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 Michigan awaits. After winning their first three games by a combined four points, the Ramblers got down to business with a breezy 17-point win over Kansas State on Saturday to move to the Final Four – their first since winning the NCAA championship in 1963. The Wolverines staved off Florida State in a low-scoring affair, giving them a program-record 32 wins.
A matchup with Duke in the final remains a potential outcome for Loyola; in the Ramblers’ title run in 1963, they beat the Blue Devils in the Final Four.
Loyola boasts a stout defense that ranks fifth nationally with just 62.4 points allowed per game; Michigan isn’t far behind, ranking ninth with 63.3 points per contest.
The Giants signed Smith to be Eli Manning’s backup last season. The 27-year-old appeared in two games, including a Week 13 start against the Oakland Raiders, and went 21-of-36 for 212 yards with one touchdown.
Pro Football Focus’ Ryan Smith noted Geno’s one start produced a higher quarterback grade than Manning had all season through the first 12 weeks:
Since the Jets selected him in the second round of the 2013 draft, Smith has carved out a niche as a backup quarterback. He’s never developed into a player who’s capable of starting every week and performing at a high level.
But a veteran quarterback who can fill in when a team needs him is a valuable commodity. The Chargers needed depth at the position, and Smith was the best available option at this point in free agency.