Michigan ends Cinderella’s magic run

FINAL FOUR

MICHIGAN 69, LOYOLA-CHICAGO 57

SAN ANTONIO — Staring down a 10-point deficit against an underdog that seemed nothing short of blessed during the madness of March, Mo Wagner and Michigan clamped down on Loyola-Chicago and ended one of the most memorable NCAA Tournament runs ever.

Wagner, Charles Matthews and the Wolverines erased a 10-point second-half deficit and Michigan beat the Ramblers 69-57 on Saturday night in the Final Four.

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.

Lovable Loyola-Chicago (32-6), with superfan Sister Jean courtside, could not conjure another upset. The Ramblers were the fourth 11th-seeded team to make it this far, but like the previous three, the semifinals were the end of the road.

Coach Porter Moser said he was proud of players Ben Richardson, Aundre Jackson and Donte Ingram for holding it together during a postgame news conference, answering questions with red eyes and long faces.

“It was as tough a locker room as I’ve seen,” said Moser, a former men’s coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “They believed that they belong. They believed, they wanted to advance.”

Loyola-Chicago had no answers for the 6-11 Wagner. Its offense, so smooth and

Article source: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/apr/01/michigan-ends-cinderella-s-magic-run-20/

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