KU is looking to break through to the Final Four after falling in previous two regional finals.
Once the final buzzer sounded, the Wildcats let out a boisterous celebration, as they clinched their second Final Four berth in three years. Since the field of play expanded to 64 team in 1985, 1 seeds were literally 135-0 and it had only been a close call on a few occasions. In the other, it's an upstart vs. another school that knows this road: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago vs.
Loyola-Chicago continued its magical tournament run with a win over Kansas State, while MI outlasted Florida State to earn its spot. They almost cut it to three points when Evans found Zach Smith in the lane, but Paschall blocked him and sparked a fast break that ended with Phil Booth's basket at the other end. One from out of nowhere. For the first game, the Michigan TeamCast will be featured on TNT and the Loyola (IL) TeamCast will air on truTV.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski speaks during a news conference at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. "You have to have high-character guys that believe to truly do that". After opening a 20-point lead early in the second half, the Jayhawks held off Clemson by four in the Sweet 16.
No. 1 Kansas vs. After starting four guards, Texas Tech (27-10) grabbed just 33 boards and shot just 18 free throws compared to 35 for Villanova to miss a chance to play for a championship in its home state. The victor between the top seeds will nearly certainly be favored in the final.
LOYOLA-CHICAGO: It's not totally accurate to say the Ramblers are from nowhere. The Wildcats won titles in 1985 and 2016.
"I'd prefer more games like that", coach John Beilein said afterward.
"I do think they're going to win today". "They work so well together". If they can, they can win this game and advance to the Final Four. This year in January, February, December, they are who they are. "That's (also) why we're in that position", Brunson said. "We knew the identity of their team was the toughness and physicality, and that proved to be true".
"I think this team, they're businesslike when they need to be", Graves said. The Wildcats haven't been seriously pushed yet in the tournament, winning every game by double-digits and paying no mind to the upsets that have busted brackets for the past two weeks. But, it's just kind of been ... about the next game.
Duke had an opportunity to win the game in regulation, but Grayson Allen's layup attempt rolled out of the basket. He can play at the next level for a lot of reasons.
"The underdog mentally, they may have it. I'm happy for them".