WELP, Loyola did it again!
Three NCAA tournament games, three nailbiter wins, three different guys hitting the clutch game winning shot. That is totally bananas, and the Ramblers (aka Gryffindor) find themselves 40 minutes away from a spot in the Final Four.
Meanwhile, in the other exciting game of the night, Kansas State got this layup late to propel themselves into the other end of the game against Loyola on Saturday.
Imagine being a Georgia Tech fan that snapped up tickets to the regional semifinals and finals because they were offered to you before they went on sale to the public, and you said “hey, why not?” You got to see BOTH of those games last night. Meanwhile, the folks out in Los Angeles at Staples Center got Michigan smashing Texas A&M and Florida State winning easily by the final horn over Gonzaga. At least the FSU/GU game was interesting for the majority of the 40 minutes.
For more details and highlights from last night, run over and check out Mike Rutherford’s rundown for our SB Nation overlords.
Today, the focus of Marquette/Big East fans falls on Villanova, as they attempt to add the league’s 12th NCAA tournament share. For what it’s worth, KenPom sees the game as heavily tilted (well, for a Sweet 16 game) in favor of the Wildcats, giving them a 72% chance of victory over West Virginia. I’m going to be cheering for Purdue over Texas Tech, mostly because Boilermakers Twitter has come out in droves to follow the ol’ AE account this season, and they’re largely nice and interesting people. With that said, Texas Tech has dudes left, right, and center, and has won their first two tournament games by making bananas shot after bananas shot, so worst case scenario is we get a fantastic viewing experience.
All times Central.
6:07pm - #1 Kansas vs #5 Clemson, CBS
6:27pm - #1 Villanova vs #5 West Virginia, TBS
8:37pm - #2 Duke vs #11 Syracuse, CBS
9:07pm - #2 Purdue vs #3 Texas Tech, TBS