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2018 NCAA Tournament: Final Four to Be Set Today

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Loyola-Chicago and Michigan are in with Villanova facing Texas Tech in today’s first game and Kansas facing Duke in the second.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional-Loyola vs Kansas State
Ben Richardson of Loyola-Chicago cuts down the net after the Ramblers defeated Kansas State yesterday.
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The lowest seed to ever win the NCAA Tournament was Villanova in 1985 when the Wildcats were an 8 seed, but the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are going to have a chance to make history as they easily defeated Kansas State yesterday, 78-62. Ben Richardson led the Ramblers with 23 points. Loyola has now won 14 games in a row and 21 of their last 22. Can they win two more? We’ll find out next weekend when they play in the Final Four.

Their Final Four opponent will be the Michigan Wolverines who defeated Florida State, 58-54, to advance to the national semifinal game next Saturday. The Wolverines were led by Charles Matthews, who led all scorers with 17 points. The Seminoles lost even though they shot 90% from three-point range. Unfortunately for Florida State, one of their two misses from three-point range happened with 13 seconds left. If PJ Savoy had hit that shot, it would have tied the game.

Today’s action starts off this morning with a matchup between Villanova and Texas Tech at 11:20 am PT and it’s followed by Kansas versus Duke at 2:05 pm PT.

Who do you have in today’s games? Leave it in the comments and feel free to discuss today’s action as it happens.

Here’s today’s schedule:

2018 NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight, Day 2

Game Site Network Approx. Tip Time (PT) Commentators
Game Site Network Approx. Tip Time (PT) Commentators
Duke vs. Kansas Omaha CBS 11:20 AM Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery // Tracy Wolfson
Texas Tech vs. Villanova Boston TBS 2:05 PM Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce

Just a few more important pieces of info for you in case you are watching online. You can use four different ways to catch games online:

This is your NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight, Day 1 open thread.


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