Michigan coach John Beilein told reporters this week that the Wolverines’ Final Four opponent, No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago, is no Cinderella.
“I’ve seen the great stories of the so-called Cinderella teams. They’re not Cinderella anymore,” Beilein said. “When you win 30 games, you’re not a Cinderella team, you’re really good, and this team is really, really, really — that’s three reallys — good.
“Everybody knows it that has played them, and I know that will be our biggest thing, to make sure our kids know that…We’ve got our work cut out for us.”
So, in short, Michigan isn’t overlooking the Ramblers, who have won four NCAA tournament games in thrilling fashion and are a fan favorite to continue their storybook season in San Antonio.
Except USA TODAY Sports’ expert panel thinks coach Porter Moser’s team will be done dancing after Saturday. Three of five experts had Loyola losing to Michigan, while zero had the Ramblers winning the national championship.
Four writers picked obvious favorite Villanova to cut down the nets on April 2, while one writer selected Kansas.