Wagner puts MI on his back and into title game


MI improved to 29-0 this season when Robinson scores at least six points. As a result, the Wolverines will be one of two teams playing in April. "And that's the way we're going to do them".

It is hard to imagine fans of any team recalling this tournament years from now and not nearly instantly thinking of the Ramblers.

There also will be some decisions for Moser and Loyola. Wagner and Matthews were 5-for-9 shooting, 12 points, 10 rebounds, while the other Wolverines were 1-for-9 shooting, three points and five rebounds.

Cameron Krutwig led Loyola (32-6) with 17 points. Malik Newman added 21.

More important, Wagner bought MI time until the rest of the Wolverines arrived in San Antonio for the game. Donte Ingram tossed up a floater that dropped in just before the buzzer after Custer missed at the rim.

"That was Moe at his best, definitely, " Abdur-Rahkman said.

They too felt a little disappointment regarding the Ramblers' Final Four loss. The rest of the Wolverines were 8-of-31, but their defense and rebounding were enough. Matthews' eight points and four rebounds also made up for an otherwise-abysmal 9-for-31 first-half display by MI.

With a three-point lead and less than 11 minutes remaining, Loyola committed five straight turnovers.

Both teams advanced deeper into March Madness because of last-moment shots in earlier rounds.

The Hall of Fame made the announcement Saturday before the NCAA Final Four semifinals. Custer has averaged double-figures in each of his two seasons since transferring from Iowa State, shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range and distributing effectively.

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It's been an nearly all-or-nothing thing for Villanova and Jay Wright when it comes to the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolverines are seeking to win their first NCAA Tournament championship title since 1989.

Backup point guard Jaaron Simmons made a 3, and Duncan Robinson hit another a few minutes later to cut the Wolverines' deficit to 45-42 with 10 minutes left.

But previous year, Villanova lost as a 1-seed in the opening weekend again against Wisconsin. No 11 seed has ever advanced past the Final Four.

Loyola plays in Atlanta on Thursday night against No. 7 seed Nevada, which had a huge rally Sunday night to beat No. 2 seed Cincinnati 75-73.

Loyola entered as the darling of the tournament because they play in a league, the Missouri Valley, that gets less attention than a team in the Big Ten (or Big East or Big 12) is going to receive. Loyola was knocked out of the tournament in Michigan's 69-57 victory.

CBS 2's Charlie De Mar caught up with Loyola fans who made the trip to Texas to cheer on their favorite college basketball team.

The underdog Ramblers kept their foot on the gas pedal, starting the second half where they left off.

Beilein says he isn't saying the seeding was wrong, but that "it's an inexact science to try and figure out". MI also committed eight of its 11 turnovers in the first half.