Loyola Chicago celebrated Donte Ingram’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer (above), and then Ramblers senior guard Ben Richardson said his team has more to accomplish with Tennessee on deck Saturday
DALLAS — Cinderella is wearing maroon and gold in Dallas, where March Madness took full effect Thursday afternoon with Loyola Chicago’s victory.
The No. 11-seed Ramblers (29-5) upset No. 6-seed Miami (22-10) on a last-second 3-point shot by Donte Ingram.
Ingram’s 30-foot shot from the top of the key triggered a celebration in American Airlines Center Thursday with 0.3 seconds remaining, and Loyola held on for the win,
“It was a great feeling,” said Ingram, a 6-foot-6 senior from Chicago. “Any one of us could have hit that shot, but I was just fortunate to be in the position.
“When I seen the shot and I had space, I was confident.”
Tennessee basketball (26-8) advanced in the NCAA Tournament earlier on the same floor, dominating Horizon League Tournament champ Wright State, 73-47.
The No. 3-seed Vols had their fair share of highlights in the win over the No. 14-seed Raiders, but Loyola Chicago’s moment has reserved a spot in “One Shining Moment.”
The Ramblers, the Missouri Valley Conference champions, have no intention of settling for one win, either.
The second we got in the locker room, (Coach) said ‘We’re not done yet, we have a lot more to do, “ Loyola Chicago senior guard Ben Richardson said. “We’re going to enjoy this until we get out of the locker room, and then it’s going to be on to Tennessee and getting ready for all the stuff they do.
“I’ve seen them a couple of times here and there, I know there are a tough team with a lot of big, athletic guy. We’re gong to have to see what they do and go though our prep.”
The Ramblers beat then-No. 5-ranked Florida in Gainesville earlier this season, 65-59, so they likely won’t be too intimated by the Vols on Saturday.
Loyola Chicago is riding a 11-game win streak dating back to a 69-67 loss at Bradley and has won 18 of its last 19 games.
On to Tennessee basketball next
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