NCAA Regional Final Loyola vs. Kansas State: Preview and Prediction

Underdogs steal thunder in Sweet 16

Three Teams Advance to Elite Eight

And Terance Mann scored 18 points to help No. 9 seed Florida State upset fourth-seeded Gonzaga, 75-60, guaranteeing that the Final Four will have a completely different look from a year ago. I have been saying in previous previews that Kansas State chances improve greatly if star Dean Wade can play, but here we are in the Elite Eight and still no Wade, so maybe this wasn't as important as I originally thought.

Here's our recap of the last game's action and a preview of what's ahead for the Seminoles.

No. 3 Texas Tech vs.

Early in the first half, the Seminoles jumped out to a 10 point lead and let it be known that they were going to be sticking around for a while. We now know the television schedule for next weekend's festivities.

ROLLING AGAIN: For the second straight season, the Wolverines (31-7) got hot late in the year to win the Big Ten Tournament title and reach the NCAA regional rounds.

Loyola-Chicago has stunned just about everyone as a No. 11 seed, including a 16-point win over Kansas State Wildcats in the South Regional final to advance to their first Final Four since winning the NCAA championship in 1963. "We're staying at 4 as more people have been riding MI". MI won the only other meeting in 2013 during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Florida State was 4-for-17; MI shot 4-of-22. Then you have Kansas State who is seeded number 9 and has played in the Tournament without their best player Dean Wade.

In the East, Jalen Brunson was fantastic in leading top-seeded Villanova past Press, umm, West Virginia in Friday's Sweet 16.

Many thought heading into this matchup the Red Raiders defense would give the Wildcats a scare, as Texas Tech was coming off a big 78-65 win to knock No. 2 seed Purdue out of the tournament while forcing 17 turnovers.

The Jayhawks and Blue Devils are among the premier programs in college basketball, combining for eight national championships.

NCAA officials say only two 9s had ever advanced to the regional finals before this tournament. In coach Kelly Graves' fourth year, she has led the Ducks to back-to-back Elite Eight appearances and now hopes to take the next step. For the first game, the Michigan TeamCast will be featured on TNT and the Loyola (IL) TeamCast will air on truTV.

"She can just pick you apart".

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