Ding-dong, Cinderella is dead. The magical ride of No. 11 Loyola is over, while the fun journey for No. 3 Michigan continues after the Wolverines’ 69-57 victory on Saturday in the Final Four in San Antonio.
It wasn’t a pretty win. But, it was effective. People will call it a “rock fight,” the trendy (and tiresome) phrase of the 2018 NCAA tourney when it comes to describing a low-scoring, hard-fought affair.
Michigan was the pick of many pundits to reach the Final Four, given how hot the Wolverines were down the stretch in winning the Big Ten tourney title. And, Michigan hasn’t disappointed.
The Wolverines started well, but tailed off in the first half. Michigan led, 12-4, with 12:40 to go in the opening 20 minutes. From that point, Loyola outscored the Wolverines, 25-10, to lead 29-22 at the half despite being out rebounded (21-18 overall and 8-2 offensive board edge) and not hitting a 3-pointer (0-for-3). Credit the Rambler defense, which limited Michigan to 29 percent shooing in the first half and forced eight turnovers.
The Wolverines found life in the second half by taking the ball to the basket and committing just three turnovers. And Michigan also found its mark from 3-point range with some timely bombs to keep Loyola at
Article source: http://btn.com/2018/03/31/dienhart-best-of-michigans-national-semifinal-win-vs-loyola/
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