Sports | March 25, 2018 9:54 am

No. 11 Seed Loyola-Chicago Continues Improbable NCAA Run to Final Four

Ramblers upset Kansas State in Elite Eight continuing to upend March Madness brackets.

Marques Townes #5 of the Loyola Ramblers reacts after a play late in the second half against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Marques Townes #5 of the Loyola Ramblers reacts after a play late in the second half against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Not even Loyola-Chicago’s 98-year-old chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, believed the team had a prayer of storming into the Final Four when the NCAA  Men’s College Basketball Tournament started. But the No. 11 seeded Ramblers continued their miracle run on Saturday, upsetting No. 9 seed Kansas State in a dominant 78–62 win.

That proved a change of pace to the first three Loyola-Chicago victories in the tournament, in which the team beat heavily-favored Miami, Tennessee and Nevada by a total of four points over those three games. But then again, this is a March Madness particularly prone to madness, especially in the South where UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to ever beat a No. 1 seed when it upended title contender Virginia.

Loyola, the first No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four since VCU did it in 2011, faces No. 3 seed Michigan in the Final Four next Saturday.