The biggest Cinderella team remaining in March Madness continued its run with an inspired comeback and one huge shot

  • The 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago continued its Cinderella run in the NCAA Tournament with a 69-68 win over the seventh-seeded Nevada on Thursday night.
  • The Ramblers had to come back from a 12-point deficit in the first half, and they held on to the win after a huge 3-pointer from Marques Townes put them up by four with seven seconds left.
  • The Ramblers will now take on Kansas State in the Elite Eight.

If you had Loyola-Chicago making the Elite Eight at the start of March Madness, then your bracket must be in good shape.

The 11th-seeded Ramblers continued their Cinderella run through the NCAA Tournament with an inspired 69-68 win over the seventh-seeded Nevada Wolfpack on Thursday night.

As in their previous wins, the Ramblers had to climb their way back after falling behind by as many as 12 in the first half. They methodically worked their way back into the game and actually took a four-point lead into halftime.

The Ramblers extended their lead to 12 points before Nevada’s Caleb Martin sparked a comeback for the Wolf Pack, scoring 16 points in the second half.

But ultimately it was Loyola-Chicago’s Marques Townes who came up with his biggest shot of the tournament, draining a 3-pointer with seven seconds left that put the Ramblers up by four.

The Ramblers were able to hold on to the win, though the final seconds remained tense, with Martin draining a 3-pointer that took the Wolf Pack back within one point with two seconds left.

Afterward, Sister Jean, the 98-year-old team chaplain who has become a breakout star in the tournament, was quite OK with the win. She had predicted Nevada to win but said she didn’t mind that her bracket was busted.

The Ramblers will play the winner of Kansas State, which beat Kentucky on Thursday night, in the Elite Eight.

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