The bank is open on Saturdays for Loyola-Chicago, and the Ramblers have done it again. On a game-winner from Clayton Custer with 3.6 seconds left, the Ramblers are headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1985. Not a bad follow up after Thursday’s buzzer beater over Miami.
A key replay set the play up. After Tennessee’s Grant Williams put the Vols up with a free throw late in the game, an errant passed forced a review. Loyola retained possession, and Custer provided the heroics on the ensuing play because the Ramblers were able to set up and run a set play.
The darling of the NCAA tournament is still around with their 98-year old totem of good luck, Sister Jean, praying for the team pregame and peppering in some scouting reports. Honestly, what’s not to like about the Ramblers?
Rick Barnes knows his way around March Madness. The third-year UT head man has taken four different programs to the dance, and reached the Final Four with Texas. His Vols fought hard to the end, and battled back to force the late-game heroics. But when it was on the line, the Ramblers delivered again. Is there more magic left in the tank?