NCAA men's roundup: No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago heads to Elite Eight

Mar 24, 2018, 13:38
NCAA men's roundup: No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago heads to Elite Eight

If they beat Kansas State in Saturday's South Region final, they'll become part of a Ramblers Final Four story that won't ever get old no matter what happens in the games in San Antonio.

Townes charged down the court, pumping his fist, following the shot.

After losing three of five games entering the first round, Kansas State's defense has carried it to within one win of the Final Four, holding every opponent (Creighton, UMBC, Kentucky) under 60 points.

Custer led the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game but the Ramblers were not afraid to share the basketball.

Cody Martin had just made two free throws as Nevada had closed to within one for the second time with inside of a minute to play. Jordan Caroline averages 17.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. The Ramblers have extended the streak in the NCAA Tournament by excelling in the clutch, winning its four NCAA Tournament games by a combined four points, including Thursday night's 69-68 win over Nevada.

Loyola needed to be nearly ideal to hold off Nevada.

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MI guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 24 points, seven assists and five rebounds and Moe Wagner had 21 points when the hot-shooting Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight with a lopsided 99-72 victory over Texas A&M in the West Regional at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday. Loyola assistant coach Bryan Mullins suggested staying aggressive by starting the second half with a smaller lineup, inserting 6-foot-5 Aundre Jackson for 6-9 center Cameron Krutwig, who had two fouls.

The same word applies to the way Loyola played the second half with its season on the line.

Everything didn't for Loyola in the opening minutes of the first half.

Nevada's experience in second-half comebacks paid off. Nevada knotted the score at 59 on Cody Martin's drive through the middle of the Ramblers' defense with 4:06 remaining.

Loyola: The Ramblers showed strong poise by sticking with their game plan to attack the basket, even when the Wolf Pack collected five blocks in the first half. Loyola has taken down Miami, Tennessee, and Nevada. In the final minutes of the game, Harkness could be heard saying, "We need a stop".

Sneed wasn't around at the end - he was among three Kansas State players who fouled out including Levi Stockard III (Vashon) - but Barry Brown Jr. came through with the shot of the game to seat it for the Big 12 school.

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Clayton Custer scored 15 points with four assists and three steals.

The rout was on by halftime with MI leading 52-28. At the half, Ball State was haunted by attacking errors, heading to the locker room with 15 and just a.120 hitting percentage.

Tyler Davis led the seventh-seeded Aggies with 24 points.

"We played with a chip on our shoulder throughout the whole season, just trying to prove people wrong", said Kansas State guard Kamau Stokes.

Rui Hachimura scored 16 points to lead Gonzaga.

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