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11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago rolls over K-State on way to Final Four

Ramblers advance with 78-62 win

Loyola-Chicago became the fourth No. 11 seed to make the Final Four by beating No. 9 Kansas State 78-62 on Saturday in the South Regional final of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

The Ramblers, the tournament's Cinderella story, lead by as many as 23 points in the second half on the way to their 14th straight win. They will play the winner of Michigan-Florida State next Saturday in San Antonio.

Kansas State, which upset No. 5 Kentucky to advance to the Elite Eight, tried to climb back into the game with about four minutes left, when a 14-3 run cut Loyola's lead to 12. But the Ramblers continued to attack the basket like they have the entire tournament. 

Ben Richardson had 23 points and was 6-of-7 from three-point range for the Ramblers, who last made the Final Four in 1963, when they won their only NCAA championship. 

Before today, only three 11-seeds had earned berths in the Final Four: LSU in 1986; George Mason in 2006; and Virginia Commonwealth in 2011. They were all beaten in the semifinals.


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