No drama this time: Loyola romps to advance to Final Four

No drama this time: Loyola romps to advance to Final Four

Loyola is partying like it's 1963.

After three straight victories that went right down to the wire, the Ramblers blew out Kansas State to advance to the program's second Final Four appearance. Loyola won 78-62.

The last time Loyola made it to the Final Four was in 1963, when the Ramblers won the national title.

Kansas State led 3-2 and 5-4, but after that it was all Loyola. The Ramblers sprinted out to a 15-5 lead and maintained a double-digit lead for all of the second half, leading by as many as 23 points.

"These guys got a ton of fight," Loyola coach Porter Moser said on the floor after the game with a celebratory Loyola Final Four hat on.

Ben Richardson starred for Loyola with 23 points. The Ramblers shot 57 percent from the floor and made half of their 18 3-point attempts while limiting Kansas State to below 35 percent shooting from the field. The Wildcats made just 6 of 25 3-pointers.

"It's just one of those moments I can't even explain," Richardson said. "I kind of just blacked out. It was a big, big-time game, the biggest game of my life. so I guess I just blacked out on some of those celebrations."

In the first round Donte Ingram made the buzzer-beater. The next game it was Clayton Custer's jumper in the final seconds to give the Ramblers a one-point win. In the Sweet 16, Marques Townes' late 3-pointer was key in another one-point win.

On Saturday, Richardson, who didn't even score in the first round and was in single digits in the next two games broke out for a career-high 23 points.

"We were selfless today," Townes said. "Ben had a real good game and we made some big time plays and big time shots at certain crucial moments."

The 31-5 Ramblers now face the winner of Michigan and Florida State in the Final Four in San Antonio.

Porter Moser announces he's staying at Loyola


Porter Moser announces he's staying at Loyola

Porter Morter isn't going anywhere.

After reports circulated that St. John's offered him a long-term contract worth north of $2 million per year, the 50-year-old head coach has decided instead to stay at Loyola. He's led the Ramblers to three 20-win seasons in the past five years, and guided the program in 2018 to their first Final Four appearance since 1963 — a span of 55 years.

Moser released this statement on his Twitter account on Tuesday:

Dear Rambler Nation,

I know there have been a lot of things swirling out there the past few days. Because I have coached and coached with some amazing young men, and because I have had the support of the University, friends, family, and the loyal Loyola fans; opportunities have arisen. I know that is part of the business, but it doesn't change the fact that I'm humbled, grateful, and grounded with what comes my way.

People in business say I'm crazy for passing up opportunities and the money. But what they don't know is the amazing young men I coach and the culture we have built. What they don't know are the amazing young men who are committed to come to Loyola and wear the Maroon and Gold. What they don't know are the people and friends that make up the Loyola community. And what they don't know is what makes me tick.

So what I do say to Rambler nation is ... let's keep building this culture and making a difference. Let's keep chasing championships. Let's do things better than we have ever done before.

With that said ... I'M ALL IN!

SportsTalk Live Podcast: What does Duke's loss mean for Zion's college legacy?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: What does Duke's loss mean for Zion's college legacy?

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