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Moe Wagner and MI end Loyola's Cinderella run in NCAA Tournament

Moe Wagner and MI end Loyola's Cinderella run in NCAA Tournament

Moe Wagner and MI end Loyola's Cinderella run in NCAA Tournament

Graduate of University of Delaware.

Loyola Chicago is taking on the Michigan Wolverines in the Final Four Saturday for a chance to play in Monday's National Championship Game. After the stock response about how it doesn't change regardless of opponent, the MI forward offered a summation.

Clayton Custer scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for the 11th-seeded Ramblers (32-6), who were the fourth 11th-seeded team to make it to the Final Four.

Wagner is about all MI had going in the first half, even as an early lead turned into a seven point deficit at the half.

"I knew they were trying to punch us", Wagner said.

Their 17 3s so far against Kansas on way to a 67-47 lead are the most ever in a Final Four game. "It just happened to be like that", Wagner said.

"The shots were falling in the second half". Wagner's and-one - three of his 24 total points, and one of his 15 total rebounds - was the nightcap to a 17-2 run and a 53-47 lead. Loyola didn't have an answer for Matthews' game off the dribble, as he got to the rim easily throughout the game. He bought in once Cameron Krutwig came into the program after averaging 14.1 points as a junior.

It wasn't remotely pretty, but MI basketball has moved onto its second NCAA Championship game in five seasons.

All season, Wagner has been something of a harbinger for Michigan's offense.

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MI will play either Villanova or Kansas for its first NCAA title since 1989 on Monday night at the Alamodome. When he's struggling, Michigan's offense can bog down.

But the star of the night was unquestionably Moe Wagner. He drove to the basket when his outside shot wasn't there.

Early on, MI took advantage of Loyola's cold shooting, building a 12-4 lead as the Ramblers went almost eight minutes without making a field goal. Krutwig answered inside over Wagner to stop the MI run, but then the Wolverines got going offensively.

Down 10 with 14 minutes to go, John Beilein scooped his jawline and paced the sidelines with his head down, overlooking his bench. For those who have been with this team every step of the way, the memories they've made are priceless. So we had 10 steals. "Two categories we want to be on the better side of in our game goals for each game, and we failed both of those goals". "That was the big difference in the game". After struggling against Florida State in the Elite Eight, Wagner had his best game in a MI uniform. The Ramblers got good looks but had bad aim, starting the game only 2-for-10.

"There's a ton of love in this locker room, and it's very hard to end it - but there's no end", Moser said.

Who is lost: The Ramblers lost three of their top six from this season, including double-figure scorers Donte Ingram and Aundre Jackson. "He was ready from the jump". The second half, we ran a little more in terms of set plays just because we were in front of our bench so it's easy to call. "He came out and gave it his all, and allowed us to work our way into the game".

Jalen Brunson added 15 points, and Omari Spellman had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats (35-4), who are one win away from their second national championship in three years. While climbing back onto the court, the TBS crew reached out to help him up.

It was enough to put Cinderella - or whoever they are, if you're Beilein - to bed and secure a spot in the championship.

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