March Madness 2018: Fans can't get enough of Loyola Chicago's Sister Jean

24 March, 2018, 12:34 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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Actually, let Sister Jean correct that.

"It's always a tough way to lose a basketball game, buzzer-beaters", Barnes said. The Ramblers are 327th in the country with just 32 rebounds per game. "Even though they were out there to get you, you still came through for the team'". May her ruthless spirit be an example to us all.

From the TNT broadcast: "The team found out that Sister Jean has a bracket, but she got Loyola-Chicago losing in the Sweet 16". Sometimes she'll pray for the referee to make the right calls. In the end though - the Wolf Pack and their toughness is going to put them over the top.

The 98-year-old chaplain for Loyola's men's basketball team is delightfully charming and perhaps good luck for the No. 11 seed Ramblers - who emerged from two nail-biter games to advance to the Sweet 16.

"She's the biggest Loyola basketball fan I've ever met in my life", junior guard Marques Townes was quoted as saying.

Yesterday we ran a piece by Adam Doster on the barren Chicago college hoops landscape and how the Loyola Ramblers, before most people had started to notice, broke out of it.

And she'll enjoy the Ramblers' ride.

She gave the death stare to a monitor showing Loyola squeezing out a victory over her alma mater, Tennessee.

"It's fantastic", Ingram said.

"I think it's going to be a great match-up of two teams that really are gritty, really believe".

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes lost at American Airlines Center, home of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, for the first time in six NCAA games.

She has not missed a single game this year and although she is restricted to a wheelchair on the sidelines, her limitation is movement has not limited her "divine" influence on the team. The Ramblers say it makes their day, especially the encouragement after tough games. This will be Loyola's first Sweet 16 match-up since 1985. Soon, she was thrust into the spotlight as the subject of a postgame television interview. Along with the charisma of Sister Jean, the entire program is now recognized on a global scale for their efforts. After Ingram's victor, former President Barack Obama tweeted congratulations to the team - and its well-known nun. "She's a huge part of our success".

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Not long after the all-women's school merged with Loyola in 1991, Sister Jean retired from the education department.

And she's not just along for the ride: Sister Jean knows her hoops. "That's fine with me". "I also noticed the Tennessee men are tall and well built and they're ready to go".

Don't be fooled by the wheelchair that she's now using. Sister Jean was cheered as loudly as any player when coming off the bus.

"For her to be doing what she's doing at her age, it's fantastic, and it's inspiring", guard Clayton Custer said. Sister Jean had compiled a scouting report of his team.

Her passion for the school is unrivaled.

"Anyone can walk in there, not just us", freshman forward Cameron Krutwig was quoted as saying.

Moser, an assistant coach for the late Rick Majerus at Saint Louis before that, recalls only a couple hundred people at games, and his family walking through the student union with more people there than in the basketball arena. She's for the whole university.

"International celebrity", she quipped to a TV news reporter Sunday. I'm sort of in the background doing the hard pushing. William Crawford and his wife Sue Crawford have been watching the Ramblers since 1965. "That was all for you", other players told her. "We're not that big in sports and so the fact that we made it this far has been insane", Ramblers fan Jennifer La said. I think we've had resolve.

In the pregame prayer, "we asked God to help us and I told God that we would do our part if he would do his part", she said.

VCU had to win five games instead of the usual four to earn their spot in the National Semifinals since they were in the group of four teams forced to play their way into the regular bracket in Dayton. To be able to bear witness to history once again is something she's grateful for. "Height doesn't mean that much".

Oh, and she has a message for the Ramblers' next opponent.

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