MI will head to the Lone Star state to take on the Cinderella team of the 2018 edition of March Madness, No. 11-seed Loyola.
In a year where college basketball has been unpredictable, it is only fitting that Loyola-Chicago will be in San Antonio for next weekend's Final Four. After tonight, the Ramblers have made other basketball minds how KSU could have flopped and give Loyola their biggest tournament victory yet.
The 11-seed Loyola-Chicago Ramblers continued their magical run and advanced to the NCAA Final Four with an impressive 78-92 victory over the 9-seed Kansas State Wildcats this past Saturday. That trend would continue throughout the night as Loyola-Chicago led by 23 points midway through the second half and they did not look back.
After winning the first three games by a combined four points, the Ramblers made sure there was no doubt in this one against a Kansas State team that struggled offensively without it's leading scorer, Dean Wade (34.8 percent from the floor). Loyola showed in the regular season with their win over Florida that they were no fluke.
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Richardson, who is from Overland Park, Kan., made a career-high six 3-pointers on seven attempts. But Loyola's lead actually grew from 12 to 14 by the first media timeout, and Kansas State couldn't get enough stops over the next few minutes to turn the momentum. He's two wins from netting $45,000.
"Kansas State played more of a five-man who doesn't venture off into the unknown and to the 3-point line", Krutwig said.
Richardson scored 11 first-half points to pace the Ramblers. "Nobody thought we could do any of this". He had some playing time against his team's Sweet 16 upset win against the Kentucky Wildcats, his first action in the March Madness tournament. "We said, what do we got to do to beat Miami, and then it was the next game, and then it was the next game", Moser said. "And like we've been saying, it can be anybody's night". Plus, it has been great to see the joy that Sister Jean has when she watches the team play. 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. Porter said his team never imagined becoming the Cinderella team of the tournament when they were named to the tournament, instead they just wanted to make the most out of the opportunity given to the Ramblers. "They are really disciplined". "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".