just two games left before the start of conference play.