Loyola Chicago knocks off Kansas State, punches ticket to Final Four

As we all correctly predicted before the NCAA Tournament tipped off, Loyola Chicago will head to the Final Four after winning the South Region.

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers are headed to the Final Four, which, more importantly, means we get another week with Sister Jean in the spotlight.

Loyola Chicago crushed Kansas State on Saturday night, 78-62, winning their fourth straight NCAA Tournament game. The Ramblers, who haven’t lost since late January, did it with their most complete offensive performance to date.

Loyola raced out to a 12-point lead at halftime and actually pushed it to a 23-point lead midway through the second half before holding off a late Kansas State push. Ben Richardson had an incredible game, scoring 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Marques Townes and Donte Ingram also finished in double figures for the Ramblers.

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: 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)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Marques Townes #5 of the Loyola Ramblers drives to the basket against Amaad Wainright #23 of the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half 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)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Marques Townes #5 of the Loyola Ramblers drives to the basket against Cartier Diarra #2 of the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Loyola Ramblers defeated the Kansas State Wildcats 78-62. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Amaad Wainright #23 of the Kansas State Wildcats looks on from the bench late in the second half against the Loyola Ramblers during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Loyola's Cameron Krutwig (25) reaches for a rebound in the first half against Kansas State in an NCAA Tournament regional final at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Ben Richardson #14 of the Loyola Ramblers reacts after making a basket 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Donte Ingram #0 of the Loyola Ramblers reacts after a play 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)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Xavier Sneed #20 of the Kansas State Wildcats looks on as Donte Ingram #0 of the Loyola Ramblers celebrates in the second half during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Marques Townes #5 of the Loyola Ramblers reacts 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)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Lucas Williamson #1 of the Loyola Ramblers celebrates with teammates late in the game 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)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Lucas Williamson #1 of the Loyola Ramblers celebrates with head coach Porter Moser as he exits the game 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)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: The Loyola Ramblers celebrate after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Loyola defeated Kansas State 78-62. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Donte Ingram #0 of the Loyola Ramblers celebrates after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Loyola defeated Kansas State 78-62. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Loyola shot over 57% from the field in the win.

The Ramblers will next get the winner of Florida State vs. Michigan. Their Final Four game will come next Saturday night.

Loyola Chicago won its first three NCAA Tournament games by a total of four points. The Ramblers survived Miami, 64-62, Tennessee, 63-62, and Nevada, 69-68, before Saturday night’s more-comfortable margin.

Sunday’s Elite Eight contests will be Villanova vs. Texas Tech and Kansas vs. Duke. We’ll have our Final Four by weekend’s end.

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