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Michigan Wolverines would be foolish to overlook Loyola Ramblers

Michigan Wolverines would be foolish to overlook Loyola Ramblers”

"It was really exciting because I have never done anything like that before", he said. They've beaten two ACC teams in Clemson and Duke, and now they'll face the toughest challenge to date in Villanova. MI finished fourth in an up-and-down Big 10 conference, but is playing its best basketball when it matters most. "They cut it down to 10 years now", former KU center Kaun said of the 2017-18 Jayhawks, who are in the hunt for the 2018 NCAA title (in the same city as 2008) - an even 10 years after the school's last championship celebration. Kansas's Devonte' Graham and Villanova's Jalen Brunson, both of whom are consensus first-team All-Americans and finalists for multiple national player of the year awards, will be the two focal points of the matchup.

This Kansas team isn't like the previous teams.

The 49-year-old Moser worked as an assistant for the late Majerus at Saint Louis for four seasons in between a stint as Illinois State head coach and taking the Loyola job in 2011. They pass the ball for a reason, seeking the open guy. With each game-winning shot, this team feels more and more like God's team. But since they always preach focusing on the "next game" regardless of the opposition, they won't deal with that until the buzzer goes off Saturday.

Of course, UConn now appears almost unstoppable after embarrassing a very good team in SC.

"The vast majority of the season we weren't a Final Four-type team".

On the other side of the bracket, Kansas and Villanova have ensured a degree of normality has been retained in a tournament packed with upsets.

Crashing the boards could be a pivotal factor that turns the game in Villanova's favor. They were thumped by Washington and Arizona State in games that revealed their many flaws.

Kansas and Villanova have few weaknesses. The guards have combined for a quarter of Louisville's assists in the tournament and have been instrumental in setting Hines-Allen, Durr and the rest of the team up for some pretty big shots and plays.

Considering this will be Nova's third straight Big 12 opponent, following a season of Big East wars, they're ready for anything. He emerged as Kansas' best interior defender and low-post threat this season, averaging 13 points and seven rebounds a game. No. 3 MI was the higher seed in all four of their games. But Vick's year has been nearly three separate seasons: the strong opening 13 games, a slide into the background during league play - and a resurgence. One more victory would tie the 35 wins accomplished by the 2016 team. "In the heat of the moment, there's something about playing with teammates like that that gives everyone else a sureness to what they're doing".

At the Final Four in San Antonio, that will change. It's a small undergraduate campus of about ten thousand students, many of them commuters from Chicago. Bagley had probably one of his "worst" games of the season that night. The Wildcats are simply too good for Kansas to have mental lapses on both ends of the court.

The Wildcats play a fellow No. 1 seed in Kansas on Saturday, with a chance to advance to the NCAA national championship.



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