NCAA Latest: Michigan, Loyola in Final Four; bluebloods next

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):

11:45 p.m.

The bluebloods will take center stage Sunday to determine the last two entrants in the Final Four.

No. 1 seed Kansas and No. 2 seed Duke will face off in the Midwest Region final in the only region that got its top two seeds to the regional final. Duke has won five national titles and Kansas has won three NCAA Tournament titles.

In the other Elite Eight game, No. 1 seed Villanova will face No. 3 seed Texas Tech in the East Region final. Villanova won national titles in 1985 and 2016. Texas Tech, the outlier in Sunday’s action, is in the Elite Eight for the first time.

Two of the slots have already been filled.

Loyola-Chicago, a No. 11 seed out of the Missouri Valley Conference, defeated No. 9 seed Kansas State 78-62 in the South Region final. Loyola will face Michigan, a 58-54 winner over Florida State in the West Region final.


11:10 p.m.

Mighty Michigan is rolling all the way back to the Final Four.

Charles Matthews scored 17 points and Michigan earned its first Final Four berth since 2013 with a 58-54 victory over Florida State on Saturday night in the West Region final.

Moe Wagner scored 12 points as the Wolverines (32-7) earned their 13th consecutive victory by persevering through a defense-dominated second half and holding off a late charge from the Seminoles, who had already knocked off three higher-seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan advanced to San Antonio next weekend to face the underdog heroes of Loyola-Chicago (32-5), who stunned the sport by winning the South Region.

Phil Cofer scored 16 points for the ninth-seeded Seminoles (23-13), who knocked off three higher-seeded opponents on their school’s longest NCAA Tournament run since 1993.



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