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2018 Schedule
32-6, 1st in MVC
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Greeny: Title game can't compete with Sister Jean (1:04)
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Sister Jean tells Loyola she's proud of team

Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt was waiting at the hallway door to give Loyola-Chicago's players a hug and consoling words after their loss to Michigan on Saturday.

Moser says the seniors changed their university (2:04)
Richardson admits loss 'stings' (1:45)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Loyola-Chicago players in tears as they head to the locker room.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Not the result they wanted at Gentile Arena as Loyola's incredible season comes to an end.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Loyola-Chicago became the fourth 11-seed to secure a spot in the Final Four with its run to San Antonio. Few picked the Ramblers to reach this stage, but six minutes into the second half of their matchup against Michigan, they had a double-digit lead. And then the dream died after a memorable ride. The Ramblers gave us a famous nun (Sister Jean), buzzer-beaters, clutch shots, surprising wins and the best storyline of the entire NCAA tournament. They put on a performance we'll never forget.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Moe Wagner has been virtually unstoppable for Michigan, as Loyola-Chicago simply doesn't have any answers for his size or ability to shoot from inside and the perimeter. He's got a double-double and deserves MVP honors for his performance in this game.

Loyola-Chicago fans fired up watching first half (0:30)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

When I watched Loyola-Chicago in Atlanta last week, I noticed how tired their opponents were in the second half. Chasing Clayton Custer, Marques Townes and Ben Richardson brings fatigue. They have so much energy. I see the same tired look with the Wolverines. Michigan needs a second wind to get back into this game.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan is now feeling the wrath of Loyola-Chicago's terrific defense. The Wolverines are struggling from the perimeter, and have nothing going on offense beyond Moe Wagner. Anybody who has watched the Ramblers play defense this season shouldn't be surprised.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Porter Moser's team hasn't done much with Moe Wagner. But he's neutralized the rest of this Michigan squad in the first half. Couldn't ask for a better defensive effort. Yeah, the NBA prospect played well. The rest were silent. Loyola-Chicago with a solid lead and the Ramblers haven't come close to their potential yet.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Looking back on taking No. 11 seed George Mason to the Final Four in 2006, Jim Larranaga said he underestimated just how much of an impact playing inside a mammoth football stadium would have on his team. Maybe that's a factor for Loyola-Chicago. The Ramblers have made just two field goals in the first 12 minutes of the Final Four against Michigan.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Loyola-Chicago center Cameron Krutwig talked this week about the challenges Michigan's much bigger inside players presented, saying they hadn't faced anyone as versatile as Moe Wagner all season. At least in the early going, Loyola-Chicago doesn't have many answers for the Wolverines' length.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The scene in Chicago as Loyola's starting lineup is introduced.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Throughout the NCAA tournament, Loyola-Chicago has been able to create space for its shooters with its speed. Clayton Custer and Ben Richardson penetrate and draw help, leaving mismatches and uncontested shots for their teammates. But Michigan has done a great job limiting the space for the Ramblers. Making them work for every shot. Hand in their faces every time.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Pre-game chants at Gentile Arena as Loyola moments away from its first Final Four appearance since 1963, when it captured the national title.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

It's game night at "The Joe." Loyola students and others filling the seats at Gentile Arena to watch the national semifinal against Michigan in about 30 minutes.

Team Stats

Points Per Game71.6241st
Rebounds Per Game32.1326th
Assists Per Game15.651st
Points Allowed62.66th

Tournament History

Final Fours1
Tournament Record9-4
Championship Seasons1963
Tournament Appearances5