Down to the last four teams standing

Published 4:43 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Michigan. Loyola-Chicago. Kansas. Villanova.

One of these is not like the other!

Loyola-Chicago is a classic example of a dark horse team playing its best when it matters most. Nobody at the beginning of the NCAA tournament gave a second thought to the Ramblers, but they’ve beaten all their opponents in a region that was supposed to be stacked from top to bottom. Too bad Virginia, Arizona, Cincinnati and Kentucky couldn’t get the job done.

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Out of all the madness, though, we can appreciate the fact that Loyola-Chicago has won our hearts, if not charmed us just a little. I hope the players, coach, Sister Jean and the fan base have enjoyed the ride, because it all comes to an end Saturday when they play Michigan.

Michigan’s offense is feast or famine, I’ll admit it. Florida State should have probably won that game against them in the Elite Eight, but turnovers and fouls kept the ‘Noles from grabbing a big enough lead. When the Wolverines are hot, they are unstoppable. Look at how they eviscerated Texas A&M or beat Purdue in the Big 10 Championship. I’m hoping they can get hot again and make it the championship game, so I have something left on my bracket worth rooting for.

On the other end of the bracket, Villanova displayed its dominance, again. I would not be surprised to see that team steamroll through their remaining two games.

As for Kansas, I wish them luck nothing but the best of luck. I had the Jayhawks losing to Duke Sunday night, and they might’ve if it weren’t for a blown charge call against Kansas. I don’t think a missed called like that will help them in the Final Four.

Grayson Allen had a chance to go down in NCAA tournament history in the final seconds with a little floater that felt like it bounced on the rim forever before falling out. What a horrible way to end a college career. Going 3-for-13 from the field and hitting only 2-of-9 3-pointers is the ultimate let down for Duke fans. But for the people who love to hate this kid, it’s the icing on the cake. Allen was a villain to many in the college basketball world for his unsportsmanlike trips and bumps, but I’m going to be sad to see him graduate.