CHICAGO (CBS) — Fans of the Loyola Ramblers are excited about the team’s trip to the Elite Eight.
The play Kansas State and if the Ramblers win Saturday, they head to the Final Four.
CBS 2’s Ryan Baker is in Atlanta for the Elite Eight game with fans who cannot wait for another win.
The team’s amazing tournament run has fans swelling with pride.
None more than the members of Loyola’s 1963 National Championship team.
Led by Captain Jerry Harkness.
“We’re the only one in the state of Illinois. Let’s be the only one to win two in the state of Illinois,” says Harkness. “If they can be in the game, they’ll hit the last winning shot. And it doesn’t matter who does it.”
Loyola will be armed with Sister Jean’s customary pre-game prayer.
The game comes one day after the 55th anniversary of Harkness and the Ramblers winning it all.
We’ll see if history stays on history’s side as they make their long awaited return to the Final Four.
Fans in Chicago are pumped up and ready to go.
“This is a community and there’s a spirit that you want when you come to college. We haven’t had it for a while,” says one fan.