Both teams struggled from the floor, but it was Villanova's defense and not West Virginia's that got the stops needed to pull away late.
"We just don't care who plays or who scores the basket, as long as everybody's happy", FSU's Braian Angola said. The Ramblers are only the second team in tournament history to win three games by a total of four points.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, in partnership with Loyola's athletic department, revealed the look of the $25 collectible, using a collage of images to represent Ramblers team chaplain and superfan Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. The Cougars' freshman guard and her teammates closed out their season last week in the Women's National Invitational Tournament against South Dakota.
If Loyola-Chicago wins it will be because: God is on their side.
Yes, the Loyola bandwagon has gained that much momentum.
BC-BKC-NCAA-Clemson-Kansas, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 799Sanity check: Kansas holds on for 80-76 win over ClemsonAP Photo NEJR130, NEJR128, NEJR160, NEJR159Eds: Kansas 80, Clemson 76. Harkness and three of other members of that squad - Les Hunter, John Egan and Rich Rochelle - were in Atlanta for the Sweet 16 game. They have only given up 70 points once - exactly 70 against Xavier - and are giving up just 61.3 points per game in their three tournament games. Now, after a plethora of upsets and bombastically shocking buzzer beaters, the battlefield has now been condensed into a much smaller yet still highly competitive series of contests that will be vital in deciding who gets to move on to the Final Four. It was a brotherhood, it was a high character.
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The men's basketball team that she shares an arena with managed to procure a post-season run of their own.
"We talk about faith, we have trust, we have confidence, this is a gift from God", Pastor Hurley said. We've had Butler make consecutive finals, when they were in the Horizon League.
"We were taking a test that day", said Wudel, holding back laughs. Defensively, Loyola-Chicago yields 62.2 points per game against the opposing teams.
Townes sealed that date against Nevada, becoming the latest hero for Loyola.
"He was a warrior", said Loyola coach Porter Moser. Or, if Townes hadn't shot faked and instead rushed a 3-pointer with Caleb Martin flying at him, he could have missed. Trust me, they're bouncing around like little kids. I didn't understand why it was such a big deal because I already thought they were really good. Since Texas Tech is not in the same bracket as Loyola Chicago, that advice will be easy to follow for the first game of the Elite Eight on Saturday. What we have Saturday night is the first 9 vs. 11 seed in the 80-year history of the event. The Wildcats have been suffocating throughout the tournament, and did it again in the Sweet 16 against Kentucky. Defensively, Kansas State yields 66.9 points per game against the opposing teams.
But Kansas State has been no stranger to close tournament games, either. He ran into a double team from Miami's Ja'Quan Newton and Walker. Clinging to a 66-65 lead, Loyola worked the shot clock down to one second before Clayton Custer penetrated to draw the defense and kicked it out to Townes on the right wing. "This is unbelievable. Feels like a dream". While Texas A&M was able to have their way with North Carolina when it came to rebounding the basketball, they were not prepared to contend with the formidable defenders of MI as the Aggies turned the ball over 14 times with 12 of those turnovers being steals by the Wolverines.