With the exciting, last second swoosh by Loyola guard — and Chicago native — Donte Ingram, the Ramblers advanced to Saturday’s second round of the NCAA tournament.
Cheers rang out at pubs and bars across Chicagoland — and in the retirement wing of the Viatorian Province Center, where nearly all of the residents earned their undergraduate degrees from Loyola.
“It was high-fives all around,” says Br. Don Houde, CSV, who ironically went to DePaul University.
Fr. John Van Wiel, CSV, summed it up this way: “For all the Viatorians who went to Loyola, and there were a lot of us, we’re cheering for the Ramblers.”
Some were even lucky enough to be there during 1963, when the Ramblers went to the final four — and won the NCAA championship, beating the Bearcats from Cincinnati.
“Rah! Rah! Cheer for Alma Mater Laud her sons so true. Onward to victory, Loyola U.”