2018 Final Four

It was a rough night to be a Jayhawk. Or a Rambler. Villanova steamrolled Kansas in a lopsided battle of basketball powerhouses, and, after a great, tight first half, Michigan found another gear that put an end to Loyola-Chicago's cinderella run.

  Mitch Lightfoot is alone with his thoughts as reporters swarm his teammates in the locker room after the loss to Villanova.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

Mitch Lightfoot is alone with his thoughts as reporters swarm his teammates in the locker room after the loss to Villanova. Sony A7rIII, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

  Loyola-Chicago's Marques Townes leaves the court after the Ramblers loss to Michigan.   Sony A9, Canon EF 400mm f2.8L-II

Loyola-Chicago's Marques Townes leaves the court after the Ramblers loss to Michigan. Sony A9, Canon EF 400mm f2.8L-II

ESPN sent me down to San Antonio with the mandate to shoot Saturday's semifinal games from as many places as I could find (and charm my way into), for a bit of a different angle, if you'll pardon the pun, on things. "Every seat in the house" was the mantra. The photos you see here are the result.

  Loyola-Chicago cheerleaders pose for a photo before the start of the game.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

Loyola-Chicago cheerleaders pose for a photo before the start of the game. Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

  Michigan's Moritz Wagner goes for a rebound.   Sony A9, Canon EF 300mm f2.8L

Michigan's Moritz Wagner goes for a rebound. Sony A9, Canon EF 300mm f2.8L

  Kansas fans with some upper deck tickets wait for the start of their game as Loyola-Chicago and Michigan play down below.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

Kansas fans with some upper deck tickets wait for the start of their game as Loyola-Chicago and Michigan play down below. Sony A7rIII, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

  The Loyola-Chicago bench during player introductions.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

The Loyola-Chicago bench during player introductions. Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

  The Loyola-Chicago student section awaits a Loyola free throw.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

The Loyola-Chicago student section awaits a Loyola free throw. Sony A7rIII, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

  View from the auxiliary press box.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G

View from the auxiliary press box. Sony A7rIII, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G

  The Loyola-Chicago bench celebrates a first-half three pointer.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

The Loyola-Chicago bench celebrates a first-half three pointer. Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

  Still photographers stack two rows deep at the Final Four.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

Still photographers stack two rows deep at the Final Four. Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

  The view from section 305, as far away as you can get from the action in the Alamodome.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

The view from section 305, as far away as you can get from the action in the Alamodome. Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

  Loyola-Chicago band director Frederick Lowe makes a point of his own during the second half.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

Loyola-Chicago band director Frederick Lowe makes a point of his own during the second half. Sony A7rIII, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

  The view from broadcast row.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

The view from broadcast row. Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

  The view from the TV camera deck.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

The view from the TV camera deck. Sony A7rIII, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

  They put up a good fight, but like the court says, it all ended there fro Loyola-Chicago on Saturday night.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

They put up a good fight, but like the court says, it all ended there fro Loyola-Chicago on Saturday night. Sony A7rIII, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

  Fans in the lower concourse take in the game.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

Fans in the lower concourse take in the game. Sony A7rIII, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

  The Alamodome is a really cavernous place.   Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

The Alamodome is a really cavernous place. Sony A7rIII, Sony 12-24mm f4 G

  Villanova's Omari Spellman drives to the hoop against Kansas.   Sony A9, Canon EF 400mm f2.8L-II

Villanova's Omari Spellman drives to the hoop against Kansas. Sony A9, Canon EF 400mm f2.8L-II

  Lagerald Vick can only watch as Mikal Bridges finishes off a breakaway.   Sony A9, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

Lagerald Vick can only watch as Mikal Bridges finishes off a breakaway. Sony A9, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

  Kansas coach Bill Self attempts to rally the troops as the game starts to slip away in the second half.   Sony A9, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

Kansas coach Bill Self attempts to rally the troops as the game starts to slip away in the second half. Sony A9, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

  Devonte' Graham puts up a three point shot for Kansas.   Sony A9, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

Devonte' Graham puts up a three point shot for Kansas. Sony A9, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

  Devonte' Graham takes flight against 'Nova's Mikal Bridges.   Sony A9, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

Devonte' Graham takes flight against 'Nova's Mikal Bridges. Sony A9, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

  Devonte' Graham comes off the court for the last time as a Jayhawk, and Kansas coach Bill Self is there for a hug.   Sony A9, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

Devonte' Graham comes off the court for the last time as a Jayhawk, and Kansas coach Bill Self is there for a hug. Sony A9, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

  Beneath a familiar face, Devonte' Graham waits outside the locker room to be taken to the post-game press conference.   Sony A9, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

Beneath a familiar face, Devonte' Graham waits outside the locker room to be taken to the post-game press conference. Sony A9, Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM