Russell Westbrook tells Loyola-Chicago players to ‘win it’

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SAN ANTONIO — Loyola-Chicago’s wild run to the Final Four took another turn at their team hotel as players met Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who encouraged them to “win it” ahead of Saturday’s national semifinal matchup against Michigan.

Loyola-Chicago is staying at the same hotel as the Thunder, who are scheduled to face the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

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