UC Irvine is two wins aways from becoming the first repeat national champion in almost 20 years but it will first have to get past a Loyola team its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The No. 2 UC Irvine after earning the only at-large bid to the four-team NCAA Tournament will play the No. 3 seed and MIVA champions Loyola in the semifinals at 6 p.m. (PST) Thursday in Los Angeles. Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes breaks down the match and the big storylines to follow as the Anteaters and Ramblers play for a spot in the NCAA championship match.
Check out this Off the Block NCAA Tournament pregame show to find out what you need to know about the match.