Initial look at the NCAA Tournament championship match

And then there two teams left in the race for the national championship.

Here’s the initial look and the historical stats to know about Loyola versus Stanford in the 2014 NCAA Tournament championship match.


No. 1 seed Loyola (28-1, 14-0 MIVA) vs. No. 3 seed Stanford (24-8, 17-7 MPSF)
Match vitals:
6 p.m. Saturday in Chicago
Season series: First meeting this season
Last NCAA finals appearance: Loyola (never); Stanford (2010)
Last NCAA championship: Loyola (never); Stanford (2010)
How they got here: Loyola defeated Penn State in five games in the the semifinals for its NCAA Tournament victory in program history. Stanford rallied from a one-game deficit to beat BYU in its NCAA Tournament semifinal match on Thursday.
Historical stats to know: Loyola is attempting to become the first host school to win a national championship on its home court since Stanford accomplished that feat in 2010. This is the third time in the last five years that a non-West Coast school has reached the NCAA finals — the most during a five-year span in NCAA Tournament history. Stanford is 3-0 all-time against Loyola, including sweeping the Ramblers in their recent meeting in 2012. This is also the third time Stanford has reached the championship match at a NCAA Tournament played in the Midwest with it losing to Pepperdine in 1992 at Ball State and winning the 1997 national title at Ohio State. Stanford is an 11-match winning against the MIVA dating back to 2008. All-American outside attacker Brian Cook has led Stanford in kills in four of the last five matches the team has played against the MIVA during the last three years and has a team-high 58 combined kills in those matches. In addition, the Cardinal in the last two years is 5-9 in the match following a five-game match