Michigan To Face Villanova In Tournament Championship Game
San Antonio, TX - The University of Michigan men's basketball team defeated the Loyola University Ramblers 69-57 in the Final Four round of the NCAA Tournament.
This occasion marks the second time in six years that Michigan head coach John Beilein has taken a team to the title game.
Michigan struggled early on, taking an early lead before surrendering it to Loyola-Chicago before the end of the first half.
With just under seven minutes to go in the game, Michigan forward Mo Wagner sank a three to tie the game after trailing as much as 10 in the second half.
Once taking the lead, the Wolverines never looked back, smashing the championship hopes of Cinderella Loyola-Chicago.
In 2013, Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals bested the Wolverines the first time around.
The NCAA has since announced its decision to vacate the Cardinals' championship that season due to recruiting violations, leaving Michigan's 2013 run in awkward standing.
A strong Villanova team stands in between Michigan and the school's first basketball title since 1989.
The Villanova Wildcats, led by head coach Jay Wright is searching for its second title in three years.