Sister Jean doesn’t lose on Sunday’s.
Just like the Syracuse Orange, you can make the same type of comment with Porter Moser’s Loyola Chicago Ramblers: They’re really doing this again aren’t they?
After their legendary run to the Final Four back in March of 2018, the Ramblers seem to be doing it all over again.
The Dan Dakich Show is truly becoming The Porter Moser Show. Coach Moser appeared on DD’s program for a third time in the past month on Monday. He talked with DD about the major upset over 1-seed Illinois and what’s going on in the bubble.
“With (Ayo) Dosunmu, we didn’t want him to go down hill,” Moser said. “We wanted him to go east-west and switched up ball screen coverages throughout the game. It all started with building a wall with the transition. If you’re playing transition defense on Illinois, you can’t be back-peddling.”
Speaking of the Ramblers defense against the Illini, it all started with Cameron Krutwig. Up and down the floor every possession, he had a ton to deal with. With Dosunmu down low and Kofi Cockburn up top, that’s not the easiest assignment.
Every Tournament run gives us a new batch of stars. As a group though for Loyola, they seem like they’re just getting started.
“I am always on Krutwig about his defense,” Moser added. “I said here’s what you have to do; You have to bottle-up an All-American. Then when you roll back, you have to go against another All-American. How about that? I thought he had one of the best defensive games of his career.”
And quite frankly, a guy like Krutwig is the perfect March hero for 2021. The guy looks like he barely belongs on a pick-up floor at the local YMCA. But man that kid can play.
Next up? A clash with arguably the hottest team in America. The Oregon State Beavers.
Wayne Tinkle’s team cruised to the Pac-12 Championship to propel themselves into The Big Dance; And they just beat Cade Cunningham and the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Hinkle Fieldhouse Sunday.
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