Faith or fate? A look at Loyola's unbelievable NCAA tourney run

CBS and Turner Execs Should Be Rooting for Loyola-Chicago to Go All the Way to the Final

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt sits with other Loyola-Chicago fans during the first half of a regional semifinal NCAA college basketball game against Nevada, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Atlanta.

The very first year that the entire tournament field seeded was 1979, which was the memorable tournament that featured Larry Bird vs Magic Johnson in the final. Now, after a plethora of upsets and bombastically shocking buzzer beaters, the battlefield has now been condensed into a much smaller yet still highly competitive series of contests that will be vital in deciding who gets to move on to the Final Four.

However, despite being ranked No. 8 among the teams in the Elite Eight, Kansas State is still here.

But Sneed's importance has been elevated throughout this NCAA Tournament in the absence of Dean Wade. Every one of the brackets has been busted with one upset after another.

"They like to get up-and-down, use their length and athleticism just to get easy run-outs and dunks and kind of make a lot of flashy plays", K-State guard Barry Brown said about Kentucky.

If Florida State wins it will be because: Florida State is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993 thanks in large part to its depth, defense and balance.

In the Sweet 16 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, Kansas State knocked off off top-seeded Purdue, 73-70. His initial laments about being placed in a tough region wound up coming back to haunt, as United Kingdom was done in by a similar breed of cat. Two of Loyola's stars are from the heart of the recruiting territory for Kansas State. What's worse, Kentucky shot 23-for-37 from the foul line. Instead, he missed the first free throw attempt. He is the only player in program history to appear in four NCAA Tournaments.

Kentucky's now 9-1 all time against Kansas State. The 1963 team beat top-ranked Cincinnati in the championship game, but the team is better remembered for the "Game of Change" against Mississippi State earlier in the tournament.

"When we got into the tournament, we didn't want to just be here", he said.

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West Virginia adjusted for a while, taking advantage of a more than three-minute Villanova scoring drought to take a 60-54 edge with just over 11 minutes left.

In the West Region, Florida State was able to finish off a hungry Gonzaga, who was looking for a second consecutive trip to the Elite Eight. Then it played UMBC and had the world rooting against it.

But here it is.

Sister Jean gives the members of the Loyola Chicago team spiritual guidance, as well as basketball advice. K-State fans filled the streets, the nightclubs were jam-packed and cars honked while K-State students gave high-fives to fellow students whom they didn't even know.

Last month, Nevada head coach Eric Musselman found himself with a light roster due to injuries and ultimately elected to add football players to his roster. Chaos has always been a feature, not a bug, of the first weekend of the tournament.

Both teams have not given up many points, nor scored that much this March.

A pattern has taken grip, yet we're still getting something unprecedented. You're in the Sweet 16 and you hit a big shot like that. The South Regional is historic. Winning all three games by a total of four points, the Ramblers overcame a back-and-forth with Nevada powered by big men twins Caleb and Cody Martin to advance to the Elite Eight.

Jalen Brunson is nearly certainly the best player on the court, and that should help the Wildcats find a way to outlast the Red Raiders and get to the Final Four.

Perhaps the most unsafe part of Custer's game-winner was that it left 3.6 seconds on the clock for Tennessee, which was more than enough time for the Volunteers to get down the floor and get off a decent look.

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