03 April, 2018
The Wolverines trailed by 10 in the second half but used a 17-2 run to slingshot into the lead and never look back.
The winners of the games Saturday will meet Monday night for the title. Still, this team will be remembered as one of only four No. 11 seeds to advance to the national semifinal, joining LSU (1986), George Mason (2006) and VCU (2011) in the updated answer to the trivia question "Who are the lowest-seeded teams to make the Final Four?"
MI forward Moritz Wagner (13) high fives MI guard Charles Matthews (1) after a three.
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Loyola-Chicago started the game by missing nine of its first 11 shots.
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They matched the 29 wins of their 1963 national championship team when Donte Ingram's last-moment 3-pointer beat Miami in the NCAA opener Thursday. But Michigan persisted, firming up their defense, and began to chip away at the Ramblers' lead.
Loyola made just 1-of-10 of its shots from 3-point range in the loss. Jaaron Simmons hit his first triple since February.
That 1963 title was the only previous Final Four appearance for the Ramblers, who this season were the No. 11 seed in the South Region.
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Wagner's off-the-dribble 3 tied it at 47 with 6:53 left.
From there, MI was able to build a double-digit lead and made their free throws down the stretch to hang on for the victory. "Their length. They're really good defensively", Loyola head coach Porter Moser said.
Wagner ended U-M's scoring drought with a putback after yet another missed triple, this one again from Poole.
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Simpson turned it over two more times before the first TV timeout, and the Wolverines still trailed by seven.
MI was up 12-4 at the 12:38 mark.
Wagner and redshirt sophomore Charles Matthews were the lone Wolverines to impress in the first 20 minutes. "And to get to this stage, I'm a better person and a better coach for coaching this group". Freshman Jordan Poole had a triple go in and out, and it was 12-10 after Loyola's Marques Townes hit a runner at 9:19. Most all of Michigan's offense came on offensive put-backs.
Omari Spellman #14 of the Villanova Wildcats shoots against Udoka Azubuike #35 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at the Alamodome on March 31, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.
Overall at one point, MI had a 30-9 run in the second half.
MI guard Duncan Robinson (22) grabs a rebound before Loyola Chicago center Cameron Krutwig (25). The rest of the team combined to go 1 of 15.