SportsPulse: From San Antonio, our college basketball experts break Loyola Chicago's chances of getting rid of the unthinkable and entering the national championship game.
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Loyola-Chicago (11) v Michigan (3), 18:09. ET, TBS
Kansas (1) v Villanova (1), Ca. 20:49 ET, TBS
1. Sister Jean's Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are not only happy to be here.
The last three times the No. 11 seeds reached the Final Four (LSU 1986, George Mason 2006 and VCU & # 39; 11), they lost and went home without reaching the title game. Not only is this Loyola team good enough to beat Michigan, the Ramblers are good enough to win on Monday.
You can do much of your patient, widespread offense, which relies on a different hero at each game How to see how three of the four Loyola wins in this tournament were won by the winners of the final second game (no other Team has this kind of late-game experience and proven balance in March-madness)
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But the real thing here is how coach Porter Moser and his not so average Cinderella t EAM has gone through the same "unfinished" mindset keep the whole story that they work out. The big stage will not shake her. They prepare and play with a maturity that shows that they believe that they belong.
2. How will John Beilein create match problems for Loyola?
With so many solid teams like Loyola facing the South Regional to reach San Antonio – # 6 Miami, # 3 Tennessee, # 7 Nevada and # 9 Kansas State – no team was that good like Michigan (especially on the defensive) and none of these teams had an Xs and Os genius like Beilein, who will use every edge of his team. Michigans Moe Wagner has to be on his A-play, and Beilein will probably have different sets that make Loyola freshman big man (Cameron Krutwig) step out of the paint more than he feels comfortable with. "It definitely causes a matchup dilemma," said Loyolas Moser on Friday.
More than that, it will be how Belein uses the athleticism of his guards to defeat Loyola's strong back space. Zavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman have stymie Missouri Valley Player of the Year Clayton Custer. And look for post-up situations for taller guards Duncan Robinson, Isaiah Lebern and Charles Matthews.
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports & # 39; s Scott Gleeson and Lindsay Quick make their predictions as to who will win the Final Four matchup between Kansas and Villanova.
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3. Jalen Brunson vs Devonte Graham
Brunson and Graham shied away from the story that they are two World Timeworld finalists and game-winning point guards against each other. And as much as this will be a team game, whoever the better fighter of the year's caliber is, the difference maker will be in the # 1 seed fight.
While Graham may be in trouble with Brunson's post-up moves, Brunson may have trouble staying ahead of Graham, who is more of a deadly outdoor shooter. Brunson's efficiency was the deciding factor in Villanova's entire tournament. So Graham can make everything he can do in the Big 12 against elite guards very big.
4. Malik Newman's most outstanding player-boaster.
Newman has taken the lives of Graham and other scorers and became the best Kansas player in the tournament. His 32 points, including 13 cin overtime, helped the Jayhawks to survive a title-competing duke team's elite eight. But Newman can influence the game in more than just his offensive. He helped keep Grayson Allen against Duke, and could play a similar role in stopping Villanova's nationwide offense – which is marginalized.
5. Villanovas Bigs vs. Udoka Azubuike.
Nothing against another player in the Final Four, but Azubuike could be the most important. The 7-foot game against Villanova's two big men, Omari Spellman and Eric Paschall, will be a gigantic supporting role. Because while these two teams thrive with the number one on the sidelines, the game could probably be decided in the post.
Azubuike has to stay out of trouble to give Kansas a chance underweight, and so on Edge, whom he can deliver with his rating in color, could reinforce a Jayhawks squad that has many weapons behind the bow.
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