While Negron played only two seasons before transferring to Grand Valley State, Krutwig helped take the Ramblers to the Final Four his freshman year and returns to the NCAA Tournament on Friday against Georgia Tech in Indianapolis as the undisputed leader of an underrated team hoping to repeat history.

Krutwig has developed into one of the best passing big men in college basketball while leading the team in scoring and rebounding. Krutwig and senior guard Lucas Williamson of Young are the two Loyola stars who played key roles in the Cinderella run to the Final Four in 2018. This time the Ramblers won’t be able to sneak up on anyone, and their path is more difficult thanks to some strange seeding.

That message can be summed up in two short sentences: Play hard. Play defense.

Courtesy of The Chicago Tribune