The Loyola Chicago Ramblers are heading back to the Final Four after beating Kansas State 78-62 in the South Regional Final. Leonard called the timeout, and it's a long day from being over with all the games that I've coached. And while the Ramblers continue to shock the world on their way to the Final Four, Sister Jean - the team's awesome 98-year-old chaplain - has emerged as one of our favorite new celebrities.
Loyola made 11 of its first 14 shots, including nine straight during a 21-9 spurt to gain control early before leading by its biggest margin of the first half, 36-24, at the break.
Loyola is headed to the Final Four as an 11 seed.
LOS ANGELES - Using a 9-0 run late in the game, third-seeded MI won the West Region on Saturday night with a 58-54 decision over ninth-seeded Florida State at Staples Center in Los Angeles. "They have believed and believed and believed".
Richardson, who is from Overland Park, Kan., made a career-high six 3-pointers on seven attempts.
Following Sister Jean's boys bringing home another victory, it got us thinking about which other Illinois-based teams have had similar success in the tournament over the course of history.
"They were tougher than us from the get-go", Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. He's two wins from netting $45,000. Richardson was only the latest to take his turn in the spotlight on a team which doesn't lean on one star.
"Kansas State played more of a five-man who doesn't venture off into the unknown and to the 3-point line", Krutwig said. "For me and Ben and everybody, we're just a bunch of guys that everybody laughed at us when we thought we were going to play Division I basketball".
The Wildcats entered Saturday's matchup having limited their past three opponents to 26.4 percent from 3-point range, including holding Kentucky to 3 of 12 in Thursday's Sweet Sixteen win.
MI got off to a slow start against Florida State Saturday night, but their defense helped them secure a 58-54 win over the Seminoles. And to be honest with you, after Selection Sunday, we didn't say, hey, let's go to the Final Four. "Each one of these guys has had a big night". MI used a 9-0 run to start the 2nd half to create some separation from the Seminoles and held off a late Florida State charge after taking a 54-44 lead with just 2:26 left in regulation.
"They are a really good team", Wildcats guard Cartier Diarra said. "They were guarding right in front of us, and normally you'll hear our bench yelling everything, and they were yelling switches; they were yelling different things. So all credit to them, they are a great team and hopefully they make it all the way".