Sister Jean gets the memes after leaving early in loss

Laverne Mann
April 5, 2018

Wagner led Michigan's second-half rally, and kept the Wolverines in the game during the first half when everyone else on the team was struggling to find the bottom of the net.

The winners of the games Saturday will meet Monday night for the title.

The Wolverines move on to the national championship game to take on the victor of the Kansas Jayhawks and Villanova Wildcats in the second semifinal.

While Zavier Simpson, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson struggled from the floor all game, Wagner and Charles Matthews lit Loyola up, scoring 41 of Michigan's 69 points.

Coach Porter Moser said he was proud of players Ben Richardson, Aundre Jackson and Donte Ingram for holding it together during a postgame news conference, answering questions with red eyes and long faces. Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt and her favorite team, the Missouri Valley Conference champions, making their first NCAA appearance since 1985, will return to Chicago as heroes, regardless. Tip-off between the Michigan Wolverines and Villanova Wildcats is set for 9:20 p.m. ET on TBS. Loyola Chicago would make eight of its final 14 first-half shots.

Loyola vs Michigan Live Stream Score in 2018 Final Four (0-0)

These performances were what kept MI basketball from being the first team to lose to a double-digit seed in a Final Four game ever.

Nowhere were there more die-hard fans of the Ramblers than in Loyola's Gentile Arena Saturday night.

"What I said to them was 'the more you invest in something, the harder it is to give up.' They didn't want to end it". And they have so much to be proud of.

Cameron Krutwig, Loyola's big man, scored 17 points and Clayton Custer had 13 of his 15 after halftime. They changed the perception of a program. Poole would miss a 3-point shot from the left corner, but, with 4:59 left, Wagner would direct it back downward into the basket, drawing a foul.

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