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Chicago: We wanna dance with somebody

Basketball

The GIST: Between the top-ranked U of I Illini and the heartwarming Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, Chicago has all the storylines this year. Now all we need is that trophy.

March 17, 2021
Source: Mykal McEldowney/Indy Star
Source: Mykal McEldowney/Indy Star

MF I’m Ill: As one of the four No. 1 seeds in the tournament, the haters will be betting on a U of I Illini upset. But, the Illini are the real deal, and we wouldn’t be surprised if U of I celebrates its third ever men’s basketball National Championship in April. Ya heard it here first. 

  • While everyone’s talking about Dosunmu, and rightfully so, don’t underestimate the powers of 7-foot big man Kofi Cockburn and freshman point guard Andre Curbelo. This team ain’t no one-hit-wonder. 
  • The orange and blue face the No. 16 seed Drexel Dragons, who enter the tournament coming off a conference championship win, in the first round on Friday. 16th-seed...cute.

May Sister Jean be with us: ICYMI, the Ramblers, featuring national icon Sister Jean, were America’s most beloved Cinderella story (besides the Hillary Duff version) in 2018. 

  • Now 101 years old, Sister Jean hopes to attend the No. 8 seed Ramblers’ first-round game vs. the No. 9 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Midwest Region’s rubber match. Love her.

Coming into the tournament with the top-ranked defense and senior center Cameron Krutwig, who, as a freshman, led the Ramblers during their 2018 run, we have a feeling the glass slippers might be Sister Jean’s size.