March Madness: Illinois loses to Chicago Loyola

The day began with a big surprise: the elimination of the number one team in the competition: Illinois. Fighting Illinois beat by Chicago Loyola, and inevitably, the team’s mascot, Sister Jean, must be over the moon. Finally, a confirmation of the Ramblers’ season, which many considered a big problem for Illinois.

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Loyola of Chicago controlled this game well with their defense, where Illinois was shut down the entire game, and then Cameron Krutwig played a huge role on the other end of the court, scoring 19 points (9/18 double-doubles), grabbing 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Lucas Williamson added 14 points (5/8 double-doubles) and Marquise Kennedy had 14 points (4/6 double-doubles). They started the game with a 9-2 spurt from which their opponents never recovered. Kofi Cockburn (21 points, 7/12 and 9 rebounds) was too much for the Illinois team, which never adjusted.

March Madness has hit several times since Friday, and just hit even harder, as Illinois, the top team in the Midwest table, took the door! Kofi Cockburn’s 21-point teammates are under Loyola-Chicago’s rule, under the eyes of its mascot and first sponsor, 101-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, and they are allowed to reach Indianapolis after getting a Kovid shot!

Unexpected guests of the 2018 Final Four, the Ramblers win 71-58 and we will challenge Oklahoma State or Oregon State in the next round.

On the Illinois side, star Ayo Dosunmu was never able to break through the defense of Lucas Williamson and Keith Clemons and finished the game with 9 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Loyola-Chicago was dominated by 2018 standout Cameron Krutwig with 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.

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