The reporter asked Hamilton why his team chose not to foul MI while down 4 points with about 10 seconds left in the game. This marks the Ramblers' first trip to the Final Four since 1963, while the Wolverines last reached the Final Four in 2013.
Loyola-Chicago started hot, making its first three 3-pointers, to take a 36-24 halftime lead over Kansas State in the NCAA South Regional final on Saturday night. The shot capped a 7-0 MI run that made it 54-44 in favor of the Wolverines. MI made one of two foul shots, creating a two-possession spread that otherwise may not have existed. Overall, the junior guard is having a solid tournament, shooting above 50% in three of four games, and he is now posting an average of 13.2 points on 52.7% shooting.
See how former MI players reacted to their team advancing to the Final Four below. The Ramblers have now registered 14 consecutive wins, and they have allowed 68 or fewer points in ten straight.
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Charles Matthews scored 17 points and MI earned its first Final Four berth since 2013 with a 58-54 victory over Florida State on Saturday night in the West Region final.
After playing in front of 19,665 mostly pro-Michigan fans in Los Angeles, the Wolverines can likely expect much of the country to be rooting against them in San Antonio. Offensively, Michigan has been led by Moritz Wagner (14.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 0.9 spg), Charles Matthews (13.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg), Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (12.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Zavier Simpson (7.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg). FSU's season is over, but they had a heck of a run in this tournament. It barely held up as the Seminoles (23-12) stormed back with an 8-1 burst, slicing the deficit to 55-52 on a 3-pointer by PJ Savoy with 1:16 remaining. About the only misstep before the first TV timeout, with MI on top by 10-4, came when Zavier Simpson comically threw up an unanswered prayer of a 3-point attempt over the elongated arm of Christ Koumadje, who is 16 inches taller. They are now averaging 74.1 points, ranking them 166th overall. "They're a really good team", he said.
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"I know that she didn't have Loyola-Chicago in the Elite Eight", Wagner said. MI will be one of them.
It was known as the "Game of Change", matching the Ramblers and their mostly black roster against an all-white Mississippi State team at the height of the civil rights movement, setting up an even more significant contest three years later. They feature several talented shooters as four of their top five scorers own a field goal percentage above 51%, and I am confident they can crack the Wolverines defense.
Loyola, looking to extend its 13-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the nation, has answered every challenge from the Wildcats.
For Loyola's Sweet 16 win over Nevada on Thursday night, Jerry Harkness, the captain of the '63 team, and three of his teammates had front-row seats across the court from the Ramblers.
"Loyola-Chicago, those people should be so proud of that team and come out strong", Beilein said.