Loyola, K-State an unlikely matchup

Sunday, 25 Mar, 2018

I went back through the Final Four television numbers as posted at Sports Media Watch. Kansas has been stopped in the Elite Eight each of the last two years, but not this time. Cinderella is having too much of a ball in the NCAA Tournament to go home. And incredible. Its unpredictability keeps it extraordinary every year.

The Ramblers will play the victor of Kentucky-Kansas State in the Elite 8.

Loyola busted the bracket Sister Jean filled out before the NCAA Tournament with its third straight heart-pumping, jaw-dropping, down-to-the-last-possession victory against a favored team with better athletes.

In the East, Jalen Brunson was fantastic in leading top-seeded Villanova past Press, umm, West Virginia in Friday's Sweet 16. His initial laments about being placed in a tough region wound up coming back to haunt, as United Kingdom was done in by a similar breed of cat.

"Me and Ben both know a lot of people from our high school that go to K-State", Custer said. Had he continued dribbling, he could have gotten trapped, possibly resulting in a turnover or a forcing a bad shot. Silvio De Sousa knocked down the free throws, Lagerald Vick buried a 3 and Kansas cruised into halftime ahead 40-27.

Calipari's experienced that in the NCAA Tournament before. Kansas State vs Loyola-Chicago tv channel is on TBS. He's done it with a faceless roster and a fanbase that's wanted him out for three years. While the shooting inadequacies have been well documented throughout the tournament for Kansas State, they have somehow been able to rely on their opportunistic defense to persevere against prolific offensive teams.

The Big 12 earned seven bids and has three teams (Kansas, Texas Tech and Kansas State) still alive to go with an 11-4 tournament record (.733).

"This is the team everyone would have thought. would not be in this game". Then it played UMBC and had the world rooting against it. If Barry Brown Jr., and Xavier Sneed can't get going, it could be a long day for Kansas State.

But here it is.

Loyola hits Saturday's matchup after a thrilling 69-68 win over Nevada as the Ramblers, adept to clutch shots, made another one late in the shot clock. "We buy into the system, and that's what we're doing right now". "And for us to get in here, I think it's going to spark conversation about this, and I know the committees have such a hard job". Chaos has always been a feature, not a bug, of the first weekend of the tournament.

"I love that this run is sparking the renewed conversation of what that team meant to our country and integration, and to hear the stories firsthand from them and to hear the brotherhood that they had, the black guys, the white guys, everyone together". Winning all three games by a total of four points, the Ramblers overcame a back-and-forth with Nevada powered by big men twins Caleb and Cody Martin to advance to the Elite Eight. But the Tigers reached the regional semifinals for the first time since 1997 even after losing Donte Grantham, arguably their best player. It was their first NCAA tournament game (and win) since a 1985 trip that ended against Patrick Ewing and Georgetown in the Sweet 16.

They didn't want an all-out 94-feet of hardwood with Kentucky and the fact that they had three players foul out and four more finish with four fouls each actually played into their favor as Kentucky could not get into a rhythm and only attempted 42 shots while getting to the line 37 times, making only 23.