Wagner, playing in front of his parents who made the trip from Germany, had 15 rebounds and was 10-for-16 from the field.
"Wow", Wagner said. "If you put it like that, it's pretty cool". Charles Matthews stepped in to provide the spark during an 11-4 run, which cut it to 45-42 after Duncan Robinson's three-pointer midway through the second half.
No. 11 seed Loyola Chicago takes on third-seeded MI on Saturday night in the first semifinal of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. They proved that literally in the tourney with four different players either hitting last-second shots to win or leading them in scoring. MI was charged with eliminating them, and they did so without concern to the Ramblers' charm factor. "And the way they're playing, it's incredible".
Guard Clayton Custer and Ben Richardson have been teammates since the third grade in Overland Park, Kansas, and Richardson and Donte Ingram came into Loyola in the same year and played a key role on the Ramblers' 2015 CBI Championship. He still was lamenting the 11 second-half turnovers.
"I don't know if they had magic on their side", Beilein said. "They didn't want to end it".
"I'm blessed, so blessed that Loyola University, the administrators, the fan base, they were steadfast on how I was saying I was going to do it with good kids, good people". Assists-Loyola of Chicago 6 (Ingram 2), MI 8 (Simpson 3). The tight bond of Loyola basketball lie as such. Still, Moser had a plan, one without shortcuts, to create a winning culture.
Down 10 with 14 minutes to go, John Beilein scooped his jawline and paced the sidelines with his head down, overlooking his bench.
"I just knew it, it had that feeling", Abdur-Rahkman said.
His 11 points and 11 rebounds in the first half were one of the only reasons MI was even within striking range at intermission. We scored 22 points, and that was kind of the only way we found our way to the basket: grab offensive rebounds and get second-shot opportunities.
".I honestly just tried to do my job". Townes came up gimpy on his left leg late in the second half Saturday.
Wagner also went flying off the elevated court, chasing a loose ball, avoiding injury but taking out CBS commentator Bill Raftery's eye glasses.
Moe Wagner has played 106 career games in three seasons at MI.
It has played in the championship game five other times, in 2013 plus 1965, '76, '92 and '93, but the appearances in the '90s, with the so-called Fab Five, were erased by the N.C.A.A. because of infractions. It was a taller, longer, more dynamic group and the Ramblers began to struggle controlling the basketball against the energized defense. "It isn't just me". "She had their back the entire time".
"Things worked out in the first half because they switched a lot of ball screens, " Wagner said of his 11-point effort. Wagner finally tied it at 47 with 6:53 remaining on a corner triple, and U-M got the lead back with a stop and two Poole free throws. Beilein says he thinks the Ramblers could've been seeded anywhere from No. 4 to No. 7 had they been in a bigger conference. They run some great action. The Wolverines were down just three points with building momentum.
The team chaplain appears to be fine, though, as she was seen consoling Ramblers players in the tunnel after the game.
That would have seemed like a dream four years ago, especially when their first game at Gentile Arena in 2014 drew a crowd of only roughly 1,470 spectators. We'll watch tape, try to figure out the best way to approach going into Monday night's game.