Ramblers Stay Hot, Two No. 1 Seeds Remain As Final Four Stage Set
The NCAA tournament Final Four is now set.
Loyola-Chicago won again on Saturday, and for once, it wasn’t a nail-biter. After a series of buzzer-beaters and narrow victories, the eleventh-seeded Ramblers won with relative ease yesterday, defeating No.9 Kansas State 78-62.
Ben Richardson’s 23-points paced Loyola-Chicago, who joined VCU in 2011, George Mason in 2006, and LSU in 1986 as the lowest seeds in Final Four history.
Michigan joined the Ramblers in the Final Four, with the Wolverines hanging on to beat Florida State 58-54. Charles Matthews led Michigan with 17.
Michigan and Loyola-Chicago now have a bit of a break, before facing off next Saturday in San Antonio. If the Ramblers win, they will become the lowest-seeded team to ever make the NCAA championship game.
On Sunday, Kansas and Villanova secured their places in the Final Four. Top-seeded Villanova rolled to a 71-59 win over No. 3 Texas Tech. The Wildcats, who returned to the Final Four for the first time in 2 years, were led by 15 points from Big East POY Jalen Brunson, a member of those eventual champions.
In the later game, Kansas eliminated Duke in overtime, 85-81. Malik Newman was huge, with 32 points, including all 13 of the Jayhawks’ points in OT, as the star-studded Blue Devils failed to reach their first Final Four since the eventual 2015 champions.
Kansas and Villanova will now square off on Saturday, following Michigan vs. Loyola-Chicago. If those games are anything like the previous ones, we should be in for a treat. Mark it down on your calendars, and tell your family you’re busy. You won’t wanna miss this.