MI rallies past Loyola-Chicago in Final Four

MI rallies past Loyola-Chicago in Final Four

MI rallies past Loyola-Chicago in Final Four

It was enough to put Cinderella - or whoever they are, if you're Beilein - to bed and secure a spot in the championship. Junior guard Charles Matthews was the only other Wolverines player in double figures, tallying 17 points. Because the Loyola Ramblers were very bit as special as their run to the Final Four suggested they were, and MI did not stretch out toward their 69-57 victory until the game's closing minutes. "Missouri Valley Conference and so it brings, no matter what, the level of basketball in Missouri Valley Conference will rise because of what Loyola's done". They had made two shots out of 10, had seen three layups in traffic roll off the rim and had six rebounds to Michigan's gathering collection of 12.

"The more you invest in something, the harder it is to give up". "And the way they're playing, it's incredible". "Their length. They're really good defensively", Loyola head coach Porter Moser said. Krutwig bullied his way for eight of his 17 total points in the paint in the first half. The nun just wanted to be in position to greet the players as they left the court. The Wolverines will resume the underdog role they played much of the season Monday night, trying to win its second NCAA championship. They changed the perception of a program. As a basketball coach, Beilein marveled at how beautifully the Ramblers executed their game plan, jamming drives by dropping from the perimeter to create a wall at the foul line. Inside and outside, the 6-foot-11 Wagner dominated, scoring 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds - nine off the offensive glass.

"Honestly, it's a memory I'll have for the rest of my life", says Loyola sophomore Siddharth Ravula.

"We had eight turnovers in the first half".

MI buried the Ramblers with 19 second-chance points, while also winning the rebounding battle, 36-32. Ten of those came in the second half, which aided a 21-6 Wolverine run that ended with a Mathews fastbreak dunk. It's a lot more fun when the ball goes to the net.

But every time it looked as if Loyola could pull away and really put separation between it and MI, there was Wagner. When the height and might and the Wolverines' Moritz Wagner finally found its way to pluck a spree of turnovers and wreak a spree of baskets in the early evening Saturday, the NCAA tournament bracket that happily let Loyola Chicago snuggle in it for three giddy weeks finally went ahead and let it go.

MI led Loyola 12-4 but couldn't make enough shots to keep the lead, let alone pull away. If it doesn't happen, she tells them regularly, it wasn't meant to be. That's now the longest active streak in Division I. And these kids - these young men, they're not kids - they impacted so many. I'm happy nothing else got broken.

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In 100 years of basketball at Loyola, a Catholic college in the heart of Chicago with of about 16,000 students, no team has won more games than this year's Ramblers (30-5), the No. 11 seed in the South Region.

And that's the biggest thing that these fans are cheering for. "She had their back the entire time".

The Michigan Wolverines led the Loyola Ramblers 6-4 with 16:09 on the game clock when Michigan went on a 9-0 run, forcing Loyola to call a timeout at the 12:38 mark.

Wagner hit a 3 from right in front of the MI bench with 6:50 left to tie it, and moments later the Wolverines were on top 49-47 after Jordan Poole made two free throws. "We had 22 points". They're a great team.

"We made a concerted effort to take away the three". Assists-Loyola of Chicago 6 (Ingram 2), MI 8 (Simpson 3). He led all scorers with 24 points on 10 of 16 shooting and also added 15 rebounds to give MI a crucial advantage on the boards.

This time, the Wildcats arrived at the Final Four as the highest remaining seed in the tournament. "And I knew him from that final game", Wagner said.

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