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Ramblers advance to the Final Four

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Sister Jean will have at least one more game in the spotlight. The team chaplain saw her Loyola-Chicago Ramblers advance to the Final Four.

The No. 11 seed Ramblers defeated No. 9 seed Kansas State Wildcats, 78-62, on Saturday night at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Ga. This was the first-ever meeting between the No. 11 and No. 9 seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament history.

Ben Richardson celebrated the win over the Nevada Wolf Pack (Getty Images)
Ben Richardson celebrated the win over the Nevada Wolf Pack (Getty Images)

The Ramblers improved to 32-5 on the season. They will face the winner of the No. 3 seeded Michigan Wolverines and the No. 9 seeded Florida State Seminoles in the Final Four from San Antonio, Texas next Saturday night.

This was Kansas State’s seventh straight loss in the Elite 8. This is the longest such streak in the NCAA Tournament history.

The Wildcats have not advanced to the Final Four since 1964.

This is the second-time that Loyola-Chicago has advanced to the Final Four in school history. The Ramblers will be making their first Final Four appearance since 1963 when they won the National Championship.

Ben Richardson led the Ramblers with 23 points. He also had six rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

Richardson was one of three Loyola-Chicago players, who scored in double-figures. Marques Townes added 13 points and Donte Ingram contributed 12 points.

The Ramblers had 14 bench points. Lucas Williamson led the bench with 8 points.

Xavier Sneed led the Wildcats with 16 points. He also had six rebounds, one assist, and one block.

Sneed was one of three Kansas State players, who scored in double-digits. Barry Brown Jr. added 14 points, while Kamau Stokes contributed 13 points.

The Wildcats had 8 bench points. Mike McGuirl led the bench with five points.

Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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