11 Loyola Chicago vs 3 Michigan


Trinity Ramm, Staff Writer

Loyola Chicago is the ‘Cinderella’ this year, being the fourth 11-seed to make the Final Four in the history of the tournament. Loyola has not been lead by a single player, but lead themselves as a collective to four wins against 6-seed Miami (FL), 3-seed Tennessee, 7-seed Nevada, and 9-seed Kansas State. Their leading scorer is junior Clayton Custer, who hit the game-winning shot against Tennessee. Most of the nation has fallen in love with this school and their officially unofficial mascot, Sister Jean, but they have a tough opponent ahead. Michigan has been a ‘Cinderella’ of sorts throughout the entire season, starting outside of the Top 25 AP poll ranks and ending it in the seven spot. They went into the tournament on a 13-game win streak and a upset win versus Purdue in the Big Ten championship. All of Michigan’s success is tied to the performance of two key players, leading scorer junior Moritz “Mo” Wagner and assist leading Zavier Simpson. In the close call against Houston, Wagner struggled from the field, scoring only 12 for the game. Simpson struggled even more, scoring 4 points, but making up for it with 4 assists. Michigan is the favorite in Saturday’s game, but that hasn’t stopped Loyola before.