Saturday's Elite 8 games — March Madness

by Steven Clarke March 25, 2018, 1:41
Saturday's Elite 8 games — March Madness

What could have gone wrong: Well, nearly everything.

And the second could go to another 9-seed.

Loyola's resilience has made the Ramblers and Sister Jean the darlings of the tournament. Silvio De Sousa knocked down the free throws, Lagerald Vick buried a 3 and Kansas cruised into halftime ahead 40-27. Richardson passed to Townes, who pushed the ball across halfcourt.

This team is on a memorable run of its own. Had he continued dribbling, he could have gotten trapped, possibly resulting in a turnover or a forcing a bad shot. Enjoy every minute of March Madness until April 2.

Kansas State 58, Loyola-Chicago 54. You have Sister Jean (and the biggest upset of the tourney is that someone hasn't tried to tear her down yet). With an overwhelming Big Blue Nation contingent on hand at Atlanta's Philips Arena, K-State battled through an uneven whistle and overcame a late Kentucky push to make its first Elite Eight since 2010. I said, "We want to get the big W up there, ' and we did". "He does such a great job with them". It will be a hard-fought contest, but I see the Wildcats making enough clutch shots down the stretch to pull away from the scrappy defense of the Red Raiders. "I don't think we'll see any more, but I'd prefer it". "He's a little bit confident, overconfident, but he said 'I am going to be, coach.'". Could the difference be Loyola center Cameron Krutwig?

What could have gone wrong: nearly any other bounce on Custer's jumper could have ended the Ramblers' season.

MI was the only member of the quartet expected to be alive at this stage of the tournament, which makes Saturday's action must-see television, as at least one Cinderella story is guaranteed to continue.

For Sister Jean and the gray-haired guys in the front row on Thursday night, they're hoping the dream doesn't come to an end against the Wildcats.

As a top seed the last two seasons, Kansas made it through the regional semifinals, only to flop a game shy of the Final Four both times. Height doesn't mean that much.

"It's been an awesome experience", Custer said. They followed that victory by taking out No. 3 seed Tennessee by a point. Matt Norlander and I spent this entire episode of the Eye On College Basketball Podcast discussing what just happened and what's to come.

Who set the key screen: Aundre Jackson, or at least that was the plan.

Moser knew six years ago that if the Ramblers were to win at a high level, he had to reinvent the culture.

It's incredible how much a great team will have people taking a quick history lesson. Or, if Townes hadn't shot faked and instead rushed a 3-pointer with Caleb Martin flying at him, he could have missed.

Guard Barry Brown, as hard-nosed a point guard as there is in the college game, found a lane on the left side with 19 seconds left as he beat Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to the cup and scored over the outstretched arm of P.J. Washington. Go where you are wanted and needed.

On Saturday in the South Regional final, the schools will play each other, an improbable No. 9 seed and a Cinderella No. 11. "And I feel like we're showing them". I didn't understand why it was such a big deal because I already thought they were really good. "I just got lost and it was costly". It was just - that's something you dream about.

In the East, Jalen Brunson was fantastic in leading top-seeded Villanova past Press, umm, West Virginia in Friday's Sweet 16. "It's just fantastic. I'm just blessed to be in that position".


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