Report: SLCC To Host Basketball Game Between San Francisco/Loyola Chicago
SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake Community College is set to host a men’s college basketball game between the San Francisco Dons and Loyola Chicago Ramblers, according to CBS Sports.
Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com reported the non-conference game on Monday, January 3.
The Dons and Ramblers will reportedly play at Salt Lake Community College on Thursday, January 6 at 12 p.m. (MDT).
SLCC currently hosts the NBA G League’s Salt Lake City Stars, as well as its own basketball programs.
The two mid-major programs agreed to play after COVID-19 caused postponements on both teams’ schedules.
“When adversity hits in your life or business or career, you have to find a way to pivot and make things work,” Loyola head coach Drew Valentine told CBS Sports. “We preach that to our team every single day. This is another example of what we preach and showing them that adversity is nothing other than a roadblock, but there’s always another way. San Francisco is one of the best teams in the country and Todd Golden is another young and passionate coach. We saw that they had a cancellation just like we did, so we reached out to make it happen and he was happy to try to work something out.”
Breaking—San Francisco and Loyola Chicago will play each other Thursday in Salt Lake City, both coaches told @CBSSports. After conf. games axed earlier in the day, the two swiftly scheduled into arguably the best mid-major noncon tilt of the season. Story: https://t.co/9GZoXDB3PV
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 4, 2022
“This is simply an awesome opportunity to compete and it is far too good to pass up,” USF head coach Todd Golden told CBS Sports. “I have great respect for Drew and his program. He’s continued to raise the bar, as his team currently sits in the top 20 of the NET. When we began working together to figure out a way to play this game, we both agreed we would do everything we could to make it work. He kept his word, and we will head to Salt Lake City on Wednesday.”
USF was scheduled to open West Coast Conference play against No. 4 Gonzaga on January 6.
Due to COVID-19 protocols within the Gonzaga program, Thursday's @WCChoops contest between USF and GU will not be played as scheduled.
— USF Men's Basketball (@USFDonsMBB) January 3, 2022
Loyola’s game against Illinois State was slated to be played on January 5 before it was postponed.
Well, Loyola's game against Illinois State has been postponed due to health and safety concerns within the Redbirds program. The game will be rescheduled, if possible:
— Loyola Men's Basketball (@RamblersMBB) January 3, 2022
The Dons currently own a 13-1 record.
The Ramblers are currently 9-2 overall and 1-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.