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Loyola Chicago, Illinois State Is Chicago's Hottest Ticket This Weekend

February 22, 2018 by Stephen Spiewak


If you're looking for one of the hottest sporting events in the Midwest on Saturday, look no further than the Gentile Arena on the campus of Loyola University Chicago.

Loyola is hosting traditional Missouri Valley Conference power Illinois State at 2 p.m. The sold out affair is the final regular season game for both teams before they head to St. Louis for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

In 2017, Illinois State finished 17-1 in conference play, narrowly missing a berth in the NCAA Tournament after falling to Wichita State in the tournament finals.

This year, it's Loyola that appears poised to make a run at a March Madness berth, with a 24-5 record following a 19-point road win over Southern Illinois on Wednesday.

Neither program has made the NCAA Tournament in over 20 years.

The high stakes and abundant anticipation for the game are manifesting in Vivid Seats' ticket price data. Here's a breakdown of Loyola-Illinois State ticket prices in the context of other Chicago-area sports events:

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