However, no matter which team you are rooting for, there’s no denying that the No. 11-seeded Ramblers have been the Cinderella story of March Madness. In a South Region of the bracket that included teams like No. 1 overall seed Virginia, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Arizona and Kentucky, Loyola was the team to make it out of the pact and to the Final Four.
In fact, in an interview with ESPN, Michigan coach John Beilein said that if he wasn’t coaching the Wolverines, he would likely be cheering for the underdog Loyola.
“If I wasn’t coshing Michigan, I’d probably be rooting for them, too,” Beilein said. “They play great basketball and they’re just really an outstanding team, and [coach Porter Moser] has done a wonderful job with them.”
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Beilein goes on to say that his team is prepared for the challenge, and that he is confident that Michigan fans will show up to support the team on Saturday.
Michigan, who got out of the West Region of the bracket with a win over Florida State in the Elite 8 on Saturday, is looking to win its first national championship since 1989. Loyola, who defeated Kansas State on Saturday, is looking to win its first national championship since 1963.
Michigan and Loyola will tip off at 6:09 p.m. ET on Saturday on TBS. The winner of the game will move on to the national championship game on Monday, where it will take on the winner of Villanova and Kansas.