Porter Moser Takes Pride In Loyola's Investment To Reach NCAA Tournament

The Ramblers earned an 11 seed and will face the Miami Hurricanes.

Mully & Hanley Show
March 12, 2018 - 11:08 am
Loyola guard Clayton Custer

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(670 The Score) Before the Loyola Ramblers began their spring workouts in recent years, coach Porter Moser would have the team gather to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show.

On Sunday, they watched it together and waited for their name to be called. For the first time since 1985, Loyola will participate in the NCAA Tournament. To Moser, it's the culmination of a long process that led to this point.

"It gave us that motivation," Moser said on the Mully & Hanley Show on Monday. "So, to sit there on the stage and watch it with their own name coming up, it was a great feeling for them, for the program. The pride that ws coming through that building from all the alumni, it was a fun event."

The Ramblers drew the 11 seed in the South region will face the sixth-seeded Miami Hurricanes in Dallas on Thursday. 

Loyola didn't need to sweat its place in the tournament Sunday after completing a 28-5 season by winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament one week prior in St. Louis. It awarded the Ramblers with an automatic bid.

"Every college team is dreaming of going to the NCAA Tournament," Moser said. "That's their goal. You've heard us talk about culture in the process. If you sit there and only do that, it's daydreaming. it's fantasizing. What makes it even more special is nothing great comes without hard sailing. It was hard growing. 

"These guys invested. How hard they've worked, how hard they've come together, what we've done. We've invested grassroots in everything, from the recruiting process to getting the fans involved, the students. It was something these guys invested. It wasn't a hokey deal where all of a sudden we got there. It was a lot of grind."

After the exciting moment for the Ramblers, they went right back to work. Moser and his coaching staff stayed in their offices into Monday morning as they looked ahead to the meeting with the Hurricanes, who finished their season 22-9.

Loyola is considered a potential sleeper in this tournament field and a team that can surprise. First though, it must get past a tough challenge in the Hurricanes.

"I can tell you this," Moser said. "Miami is ultra athletic. They're uber athletic. I mean, they're very athletic, and they space you. They run a lot of ball screens. but Florida was also athletic. So, it's something we're excited to get after."