Elite Eight: No. 11 Loyola faces No. 9 Kansas State

Two former Blue Valley Northwest Students helped lead Loyola Chicago to the Elite 8 on Thursday night

Two former Blue Valley Northwest Students helped lead Loyola Chicago to the Elite 8 on Thursday night

Follow our coverage of the Florida State-Michigan regional final here.

MI was the only member of the quartet expected to be alive at this stage of the tournament, which makes Saturday's action must-see television, as at least one Cinderella story is guaranteed to continue.

Both teams received production from unlikely players in their three games, but Loyola has the better collection of stars with Wade injured.

Top-seeded Villanova beat the press of West Virginia and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats have been to four Final Fours in their history, but not since 1964.

Even in the South Region, where the top four seeds were bounced out on the first weekend - a first for the NCAA Tournament - no one was really talking about these Wildcats.

Moser knew six years ago that if the Ramblers were to win at a high level, he had to reinvent the culture.

Florida State and MI played their most impressive games in the tournament in the Sweet 16 - and that includes Florida State's win over No. 1 Xavier to get to this point. And I think - I hope we're an example of, you know, it takes time. The bobbleheads, now available for pre-order, cost be just $25 each, and are expected to arrive in June. "Fans, administrations, they want it so fast, and it's tough".

Florida State and MI are just two more of the surprises that this tournament has given us.

Yet, the Ramblers beat 6-seed Miami 64-62 in the first round on 3-pointer by Donte Ingram with 0.3 seconds left. It was their first NCAA tournament game (and win) since a 1985 trip that ended against Patrick Ewing and Georgetown in the Sweet 16. Sister Jean has become a celebrity during the tournament.

Here's our recap of the last game's action and a preview of what's ahead for the Seminoles. And it put a focus on the Chicago school's oddball charm. Loyola (31-5) has won three tournament games by a combined four points. Now, after a plethora of upsets and bombastically shocking buzzer beaters, the battlefield has now been condensed into a much smaller yet still highly competitive series of contests that will be vital in deciding who gets to move on to the Final Four. The latest demonstration of Kansas State's defensive prowess came in Thursday night's 61-58 win over Kentucky, which was held to a season scoring low. But this is a veteran team that does play solid defense and is terrific with 3s, hitting almost 40 percent this season.

Kansas State shirked patterns and trends to upset No. 5 Kentucky, making Catlanta its own. But this one was the sweetest of the three NCAA victories, providing the program's biggest moment since its national championship in 1963.

The Boilermakers (30-7) were playing in their second straight regional semifinal. Loyola-Chicago won the Missouri Valley. Thursday night, almost 2,000 Rambler fans packed in to watch the win over Nevada.

Loyola has made it a priority to give its students every opportunity to enjoy March Madness, with watch parties at the student center - the Damen Center - for every game of the tournament.

Here's the latest game preview with matchup odds, start time, TV channel, and how to watch the Loyola vs. Kansas State game live streaming online.

"They like to get up-and-down, use their length and athleticism just to get easy run-outs and dunks and kind of make a lot of flashy plays", Wildcats guard Barry Brown said of taking advantage of Kentucky's size. Kansas State could end up beating the two biggest Cinderella teams in this year's field. He's barely played in this event, though.

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