By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers won their first three games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship by four points. On Saturday, they won their fourth game in the tournament by 16 points.
The Ramblers defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 78-62, at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. They were the first team to clinch a Final Four berth.
Following their win, as they were cutting down the nets, the team made a special gesture. Not only did the players get a piece of the net that they cut down, they also made sure that Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the team’s 98-year-old team chaplain, also had a piece of the net.
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This is the Ramblers’ second Final Four appearance in school history. The last time they advanced to the Final Four, they won the National Championship in 1963.
Loyola-Chicago will now face the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines next weekend in San Antonio, Texas. America’s Cinderella will hope to keep on dancing in the final weekend of the tournament.
Loyola-Chicago defeated the Duke Blue Devils in the first national semi-final 94-75 in the 1963 Final Four. The Cincinnati Bearcats defeated the Oregon State Beavers in the second national semi-final 80-46.
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The Ramblers then defeated the Bearcats 60-58 to win the National Championship.
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