Villanova cruises, Michigan rallies to advance to national championship

CNN/ Newswire | 4/2/2018, 11:08 a.m.
Records were set. There was a comeback and a blowout. And there will be no Hollywood ending for Loyola-Chicago. No. ...
No. 3 Michigan has advanced to the national championship game with a 69-57 win over the 11th-seeded Ramblers, ending their magical run at the NCAA men's Final Four in San Antonio on Saturday./ Brynn Anderson/AP

It's the 26th time a team from the Big Ten Conference has reached the national championship game -- the most by any conference.

Loyola coach: 'I couldn't be more proud and saddened'

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98-year-old nun who is Loyola's team chaplain, has gotten most of the media attention, but the story about the men's basketball team itself is worthy of attention, too.

Loyola (32-6) had aimed to make history by becoming the lowest seed to win an NCAA men's basketball championship. Instead it will have to settle with being the lowest seed to reach the Final Four, tying the Ramblers with LSU (1986), George Mason (2006) and Virginia Commonwealth (2011). No 11 seed has ever advanced past the Final Four.

"When I walked off the floor, I was asked what I said to them," Ramblers head coach Porter Moser said.

"And what I said to them was: The more you invest in something, the harder it is to give up. And they didn't want to end it. And they have so much to be proud of. They changed the perception of a program. They changed the perception of when you say Loyola-Chicago, for men's basketball, they changed that, the perception of it. ... I couldn't be more proud and saddened that this is over with these kids."

The lowest seed to win the NCAA men's basketball championship is No. 8 Villanova in 1985.

The Ramblers won the national championship in 1963, their only other appearance in the Final Four.