Tennessee fought hard, but the Volunteers are going home early from the NCAA Tournament.
Instead, it will be No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago going to the Sweet 16 thanks to a late basket that beat the Vols 63-62 on Saturday.
Here’s the shot from Loyola-Chicago guard Clayton Cluster that ended Tennessee’s season:
LOYOLA WINS IT!!!
A shot with 3.6 seconds left sends the Ramblers into the Sweet 16!pic.twitter.com/hcrIQ3jQTY
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 18, 2018
The Vols had a look at the buzzer, but couldn’t get it to fall.
Tennessee trailed for almost the entire game before regaining the lead on a Grant Williams 3-point play with about 20 seconds remaining. It extended the Vols’ run to 14-5 over the final 4 minutes. It looked like it would be enough, but Custer was clutch for the Ramblers.
Loyola-Chicago opened the tournament with a last-second shot against sixth-seeded Miami.
For now, the Ramblers look like a true Cinderella story.
Admiral Schofield was Tennessee’s top scorer with 14 points and tying a career high with 4 3-pointers. However, he was in foul trouble for much of the game and struggled to contribute after going to the bench early in the first half.
Jordan Bone, Grant Williams and Lamonte Turner also scored in double figures as the Vols shot 45.5 percent from the floor.
After the final horn sounded, reaction from around the country poured in:
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) March 18, 2018
— trey wingo (@wingoz) March 18, 2018
UNBELIEVABLE. Loyola does it again, rattled-in, falling-down bucket to beat the buzzer and knock out Tennessee. Kentucky's South Region is in shambles. Possibility remains in play that the Cats get to the Final Four without beating a single-digit seed.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) March 18, 2018
Loyola-Chicago just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) March 18, 2018
CLUTCH JEAN pic.twitter.com/W4kU7LF8Fp
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) March 18, 2018
Rick Barnes is who we thought he was pic.twitter.com/jh8IpD70AG
— The Ringer (@ringer) March 18, 2018
SISTER JEAN FOREVER. pic.twitter.com/1BJyWZ9an4
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 18, 2018
Guys, the Loyola-UMBC Elite 8 matchup is still on the table.
— Dana Sulonen (@DanaSulonen) March 18, 2018