Loyola of Chicago will join Missouri Valley Conference in 2013

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Loyola-Chicago will replace Creighton in the MVC next season.

Loyola University Chicago will leave the Horizon League for the Missouri Valley Conference and will compete as a full participant in all sports starting in 2013-14.

For more on the Missouri Valley Conference, head over to Mid-Major Madness.

Loyola University replaces Creighton, which will leave the MVC for the revamped Big East Conference, effective July 1. The Ramblers were a charter member of the Horizon League, which has lost a number of high-profile basketball schools over the years. Butler was the most recent to leave, defecting for the Atlantic 10 prior to the 2012-13 season. Marquette, Xavier, St. Louis, La Salle and Notre Dame were also members of previous incarnations of the league.

The Ramblers finished the 2012-13 basketball campaign with a 15-16 record under second-year head coach Porter Moser. They have not reached the NCAA Tournament since 1986, when they advanced to the Sweet 16 to cap off a 27-win season.

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