A year ago, Chicago seized the national spotlight as Duke center Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young and Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky of Benet clashed in the NCAA championship game.
It mitigated the disappointment of not having a single Illinois school qualify for the 68-team field.
Fast-forward, and the unveiling Sunday of this year’s bracket again was marked by Illinois being shut out. Fortunately, players with roots in Chicago high school basketball pervade the NCAA’s signature event.
Here are the best local stories in this year’s tournament.
Guards often dominate the NCAA tournament because of the...