Keys to the Final Four: Five things to watch in Loyola-Michigan and Kansas-Villanova


SportsPulse: From San Antonio, our college basketball experts break down Loyola Chicago’s chances of pulling off the unthinkable and getting to the national championship game.

SAN ANTONIO — By the end of Saturday, four teams will be two and a national championship matchup will be set. The One Shining Moment annual highlight reel will almost be set, and it’s sure to be loaded with all the fantastic mayhem of this year’s NCAA tournament — the first No. 16 seed (UMBC) to stun a No. 1 (Virginia), Michigan freshman Jordan Poole’s 30-foot buzzer-beater, and of course lots of Sister Jean moments.

But before then, there’s plenty to examine. Here are five story lines for the national semifinal games.

Loyola-Chicago (11) vs. Michigan (3), 6:09 p.m. ET, TBS

Kansas (1) vs. Villanova (1), approx. 8:49 p.m. ET, TBS

1. Sister Jean’s Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are not just happy to be here.

The last three times No. 11 seeds reached the Final Four (LSU in 1986, George Mason in 2006

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