Loyola beats Kansas State to punch ticket to Final Four

ATLANTA - Sister Jean's prayers were answered, again. Loyola is headed to the Final Four.

The Ramblers defeated Kansas State 78-62 in the first ever meeting between a 9-seed and an 11-seed.

Loyola started off red hot for a change, shooting 80% from the field in the first 8 minutes of the game. The lead swelled to 12 at halftime following a 9-2 run into the break. When the Ramblers have a cushion at the half, they're unbeatable this season - now 24-0.

It's not uncharted waters for Loyola. The Ramblers won it all back in 1963. In fact, Friday marked the 55th anniversary of their historic win over Cincinnati.

The Ramblers will take the nation's longest active winning streak at 14 games into San Antonio, where they'll face Michigan next Saturday.