Loyola hits 3-point buzzer-beater

Original Post, Thurs., March 15 / Coached by Porter Moser who originally hails from Naperville, Loyola guard Donte Ingram hits a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounds to defeat No. 6 Miami 64-62, the first big upset of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Ramblers will face the No. 3 seed Tennessee on Saturday.

Then No. 13 Buffalo surprised No. 4 Arizona and will match up against No. 5 Kentucky on Saturday, too.

Friday afternoon, we’ll be rooting for No. 2 Purdue against No. 15 CSU Fullerton; then No. 12 Murray State against No. 5 West Virginia.

Stay tuned. Time will tell.

Cheers to the Sweet Sixteen. Enjoy every minute of March Madness until April 2.

Brackets, brackets and more brackets …

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PN UPDATE, Sun., March 18 / So… Every one of the brackets has been busted with one upset after another. We hope every player who started March Madness stays healthy and that no other player is injured on the court.

We’re still rooting for No. 2 Purdue on Sunday against No. 10 Butler. Go, Boilers!

PN UPDATE, Fri., March 23 / Way to go, No. 11 Loyola Chicago with a 1-point victory over No. 7 Nevada Thursday evening!

We’re still rooting for No. 2 Purdue tonight against No. 3 Texas Tech. Go, Boilers!

PN UPDATE / OK. So Purdue lost to Texas Tech. My mother always said in tournament play that you’re supposed to to cheer on the team that defeats your favorite team. Since Texas Tech is not in the same bracket as Loyola Chicago, that advice will be easy to follow for the first game of the Elite Eight on Saturday. Go, Ramblers!

Elite Eight across the nation

The Elite Eight are No. 9 Kansas State and No. 11 Loyola in South / Atlanta; No. 9 Florida State and No. 3 MIchigan in West / Los Angeles; No. 1 Villanova and No. 3 Texas Tech in East / Boston; plus, No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Duke in Midwest / Omaha.

Tournament play in Atlanta and Los Angeles is scheduled for Saturday; followed in Boston and Omaha on Sunday.

PN UPDATE, Sat., March 24 / As play begins again at 5:09PM (CST) Sat., between Kansas State and Loyola, this 94-year-old Purdue alum (Class of ’47), armed with team spirit and novelties from Oswald’s Pharmacy, has flipped for Loyola Chicago, joining fans around the world that have witnessed the remarkable and historic bracket- busting during 2018 March Madness.

Trying to keep a straight face while recounting his team’s defeat by Texas Tech, this loyal longtime Purdue fan quipped, “Losing doesn’t hurt as much as it used to.”

Cheers to the Elite Eight on Saturday as the field narrows by the end of Sunday, all on the way to the Final Four in San Antonio next weekend.

Three of Don’s picks—Villanova, Michigan and Kansas— made it to the Elite Eight. Will any advance to the Final Four?

PN UPDATE, 7:19PM / Fifty-five years later, No. 11 Loyola is returning to the NCAA Final Four with its 78-62 victory over No. 9 Kansas State. Congratulations to the athletes, loyal fans, team chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Loyola Coach Porter Moser, the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

PN UPDATE / No. 3 Michigan masters a win for the Big Ten over No. 9 Florida State, 58-54, for its place in the Final Four. Now Michigan and No. 11 Loyola will meet on Sat., March 31, in the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Play continues Sun., March 25, on the way to the Final Four when No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 1 Villanova match up at 1:20PM, followed by No. 2 Duke and No. 1 Kansas.

PN UPDATE, March 25, 2018, 6:29PM

During the first round on March 15, the tournament began with 68 teams and now there are four! 

This afternoon No. 3 Texas Tech was out shot by No. 1 Villanova. Then No. 2 Duke lost in overtime to No. 1 Kansas. What an ending on the road to the Final Four.

No. 3 Michigan will play No. 11 Loyola, then No. 1 Villanova will meet No. 1 Kansas on Sat., March 31, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Join every minute of resounding joy during 2018 March Madness until the end of championship game on Mon., April 2.

Celebrate safely!