Illinois State, Loyola set to meet in MVC finals


ST. LOUIS -- Illinois State won a thriller over Southern Illinois, 76-68 in overtime of the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals Saturday.

The Redbirds will meet Loyola-Chicago in Sunday's finals, after the top-seeded Ramblers beat Bradley 62-54 in the first semifinal.

It's a rematch of the regular season finale in which Loyola-Chicago won 68-61. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

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