Ramblers Try To Stay Grounded In San Antonio

Rick Gregg
March 28, 2018 - 10:00 pm

Loyola Ramblers head coach Porter Moser and guard Ben Richardson after capturing the South Regional Championship to move onto the Final Four. (Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports)

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – More than 16,000 people packed Philips Arena in Atlanta to watch Loyola upend Kansas State in the Elite Eight.  

The Ramblers ain't seen nothin' yet.

"They're anticipating 32,000 for our [Friday> practice," head coach Porter Moser told reporters shortly after the Ramblers arrived in San Antonio, where they’ll play Michigan Saturday.  "For our practice!"

The city has literally rolled out the red carpet for the Ramblers.

"We pulled our jet into the private hangar inside," recounted Moser.  "There was a parade, a band.  They had a Loyola Rambler convertible that the guys were taking pictures in. We've been getting police escorts every round, but we had the whole highway down."

While Moser's hoping his team soaks everything in, he's not concerned in the least that the Ramblers will wind up overwhelmed.

"I was asking the same questions on a different level at Gentile Arena on Selection Sunday," Moser said. "'How are they going to handle this? Look at this hype!' It's because they wanted more. They took it all in, they focused. We're going to take it all in, and we're going to be ready and get after it."

Moser is trying to keep preparation as normal as possible. The Ramblers had a private practice, a private dinner, and private film study on Wednesday night. 

They figure to repeat as much of that as possible on Thursday. And while San Antonio's Riverwalk is decked out for the Dance, the Ramblers won't be able to see much of it.

Because, as always, they also have a curfew.