The state of Illinois has produced only one college basketball national championship, and it wasnâ€™t accomplished by the Illinois Fighting Illini; although they were just a couple 3-pt FGs away in â€™05. Depaul made the Final 4 in â€™80s glory years under Ray Meyer, but no further. SIU has won a lot of games in March lately, but they havenâ€™t cut down the nets either.
I doubt any of you guessed UIC or Northwestern. Itâ€™s actually Loyola, in 1963. The Ramblers also went to the sweet sixteen in 1985, but like all the other college basketball teams in the city of Chicago; theyâ€™ve done very little in recent years.
However they gave traditional Big Ten power Illinois all they could handle for about 30/40 minutes, before falling by 18, 67-49 in the season opener for both teams.
The Illini lead the all-time series with Loyola 12-3, most recently meeting in 2001. Illinois wasnâ€™t just christening the 2011-12 season; they were breaking in a new basketball court. The new design is kind of neo-futuri...