Or, as MI guard Jaaron Simmon, put it: "He was a beast tonight".
Beilein begged his team during halftime to pass the ball more and force turnovers.
It was a full night. They led MI by 10 points on two separate occasions during the second half, and seemed generally unfazed by playing on college basketball's biggest stage.
These performances were what kept MI basketball from being the first team to lose to a double-digit seed in a Final Four game ever. A 6-foot-9 center, Agunanne is a very good defensive rebounder and will block shots.
"I don't really like the saying 'Cinderella story, '" he said, "because it always includes somehow that they're not supposed to be there".
Down three with less than seven minutes left, Wagner caught the ball in the post, dribbled out to the 3-point line and buried a 3 that tied the score.
Jaaron Simmons, Simpson's backup, made a 3 and Duncan Robinson hit another a few minutes later and the deficit was down to 45-42 with 10 minutes left.
"I liked a lot of things we were doing defensively on him", Moser said.
The only time Kansas led was when Udoka Azubuike hit a jumper on the first shot of the game. "So not dropping our heads was one of the main adjustments we had to make".
MI slowly clawed its way back in the second half, tying the game, 47-47, with under seven minutes left.
Charles Matthews also contributed 17 points and was the only other MI player to score in double figures.
But after Loyola took a 41-31 lead with 14:10 to play, the momentum shifted toward MI. Unfortunately, Sister Jean had to miss the end of the run.
Brutal, but Sister Jean will forever live in our hearts and will remain one of the brightest stars we have ever seen during March Madness. "Despite going out this way, were going to never forget this. I think we proved, during this run, that we can play with anyone in the country". Most all of Michigan's offense came on offensive put-backs. The Wolverines will resume the underdog role against Villanova Monday night, trying to win its second NCAA championship.
"This team's had no attention at all", Beilein said. "And they were going to get to some stuff", MI head coach John Beilein said.
Loyola plays in Atlanta on Thursday night against No. 7 seed Nevada, which had a huge rally Sunday night to beat No. 2 seed Cincinnati 75-73.
No. 11-seeded Loyola has beaten a higher seed in each matchup of the NCAA Tournament so far and will have to do so again, as No. 3 MI awaits.
Richardson pulled his maroon No. 14 jersey over his red face as Custer hugged his buddy a little tighter, both trying to process the disappointment of a 69-57 loss to MI in the ntional semifinal. The Wolverines capitalized, scoring on four of five extra possessions to go on a 17-2 run. Totals 25-59 12-18 69. They scored 22 points off 16 turnovers by Loyola.
MI led early by as many as eight points, but the underdog Ramblers shook off their nerves and showed that the lights were not too bright. They trailed 29-22 after a first half in which Wagner's teammates shot 4-of-23. "A little bit like an Isaac Haas-type of idea, where that kid's going to get two on Moe, but we're not going to give these great 3-point shooters - they make seven a game, but we limited them to one".