Michigan ends Loyola-Chicago's run, advances to national championship

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"And we just stayed the course", said MI sophomore guard Charles Matthews.

He didn't hesitate. It was No. 1.

The Loyola men's basketball team (32-6, 15-3) saw its season come to an end with a 69-57 loss to the University of MI in San Antonio March 31. The other two were Hakeem Olajuwon and Larry Bird.

MI scored 22 points off turnovers and will face the victor of Kansas-Villanova. The 14-game winning streak, longest in the nation, was finished.

Villanova (35-4) also set an NCAA record for most threes in a season. The previous best was 29 wins in the 1962-63 season.

MI shot 57 percent in the second half.

It's game day at the Final Four in San Antonio.

It honestly doesn't get much better than this.

Heading into Saturday night, the men's Final Four record for most three-pointers in a game was 13 (UNLV vs. in in 1987, the first year of the three-point shot).

He finished with 17 points for the game. "We were one (assist) and eight", Beilein said.

Krutwig was a major factor in facing up Mo Wagner and using an array of post moves and hook shots to score 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Wagner finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds, excellent numbers to be sure, but even bigger when you consider the rest of the team shot 4-for-23 in the first half and Wagner was the only source of both offense and rebounding for MI for long stretches. "When I walked off the floor, I was asked what I said to them". "We had trouble scoring int he first half. It just happened to be like that". Michigan's rebounding edge was just four at 36-32 but 11-6 on the offensive glass. It eventually exploded into a 12-0 run that lasted over four minutes and included five consecutive Loyola turnovers. "I don't think it's an accident that we're here". And that was what you give up with our size, and he was able to get down on the block. A 6-foot-9 center, Agunanne is a very good defensive rebounder and will block shots. "And I like guys like that".

Down 10 with 14 minutes to go, John Beilein scooped his jawline and paced the sidelines with his head down, overlooking his bench. And they didn't want to end it.

Villanova led 74-57, after its first free throw and a field goal, at the under-eight media timeout. Wagner took over for MI, leading the Wolverines on a 20-4 run as they took a 54-47 lead.

The Ramblers continued to attack the basket and finally saw some shots falls, taking a 25-19 lead with 2:47 left.

"We had that run with the turnovers", Moser said. "They have a lot, you know there's a lot of things to root for in Loyola so I'm really glad that their season really got to end making it all the way to the Final Four".

After shooting 29 percent from the field in the first half, MI hit 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) in the second half. The first is West Region champion and third-seeded MI against South Region champion and 11-seed Loyola-Chicago.

Loyola was led by Cameron Krutwig with 17 and Custer with 15. Second round? Aundre Jackson.