NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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Loyola faced Michigan in the Final Four in San Antonio. Both teams came into the game with impressive win streaks (Loyola 14 and Michigan 13). The Ramblers led at the half and kept the score tight the entire game. As always, Loyola played with impressive and unselfish teamwork. Unable to make the shots in the second half and eventually overpowered by Michigan’s offense, they closed this historic season and their time in the 2018 NCAA Tournament 57-69. The entire country knows who Loyola is now along with the culture that propelled them this far. Relive their historic season through photos.

Loyola played No. 9 seed Kansas State in the Elite Eight. They took a commanding lead in the first half and never let it go. With members of the last Loyola team to earn a trip to the Final Four in the stands, they beat Kansas State 78-62. Following in the footsteps of that 1962-63 team, they earned a trip to the Final Four.

The Ramblers played No. 7 seed Nevada in the Sweet 16. Loyola trailed at the beginning of the first, turning it around after keeping Nevada in a scoring drought for the final eight minutes. At the half, the Ramblers had the lead (28-24). They started the final 20 minutes of play shooting 13 for 13, but a Nevada rally produced another nail biter. With their opponent within one in the final seconds, Marques Townes finished the game with a three-pointer (69-68). Loyola danced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1963.

In the Round of 32, the Ramblers faced No. 3 seed Tennessee. Loyola came out strong, finishing the first half with a commanding lead. For the 2017-18 season, the team is 20-0 when leading at the half. With a 14-3 run, Tennessee eclipsed Loyola with less than a minute to go. The Ramblers were down by one in the final seconds of the game. With time running out, Clayton Custer took the ball all the way down court and hit a jumper to beat Tennessee 63-62. Loyola advanced to the Sweet 16.

On March 15, the No. 11 seed Ramblers matched up against No. 6 seed Miami, in Loyola's first NCAA Tournament in 33 years. The Ramblers drew on their Missouri Valley Conference championship run and started off early up seven. They held onto the lead for much of the first half but closed the first 20 minutes of play tied 28-28. The Ramblers were chasing Miami in the second half. In the final seconds of the game, Donte Ingram drained a 3-point shot from well beyond the arc to win the game for the Ramblers, 64-62.

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Against AP Top 25 teams

Tennessee (13), Miami (22), Florida (23), Nevada (24)

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More wins than any other Rambler team in 100 years

You’ve gotta get special kids that believe they can win. This group, they’re all believers.
— Porter Moser, MVC Coach of the Year

Season and tournament recap

With grit, heart, selflessness, and a team-first mentality, the Ramblers tackled the 2017-18 season. "They just refused to quit." Coach Porter Moser said. "You look at how many grind-out games we've had, especially the last several weeks, and we just find ways to win. Different guys, different nights. That's what's special about this group."

Moser stressed not only defense but tradition. He made sure the Ramblers connected with the 1963 team. And after the Ramblers won Arch Madness and clinched their NCAA Tournament berth, Jerry Harkness, captain of that 1963 NCAA championship team, was there to present Moser with the MVC tournament trophy. The Ramblers entered the first round of NCAA Tournament play with a 28-5 record and 10-game winning streak.

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Loyola shares the top spot for NCAA D1 Graduation Success Rate

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Clayton Custer (‘19) and Ben Richardson (’18) earned First Team MVC Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete honors

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