The Cinderella story of the NCAA tournament, Loyola-Chicago, will enter Saturday night’s game against the Michigan Wolverines as slight underdogs, only because the Ramblers are in uncharted territory. This isn’t their first Final Four appearance — they made one in 1963, but it is just the fourth time in tournament history that an 11-seed has advanced this far.
Despite that, Loyola-Chicago has a legitimate shot to win this game, and it starts with these three key things.
The Ramblers already do this, but their 78-62 victory over Kansas State last Saturday just shows what a great defense can give you with this team. Loyola-Chicago held the Wildcats to just 35 percent from the floor, which let the Ramblers’ offense — which has been shooting at 50 percent this year — build off the momentum of defensive stops on the other end. The closest K-State came to pulling within striking distance to Loyola-Chicago was within 12 points in the second half — the Ramblers led by double-digits virtually the entire game.
That’s a drastic difference from the previous three games the Ramblers played in the tournament, which were decided by just two points or less. Take a look at Loyola-Chicago’s opponents’ shooting
Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2018/3/31/17174520/loyola-chicago-michigan-final-four-march-madness
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