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Loyola-Chicago vs. Nevada

Loyola-Chicago vs. Nevada

Townes scored 18 points, including the key 3-pointer, to lead Loyola to a 69-68 win over Nevada in Thursday night's NCAA South Regional semifinal. "Mitch Weiler struggled tonight, but we kept setting balls to Mitch, and he was matched up with a really good blocker for Loyola, and actually it was [Jeff] Jendryk who played for the [U.S.] National Team this last summer, so that's a pretty physically imposing block to have in front of anybody". "It feels like a dream and we'll be trying to keep it going as long as possible". The narrow margin-wins for slight upsets in the Sweet 16 aren't the only similarities for K-State and Loyola-Chicago.

Townes charged down the court, pumping his fist, following the shot. Caleb Martin answered with a 3 for Nevada, but the seventh-seeded Wolf Pack couldn't extend their string of second-half comebacks in the tournament.

Kansas State, a No. 9 seed, will play No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago on Saturday in a regional final pairing no one could have predicted. Caleb Martin led Nevada's team in scoring with 21 points, while shooting 44.4% from the field (making 8 of 18 attempts). At the half, Loyola Chicago had a marginal 4-point lead, with the game set at 28-24.

Kansas State Wildcats guard Barry Brown (5) drives to the basket against Kentucky Wildcats forward Wenyen Gabriel (32) and forward Sacha Killeya-Jones (1) during the first half in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. He said he was fine after banging knees with Nevada's Jordan Caroline at the end of the game.

Loyola pushed the ball in the paint on nearly every possession.

MI guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 24 points, seven assists and five rebounds and Moe Wagner had 21 points when the hot-shooting Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight with a lopsided 99-72 victory over Texas A&M in the West Regional at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The strong play considered on the other side of halftime for Loyola, which astonishingly made its first 13 shots of the second half.




After the half, Loyola literally couldn't miss. The Wolfpack went on a run of their own, a 16-9 run in fact that ultimately saw the game tied on a Cody Martin drive down the center of the Ramblers defense with 4:01 remaining in the game. "We just need a stop".

Not long after Texas A&M's 99-72 loss to MI in a West regional semifinal matchup, sophomore center Robert Williams III said that he will enter the 2018 NBA Draft. In those 19 games (including Virginia), they allowed an average of 80.6 points per game while opponents shot 41.2 percent from three-point range.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led MI with 24 points.

The rout was on by halftime with MI leading 52-28.

Tyler Davis led Texas A&M with 24 points.

Prior to Loyola's Sweet 16 triumph, Donte Ingram's buzzer-beater from three knocked off the Miami Hurricanes in the first round of the tourney. Ben Richardson scored 8 points along with three assists and three rebounds. Donte Ingram and Marques Townes each average more than 11 points and shoot almost 40 percent from beyond the arc.

MI held the Aggies to 12-of-32 shooting from the floor by double-teaming A&M and getting hands in shooters' faces. They committed 10 turnovers, led by T.J. Starks with five. They won 15 MVC games and the league title with a four-game cushion.

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