The Ramblers are going to the Elite Eight. Eric Musselman and the Martin twins are heading back to Reno.
With six seconds to go, Marques Towns hit a three-pointer, making Loyola go up four.
LOYOLA ONIONS pic.twitter.com/4D9760bHNw
— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) March 23, 2018
This game was fun. Both teams went back and forth throughout the entire game, though the Ramblers had control for most of the second half.
In the first half, Nevada was leading for the entirety, though Loyola went on a run late and was leading at the half.
In the second half, the Ramblers didn’t miss until 9:11 to go. They were leading by ten at that point, though Nevada came back and made it a game with about six minutes left.
In the end, Loyola came up clutch, making much needed shots and free throws.
Three players scored 15+ for the Ramblers in the win. Marques Towns finished with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Aundre Jackson and Clayton Custer had 15 points each.
As usual, Nevada played with only seven players. The Martin twins had a combined 37 points, 11 boards, and 6 assists. Jordan Caroline scored 19 points and grabbed 6 boards in the loss as well.
One large factor as to why Nevada lost was their not-so-good shooting. Yes, the Wolf Pack hit 41% of their shots. Not too bad, though Loyola was 55% of the field. Nevada needed to shoot better against a very efficient Ramblers squad.
Loyola’s run is becoming very interesting. At first, this was just a good Missouri Valley program that was a trendy upset pick and was capable of winning a game or two. Now, they’re one win away from going to the Final Four.
This is what Sister Jean had to say about the win:
“I don’t care that you broke my bracket.” – Sister Jean pic.twitter.com/yKuBklhIw0
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 23, 2018
The Ramblers play in the Elite Eight on Saturday. Like the Sweet Sixteen, this game is also in Atlanta.