When the height and might of the Wolverines finally found its way to outflank the Ramblers, the NCAA tournament bracket that kept Loyola Chicago snugly in its midst for three giddy weeks finally went ahead and let it go. There was a comeback and a blowout.
But after Loyola took a 41-31 lead with 14:10 to play, the momentum shifted toward MI.
The Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament is in the books and Loyola-Chicago's Cinderella run has finally come to an end.
It wasn't remotely pretty, but MI basketball has moved onto its second NCAA Championship game in five seasons.
Loyola-Chicago had to win the Missouri Valley Conference championship to secure its spot in the NCAA Tournament then made a run as an 11-seed.
MI will have its hands full when it takes on Villanova on Monday.
The crux of Villanova's attack was a historic three-point barage.
The winners of the games Saturday will meet Monday night for the title.
"Not dropping our heads, that was the main thing", Simmons said. They're a great team.
Loyola made just 1-of-10 of its shots from 3-point range in the loss.
It's game day at the Final Four in San Antonio.
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Here are three takeaways from MI basketball's 69-57 win over Loyola-Chicago. Things started rolling. Wagner, who must have decided he'd need an assist to accompany his 24 points and 15 rebounds, would ship a beaut of a pass low to Charles Matthews for a reverse layup. However, in the second half, MI fought all the way back. "The shots were falling the second half".
MI forward Moritz Wagner (13) high fives MI guard Charles Matthews (1) after a three.
The third-seeded Wolverines (33-7) will take a 14-game winning streak into their first national championship game appearance since 2013, and second under coach Jon Beilein.
MI led early by as many as eight points, but the underdog Ramblers shook off their nerves and showed that the lights were not too bright. That's now the longest active streak in Division I.
Loyola (32-6), with superfan and team chaplain Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt courtside and its fans behind the bench standing for pretty much the entire game, could not conjure another upset. The first is West Region champion and third-seeded MI against South Region champion and 11-seed Loyola-Chicago.
It wasn't the only time Brady was connected to the Final Four this week.
Loyola Chicago guard Ben Richardson (14) hugs Loyola Chicago head coach Porter Moser as he. "When I walked off the floor, I was asked what I said to them".
"The more you invest in something, the harder it is to give up". They changed the perception of a program.
When Loyola looks back on this season, they'll surely smile. "I couldn't be more proud and saddened that this is over with these kids".
The second is a battle of No. 1 seeds between East champion Villanova and Midwest champion Kansas.