‘Two little kids’ from Overland Park, Kan., epitomize charm and resolve of Loyola-Chicago

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March 30, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Loyola guard Ben Richardson celebrates after defeating Kansas State, 78-62, in an NCAA Tournament regional final at Philips Arena in Atlanta on March 24. Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle/TNS

2018 NCAA Tournament: Loyola-Chicago

SAN ANTONIO — In the euphoria of Loyola-Chicago winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1985, no image resonated with Ramblers coach Porter Moser more than what he witnessed in a Scot-trade Center corridor on the way to the interview room.

Walking behind Overland Park, Kan., natives Ben Richardson and Clayton Custer, Moser was struck by “the most real little-kid moment you’ve ever seen.”

It wasn’t just that the Blue Valley Northwest High School graduates wore their celebratory hats backwards and further adorned with nets that had just been snipped down.

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