SAN ANTONIO -- The Loyola Ramblers are another day closer to tip off in San Antonio.
Loyola, which has become the little "Catholic Engine That Could," is going up against the collegiate blue blood that is Michigan University. But from beginning to end, the fans on Loyola's campus are embracing the David versus Goliath storyline.
In a matter of several weeks, the Loyola campus on the city's North Side has transformed itself from a basketball team off the radar to one that is center stage in March Madness.
As crazy as it sounds, the Ramblers of Porter Moser and Sister Jean are only steps away from eternal glory.
While the team tries to maintain its focus, the imagination of students and alums is running wild from Chicago to San Antonio and back.
Darby Jones, a student at Loyola, is one of many students heading to Texas. Jones is traveling with three friends. They're driving Thursday and arriving on Good Friday and hoping like the rest of Loyola Nation for an even better Saturday.
"This team truly is what college basketball is all about. It's students first," John Houlihan said.
Olivia Houlihan, a senior at Loyola, said couldn't have asked for a better senior year except maybe one more.
She said if they win the whole thing, she just might fail senior year so she never has to leave.