Michigan returns to the national championship game for the first time since 2013, with a 69-57 win against Loyola in a national semifinal of the 2018 Final Four on Saturday, March 31. Find the score, live updates and stats for the Final Four game.
Michigan advances to the National Championship Game on Monday, April 2, to play either Villanova or Kansas.
2018 NCAA Tournament: Michigan-Loyola score, live updates
FINAL: Michigan 69, Loyola 57. Moritz Wagner scored 24 points and Charles Matthews added 17 in the win against Loyola.
Michigan 68, Loyola 57 (0:27.9, 2H): Michigan is securing its ticket to the national championship game by hitting late free throws against the Ramblers.
Michigan 59, Loyola 51 (3:27, 2H): Michigan is now running away with the game, after a 3-pointer by Wagner.
Michigan 51, Loyola 47 (5:48, 2H): A quick swing has given the lead back to Michigan. Wagner hit a huge 3-pointer with 6:59 left in the game to tie the game at 47-47, followed by Poole’s free throws and Charles Matthews’ layup — a seven-point swing for the Wolverines.
Loyola 47, Michigan 44 (7:31, 2H): Michigan continues to chip away at Loyola’s lead, after Jordan Poole’s layup, but Loyola lost Townes to a left leg injury (cramping, per CBS) with 7:31 left in the second half. Townes had eight points and seven rebounds for the Ramblers
Loyola 45, Michigan 42 (10:06, 2H): And there’s Duncan Robinson. Robinson hits his second 3-pointer to cut Loyola’s lead to 3 midway through the second half. It’s only Michigan’s fourth 3-pointer, but it could be a big one. The Wolverines need to take advantage of their outside shooting.
Loyola 43, Michigan 37 (11:42, 2H): Jaaron Simmons hits his first 3-pointer to cut Loyola’s lead to 6. The Wolverines are 6 for 12 from the floor in the second half, but Loyola has made four of its last five shots.
Loyola 41, Michigan 31 (14:00, 2H): Charles Matthews cut Michigan’s lead to 5, but the Ramblers answered with their first 3-pointer of the night, from Clayton Custer. Loyola is 1 for 5 on 3-pointers.
Loyola 32, Michigan 24 (18:47, 2H): Krutwig opens the second half with a three point play to open Loyola’s lead to 10 points, but Michigan answers with a quick basket.
Duncan Robinson was on the floor as Michigan opened the second half. The Wolverines need a spark from behind the perimeter; they went 0 for 3 on 3-point shooting in the first half.
HALFTIME: Loyola 29, Michigan 22: Krutwig hit a turnaround jumper with less than 40 seconds left in the half, and after Wagner missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 17.8 seconds left, Donte Ingram’s jumper just before the buzzer opened Loyola’s lead to seven points.
Wagner has a double-double for Michigan: 11 points and 11 rebounds. Krutwig, Townes and Aundre Jackson each have eight points for the Ramblers, who are 10 for 24 from the floor.
Michigan is 9 for 31 from the floor — Wagner and Charles Matthews are a combined 8-for-16 on shooting.
Loyola 21, Michigan 19 (3:40, 1H): This game is defense first. The Ramblers are 7 for 18 from the floor, while Michigan is 8 for 27. Furthermore, a 9-0 run has helped lift Loyola to its first lead.
Loyola 17, Michigan 15 (5:53, 1H): Loyola ties the game on Cameron Krutwig’s layup, then takes the lead with 5:56 left in the first half of Krutwig’s two free throws.
Michigan 12, Loyola 10 (9:19, 1H): Marques Townes hits a jumper as the shot clock expires to cut Michigan’s lead to 2 points. Still, Michigan’s size is making things difficult for Loyola, particularly the play of 7-foot-1 Teske and the 6-foot-11 Wagner. The Ramblers are 3 for 5 in the paint — a low number, and evidence they’re having trouble creating chances inside.
Michigan 12, Loyola 4 (12:38, 1H): Jon Teske hits a layup to stretch Michigan’s lead to 8. Michigan keeps making stops, and keeps getting baskets. Loyola is 2 for 11 from the floor, and Michigan is capitalizing off transition. Michigan also has 13 rebounds so far, including four by Wagner.
Michigan 6, Loyola 4 (15:55 1H): The Wolverines hit a pair of early 3-pointers from Moritz Wagner and Charles Matthews to take the lead against the Ramblers. Michigan’s defense is strong, early, and not allowing Loyola to create a presence under the net.
Pregame: Ann Arbor is buzzing for Michigan’s first Final Four game since 2013. In San Antonio, the Wolverines are on the court at the Alamodome, ready to tip off against Loyola.
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2018 NCAA Tournament: Michigan-Loyola time, game information
Michigan and Loyola-Chicago play at 6:09 p.m. ET on Saturday March 31, 2018.
- Time: 6:09 p.m. ET.
- Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
- Location: Alamodome, San Antonio
- TV channel: TBS, which can be found here.
2018 NCAA Tournament: Michigan-Loyola TV channel
The 2018 NCAA Tournament game between Michigan and Loyola-Chicago is on TBS.
2018 NCAA Tournament: Michigan-Loyola how to watch online
You can watch the Michigan-Loyola-Chicago game online with NCAA.com’s March Madness Live.
How can I listen to the Michigan-Loyola-Chicago game on the radio?
The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game also can be heard on Sirius 84, XM 84 and Internet 84.
Michigan-Loyola-Chicago basketball preview
Michigan faces Loyola-Chicago in the first of two national semifinal games Saturday night in San Antonio. It’s the Wolverines’ first appearance in the Final Four since 2013. It’s also the first meeting between the Wolverines and the Ramblers in nearly 40 years.
Michigan (32-7) enters the Final Four on a 13-game winning streak, which dates back to Feb. 11. The Wolverines swept their four Big Ten Tournament games en route to their second consecutive tournament championship. They have handled every sort of situation during their NCAA Tournament run, from Jordan Poole’s game-winning 3-pointer in the final second of a 64-63 win against Houston on March 17, to a 99-72 blowout of Texas A&M in the Sweet Sixteen on March 22.
Charles Matthews led the Wolverines with 17 points in a 58-54 win against Florida State in the Elite Eight on Saturday in Los Angeles. Matthews, a junior guard, has averaged 16.5 points in the Wolverines’ four NCAA Tournament games.
Loyola (32-5) comes out of the South Region as the No. 11 seed. Ben Richardson led the Ramblers with 23 points in a 78-62 win Sunday against Kansas State.
Clayton Custer leads the Ramblers with 13.2 points per game. Donte Ingram averages 6.3 rebounds per game, while Cameron Krutwig averages 6.1 rebounds per game.
The Ramblers are the fourth No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four, joining LSU (1986), George Mason (2006) and VCU (2011).
Loyola enters the Final Four as the winner of 14 consecutive games — the nation’s longest current winning streak. The Ramblers beat Miami, Tennessee and Kansas State to earn their first trip to the Final Four since 1963. Loyola also looks for its first national championship since 1963, when it beat Cincinnati.
The Wolverines defeated Loyola 84-80 in the second round of the 1964 NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis. Michigan lost to Duke in a national championship semifinal in 1964, the Wolverines’ first appearance in the Final Four. This is the fourth meeting between Michigan and Loyola and the first since 1969, when the Ramblers defeated the Wolverines 112-100 in Chicago.