MI basketball team cuts nets, celebrates Final Four bid

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Michigan State and Purdue had separated themselves from the rest, and all the others looking to just simply get into the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolverines were last in the Final Four in 2013, also under coach John Beilein.

MI was a better version of Gonzaga, but Florida State's style of play had the same impact.

And so the Wolverines, with their school-record 32nd win (against seven losses) will move on to face Loyola in San Antonio Saturday in the national semifinal game.

"Normally when you hold a team to as low a shooting percentage and shoot it as well as we did, you're probably going into halftime a little up", Hamilton said.

Hamilton, who at 69 could pass for someone much younger, is known to dance and joke with his players.

But with a Final Four appearance on the line, a team should try to do everything possible to win, right?

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The #11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will aim for another upset win when they take on the #3 Michigan Wolverines in the Final Four round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday evening from the Alamodome in San Antonio.

When Michigan headed home from Chicago following a sloppy loss at Northwestern on February 6, it would have been hard to point to anything about it that was memorable or significant. Of course, the story within the story has been 98-year-old team chaplain Sister Jean, who has captured the hearts of America with her dedication to the Ramblers and knowledge of college basketball.

I normally wouldn't believe it, but after that interview who the hell knows.

In his news conference, Villanova head coach Jay Wright described his team's mental toughness to advance to the Elite Eight.

Along the way, the Wolverines have beat some of the best teams in the country. I asked [assistant coach] Luke Yaklich about them because he was in the Missouri Valley past year at Illinois State. MI is moving on to the Final Four despite not playing their best and they deserve credit for that. Hamilton rotated 10 players, living up to his mantra that it would take a team effort to earn a victory. "They're here for a reason". Their run has been quite surprising when you consider that they had lost five of their last eight games before entering the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines stayed in front of the Seminoles in the second half, despite the Seminoles cutting the lead to three points with about a minute remaining. He got into a dance off with Jordan Poole. The Seminoles then fouled Duncan Robinson, one of Michigan's strongest free-throw shooters. "When you have guys like that who are truly your brothers, anything's possible".

They won this game in the most un-Villanova way possible.

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