Michigan coach John Beilein addresses the media at the NCAA Final Four.
Most of the anticipated 69,000 fans in attendance for the NCAA semifinals Saturday at the Alamodome are expected to be cheering for the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers against the Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan coach John Beilein doesn’t mind.
He said it hasn’t been necessary to talk to his players about it, either.
“I think they know that this is a great story, one that all of us should really admire what Loyola has been able to do,” Beilein said. “But you’ve seen us play at Michigan State and you’ve seen us play at Penn State and Mayland.
“People weren’t cheering for us there.”
Beilein said he expects Michigan fans to turn out “strong” for their team. He downplayed the idea that most of the crowd should be cheering for Loyola, one of the ‘Cinderella’ stories of the tournament.
“I don’t think that will bother us,” Beilein said. “I think that this is going to be a great basketball game with two teams that really have moments where they play great basketball.”
The Michigan Wolverines are returning to the NCAA Final Four.
Michigan will make the trip to San Antonio next week after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 58-54 on Saturday for the West Regional championship.
It is the second Final Four for Michigan and veteran coach John Beilein in the past six seasons.
The Wolverines reached the NCAA finals in 2013 before losing to the Louisville Cardinals.
After Saturday’s Round of Eight, two of the hottest teams in the nation are paired in the NCAA semifinals.
Loyola-Chicago will bring a 14-game winning streak to the Alamodome. Michigan has won 13 straight.
On Sunday, the final two teams will be decided.
Villanova and Texas Tech will play for one spot, while Kansas and Duke will meet for the other.
The semifinals are set for March 31. After a day off, the NCAA title game will be held on April 2.