Final Four Preview: Loyola-Chicago vs. Michigan
Final Four Preview: Loyola-Chicago vs. Michigan

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Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, South Region No. 11 Seed

Cinderella has crashed the ball in spectacular fashion in 2018. With Sister Jean in their corner, the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers appear to have gained divine intervention, becoming just the fourth No. 11 seed to ever make the Final Four. After a series of heart-pounding games decided in the final seconds, the upstart Ramblers stomped the Kansas State Wildcats en route to their first Final Four since 1963. Loyola-Chicago is riding a 14-game winning streak heading into the National Semifinal.

Backcourt: The Ramblers have multiple ballhandlers and multiple three-point shooters in their almost positionless lineup. Clayton Custer is the team's leading scorer and disher, and was the Missouri Valley Player of the Year. However, Loyola's top four scorers are all 6-foot-6 and under. Donte Ingram, who hit the game-winning trey versus Miami in the tourney opener, is the leading rebounder for the Ramblers but shoots over five three-pointers per contest. 6-4 junior swingman Marques Townes hit the side-step three to seal the win over Nevada, and Ben Richardson comes off the bench to catalyze the second unit. Richardson and Custer have been playing ball together since primary school; suffice to say, there is some chemistry in the backcourt. The Ramblers have shot over 52 percent from the floor as a team this season, and are in the upper echelon of college basketball in assists per contest.

Frontcourt: Cameron Trautwig is the only true big man that receives meaningful minutes on the front line for

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Perry Missner
Missner covers college basketball for RotoWire. A veteran fantasy sports writer, he once served on the executive board for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
Jesse Siegel
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