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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.

Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

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Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

The Michigan Wolverines are hiring former Fab Five star Juwan Howard as the head coach of their basketball team. Aside from being a part of that prolific college basketball team, Howard is a two-time NBA champion with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.

And he is a former local basketball hoops star at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where we was named an All-American in 1991.

But the Fab Five have not been on the best of terms over the years, particularly current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. With Howard back in Ann Arbor, all beefs are officially over.

“It squashes any drama or any beef because we’re not going to bring that to Ann Arbor’s campus with Juwan Howard as our head coach," Rose told Mike Greenberg when asked about the beef Thursday morning on ESPN's Get Up. "The one thing that we both know is his success turning around the University of Michigan is first and foremost about him and about the players that he’s going to influence. Then it’s about us being there to support him, not being drama, not being splintered, not giving any indication of dysfunction.

"We’re going to move as a family and we’re going to do what we can to build on what John Beilein has established in Ann Arbor.”

Rose reiterated this point later in the day during a segment with fellow Michigan alum Adam Schefter.

Let's wait and see if Howard brings winning ways to Michigan to make this honeymoon period last, otherwise it could be back to business as usual.

Also, does Chris Webber feel the same way? Has Rose already talked to Webber to clear the air? Or is Rose just saying it's over on his side in the hopes Webber follows suit?

Both Webber and Rose made it clear that Howard was their preferred candidate, so they seem to be on the same page.

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Porter Moser announces he's staying at Loyola

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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!