The Ramblers had a seven-point lead at halftime and extended the lead to double digits in the second half, while Michigan's shooting struggles continued. There was a comeback and a blowout.
The sport, full of transparent corruption now, did not deserve to have Loyola Chicago disinfect its premier event, but it received this gift anyway.
The Loyola men's basketball team (32-6, 15-3) saw its season come to an end with a 69-57 loss to the University of MI in San Antonio March 31.
Fans felt confident their team would make it to the NCAA's National Championship game.
Next up for Villanova, which is aiming to win its second national title in three years, will be MI in Monday's title game.
MI continued to lock down defensively in the NCAA tournament, holding Loyola-Chicago to less than one point per possession - the fourth time they've done that in the NCAA tournament. Two went through, and MI led 6-4 at the first media timeout.
The crux of Villanova's attack was a historic three-point barage.
The Ramblers, meanwhile, tried only three such shots, so that it mattered little that they made none. They also set the NCAA single-season record. MI struggled too and, at one point, both teams had as many turnovers as field goals. "But I heard I broke Coach Raftery's glasses - I feel bad for that". They run some great action. "We just needed that spark plug". In that run, there were the five turnovers on five straight possessions which resulted in eight of those 12 points.
Moe Wagner had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Wolverines, who overcame a 10-point deficit early in the second half to beat Loyola 69-57. His 3-pointer with 6 minutes, 56 seconds left tied the game 47-47.
Sister Jean watched attentively in the second half while Loyola's healthy lead dwindled and vanished in a flurry of turnovers.
Wagner had 11 points on five-of-eight shooting and 11 rebounds, and Matthews had eight markers, but no other player had more than two points in the first half, as the Wolverines converted just nine of their 31 attempts from the field and two of their 13 looks from three-point range.
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The loss ended the Cinderella run of Loyola (32-6) and snapped a 14-game winning streak of its own. That's now the longest active streak in Division I.
The only time Kansas led was when Udoka Azubuike hit a jumper on the first shot of the game.
Loyola won the hearts of fans nationwide, and the team's 98-year-old chaplain Sister Jean became an internet phenomenon over the course of March Madness.
Loyola (32-6) had aimed to make history by becoming the lowest seed to win an NCAA men's basketball championship.
The Ramblers, the No. 11 seed in the South Region, were in their first Final Four since 1963 - the year they were national champions.
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While it was still going, and the Ramblers had an unplanned meeting when Coach Porter Moser had to take a timeout just past seven minutes into the game, they had trailed 12-4.
"I don't know if they had magic on their side", Beilein said. They have so much to be proud of.
Loyola-Chicago made it harder than a lot of people thought.
"She's done for a while", Ryan Haley, assistant director of athletic communications for Loyola-Chicago, said, per Josh Peter of USA Today. The Wolverines, unranked to start the season and sitting at 19-7 in early February, will now resume the underdog role they have played much of the season, trying to win their second NCAA championship.