But Florida State let the clock run out against MI, and fell 58-54 as the final 10 seconds went off the clock without an action.
Loyola (32-5) made a stunning run through the South, beating Kansas State 78-62 in the regional final to equal the lowest-seeded team ever to reach the Final Four. The 11th-seeded Ramblers have made an wonderful run during March Madness, knocking off higher seeds Miami, Tennessee, Nevada, and Kansas State to punch their first Final Four ticket since 1963, the year they won their only NCAA national title.
The 1963 team won Loyola's only national championship. "We are so blessed with the journey". They are now averaging 74.1 points, ranking them 166th overall.
In fact, MI let its fans do the talking: The Wolverines had a distinct home-court advantage from thousands of vocal fans packed into the lower bowl of Staples Center, and they seemed to need all of those cheers to survive an off shooting night. Their togetherness, their body language, their effort they invested... The Wolverines just held the Seminoles to 54 points, and they are effective against the three which I expect to continue in this one.
"To see these guys experience that is an fantastic feeling as a coach". "The intense rush of emotions in our locker room after the game reflected this and I was impacted by it. I'm just really happy for these guys". However, Terance Mann, who led the way for the Seminoles in the Sweet 16, had just four points in this contest.More news: Mo Salah to Real Madrid transfer takes huge twist
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Wagner added 12 points as the Wolverines (32-7) earned their 13th consecutive victory by persevering through a defense-dominated second half despite shooting 4-for-22 from 3-point range. Xavier Sneed led Kansas State with 16 points and six rebounds.
- Florida State fouls with 11 seconds left. Even as MI got off to an early lead, it didn't take long to see the same depth and athleticism advantages that allowed Florida State to smother Gonzaga were going to have a similar impact in this one.
Cofer tipped in a missed shot with 24 seconds left, trimming Michigan's lead to 56-54.
"Sister Jean, your team is awesome", Michigan's effusive freshman forward told Land of 10 after the Wolverines punched their ticket to the Final Four, where they'll meet Sister Jean's Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in one NCAA Tournament semifinal. Junior guard Charles Matthews led MI with 17 points and eight rebounds.
As a result, any hopes MI had of jumping on Florida State in the same way it did Texas A&M - when it scored the first five points and recorded a blowout, wire-to-wire victory - quickly evaporated. He was nothing but professional w/me throughout this weekend as I believe I was with them.