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Wagner, who had a double-double after the first half, finished the game 10 of 16 from the field and three of seven from three-point range.

MI (33-7) will face No. 1 seed Villanova, who smoked No. 1 Kansas 95-79, in Monday's national championship.

MI forward Moritz Wagner (13) high fives MI guard Charles Matthews (1) after a three.

As for the impact this team had on basketball at Loyola, Moser said: "They have so much to be proud of".

MI will have its hands full when it takes on Villanova on Monday.

"I just tried to go in the game, take what the opponent is giving me, what the game is giving me, stay emotionally solid and don't get emotionally drunk, and it worked out today", Wagner said.

Jordan Poole, whose audacious closing shot in the second round against Houston kept MI in the tournament, found himself open low on the right.

The second half from the Wolverines was in stark contrast to the first-half effort. Things started rolling. Wagner, who must have decided he'd need an assist to accompany his 24 points and 15 rebounds, would ship a beaut of a pass low to Charles Matthews for a reverse layup. The Ramblers had no answer for MI star Moe Wagner. Scoring zero points on 0-of-6 shooting with four turnovers, Simpson never looked settled in the halfcourt game. And they didn't want to end it. Poole would miss a 3-point shot from the left corner, but, with 4:59 left, Wagner would direct it back downward into the basket, drawing a foul. Cameron Krutwig scored 17 points for Loyola. They changed the perception of a program. They changed the perception of when you say 'Loyola Chicago men's basketball, ' they changed that.They impacted so many lives around, starting with our campus. "I couldn't be more proud and saddened that this is over with these kids".

The Ramblers won the national championship in 1963, their only other appearance in the Final Four.

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