Loyola-Chicago aims for another upset as they face Tennessee

One person not too stoked about Loyola-Chicago's second upset of the tournament: Candace Parker, who in 2007 and 2008 led the Lady Vols to consecutive titles. The team also made the Sweet 16 in 1964- a year after becoming the only IL school to win a national championship, a fact she is proud to tell to anyone who will listen. "Then the next day, we all say put it in the bank, next one up".

Halftime-Kentucky 51-42. 3-Point Goals-Buffalo 7-31 (Clark 4-10, Massinburg 3-6, Caruthers 0-1, Jordan 0-1, McRae 0-1, Graves 0-3, Perkins 0-4, Harris 0-5), Kentucky 7-15 (Gabriel 3-5, Gilgeous-Alexander 2-2, Diallo 1-1, Green 1-4, Knox 0-3). They are a serious threat to reach the Final Four.

"It's fantastic when you have a group of people who believe", Moser said. "They believe. We've come back from deficits". There were a lot of points in the game we should have done better. "I was 235, 240 pounds", Jackson said, moving his arms out wide to insinuate his high school girth. A 16 seed upset a 1 seed for the first time in tournament history thanks to UMBC blowing out Virginia on Friday.

This is why Glenda from accounting is winning your office bracket right now.

"The fashion in which the Ramblers have won two NCAA Tournament games epitomizes what makes March Madness such a spectacle", Doug Elgin, commissioner of the St. Louis-based Missouri Valley Conference, shared with me Monday.

That's what March is all about in the college basketball world.

The sixth-seeded Hurricanes (22-10) led most of the second half in their third straight trip to the tournament, but couldn't pull away in the final minutes and lost in the first round for the second straight year. "And I have so much faith in that shot just because I've seen him make it - like when we're just working out and stuff, he makes it like [at] a 98 percent clip". It's fun to watch how a team that prays together stays together when games get tight, but be careful not to overlook Loyola evolving into more than just a divinely blessed bunch of Ramblers.

Restless players are also transferring at a record clip.

Late-arriving fans waiting for crowd favorite Texas Tech in the late game joined the raucous Ramblers supporters wearing maroon-and-gold scarfs and standing nearly the entire game in sections across the court from their team's bench.

After leading Florida State past Xavier, Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton spoke eloquently about this competitive landscape.

"International celebrity", she quipped to a TV news reporter Sunday.

It was fitting for the theme of the almost month-long basketball showcase, emblematic of the chaos that often takes place over the course of play.

As laughter rippled through the conference room, Williams added, "But she's super nice". But the way they've won has put the thought of "destiny" in the heads of longtime and bandwagon fans.

A team that had stayed remarkably healthy all season got some bad luck at the wrong time when a hip injury prevented 6-foot-11 forward Kyle Alexander from playing against Loyola.

"Her prayers definitely mean a little bit extra", guard Clayton Custer told USA TODAY Sports. Sometimes when the games are close, that's all that's important. I'm sort of in the background doing the hard pushing. This team plays nasty defense; they've got size and athleticism edges all over the floor and they're primed to ride into the Sweet 16 with a solid win by margin!

  • Julie Sanders