Cynthia Allman began a long day's journey into a blissful night at 4 a.m. in New York on Saturday, when she arrived at the airport to catch a flight to see her son play in the Big West Conference tournament.
"The flight was canceled and rescheduled for 8 a.m.," Allman said. "Then it was 8:30 a.m. and then 11 a.m. So I took a bus to another airport and caught a flight to Chicago and was able to make a connection to Santa Ana. I got in at 7:30 p.m. and headed to the arena."
By 8:30, she had reconnected with her husband — who had been on a business trip in Florida — at the Honda Center.
Porter Moser had repeatedly told his players that there was no finish line for their season, refusing to limit the improbable possibilities of an upstart team.
Loyola Chicago finally reached the end of its NCAA tournament run Saturday. It wasn’t the one the Ramblers wanted.
A magical three-week ride ended with Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt being wheeled out of the Alamodome with 99 seconds remaining in 11th-seeded Loyola’s deflating 69-57 loss to third-seeded Michigan in a national semifinal.
Malik Newman scored all 13 of Kansas' points in overtime, and the top-seeded Jayhawks are back in the Final Four for the first time since 2012 after beating No. 2 seed Duke 85-81 in overtime in the Midwest Region final.
The Jayhawks had failed to get out of the Elite Eight as a No. 1 seed each of the last two years. This time the Jayhawks broke through thanks to a huge performance from Newman, who scored a career-high 32 points.
Kansas will play top-seeded East Region champion Villanova in the second national semifinal next Saturday in San Antonio. Duke was trying to get to the Final Four for the first time since it won the national championship in 2015.
The shot will be forgotten amid the shower of maize and blue confetti at Staples Center, the new Final Four T-shirts and hats Michigan players tugged on, the wide grins as they posed with the hefty trophy after beating Florida State in the West Regional final.
But Charles Matthews made certain the third-seeded Wolverines had reason to celebrate Saturday.
“You’ve got to find a way to make it happen,” he said.
Texas Tech is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.
Keenan Evans had 16 points as the third-seeded Red Raiders overcame an early first-half hole and dominated second-seeded Purdue down the stretch to earn a 78-65 victory in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.
Texas Tech will play top seed Villanova in the East Regional final Sunday.