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Preview: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago vs. No. 3 Michigan

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Saturday night, the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers continue their magical run in the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The No. 11 seed Cinderella team will face the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas at 6:09 pm EST on Saturday night.

Loyola-Chicago comes into this game with a 32-5 record. Michigan has a 32-7 record.

Clayton Custer is seen here cutting down the net after No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago advanced to their second Final Four in program history (Getty Images)
Clayton Custer is seen here cutting down the net after No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago advanced to their second Final Four in program history (Getty Images)

The Ramblers, who are 13-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, are in their second Final Four in program history. They won the 1963 National Championship when they defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Sister Jean, the team’s 98-year-old chaplain, will have at least one more game in the spotlight. She has been able to see both of the school’s Final Four appearances.

The Wolverines, who are 47-22 in the tournament all-time, are appearing in their first Final Four since 2013. That season, they were defeated 82-76 by the Louisville Cardinals in the National Championship game.

Loyola-Chicago has a 60% chance to win this game in their public poll. The Ramblers, according to their expert poll, has a 65% chance to win this game.

Giving this 60% chance many will be putting money down on Loyola-Chicago for this game; however, before you do so, some of the most trusted sportsbook reviews are listed here, based on their wide range of odds and overall star ratings.

This is the first meeting all-time between these two schools.

Loyola-Chicago has won 14 straight games. They have not lost since a Jan. 31st regular season game to the Bradley Braves, 69-67.

Like Loyola-Chicago, Michigan also has a long win streak, as they have won 13 straight games. They have not lost since the regular season when they were defeated 61-52 by the Northwestern Wildcats on Feb. 6th.

Loyola-Chicago is averaging 72.0 points per game. They are allowing their opponents 63.5 points per game.

Michigan is averaging slightly more points than Loyola-Chicago, as they are averaging 74.1 points per game. The Wolverines are allowing their opponents 59 points per contest.

The Ramblers won their four NCAA Tournament games by 20 points. Their first three games were won by four points, joining only the St. Joseph Hawks in 1981 to do this, before defeating the Kansas State Wildcats by 16 points in their last game last Saturday night.

The Wolverines have won their four games in the tournament by 46 points. They blew out the Texas A&M Aggies by 27 points (99-72), but barely squeaked by the Houston Cougars (64-63) and the Florida State Seminoles (58-54).

Loyola-Chicago is led by Clayton Custer, who is averaging 13.2 points per game. Donte Ingram is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game, while Custer is dishing out 4.2 assists per game.

Moritz Wagner leads the Wolverines with a double-double, as he is averaging 14.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Zavier Simpson is also averaging 3.7 assists per game.

Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
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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