Detroit Pistons

Catching up with ... former Loyola Chicago and Bullets player Les Hunter

Catching up with ... former Loyola Chicago and Bullets player Les Hunter

His college jersey hangs, framed and under glass, in Les Hunter’s rec room, a nod to Loyola Chicago’s national basketball championship 55 years ago. Hunter, then a springy junior center, had a stellar postseason, made the all-NCAA tourney team and, two years later, earned a berth with the Baltimore Bullets as an NBA rookie in 1964.

Now, more than a half-century later, the Ramblers return to Saturday’s national semifinals against favored Michigan. And Hunter — surprise! — is as sure of their chances as he was of his own team’s bid in 1963.

“I like them against Michigan,” said Hunter. “On the other side [of the semis], either Kansas or Villanova would be tough. But, hey, they’ve...

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