Loyola Ramblers Headed To Atlanta For First Sweet 16 Since 1985

Loyola-Chicago guard Clayton Custer attempts to drive past Ja'Quan Newton

"We couldn't do it - everybody knows her", said Tom Hitcho, the university's longtime senior associate athletic director for operations, who has been pushing Sister Jean's wheelchair during the tournament. She's in so many selfies, she now prepares to pose.

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

Schmidt, who played high school basketball in San Francisco in the 1930s, gets around in a wheelchair these days because of a broken hip that caused her to miss games this season - a rarity over almost 25 years. From 1961 to 1990, she taught at Catholic Mundelein College which later merged with Loyola, which she then joined as an academic advisor before being appointed the chaplain. "She's a celebrity around the university and everyone loves her". She took on the role of the basketball team's chaplain in 1994 and has been one of its biggest supporters, both on the court and behind the scenes. "I mean, just this group is resilient".

In an interview via Skype with the entertainment program, she deflected praise and lauded the team: "I think the stardom rests with the coach and with the team".

One person not too stoked about Loyola-Chicago's second upset of the tournament: Candace Parker, who in 2007 and 2008 led the Lady Vols to consecutive titles. We've got high-character kids, and it was a credit to them.

Sister Jean, who leads the team in a prayer before the game, revealed what she told the players before they faced the Volunteers. "I was hoping some of them would be there to greet the team because the team deserves that. That shows the spirit of Loyola, and we want to continue that".

The 1963 Loyola team won the national championship.

A Loyola student started a petition to get Sister Jean on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". She keeps an office in the Student Center where her door is always open, and she lives in one of the dorms. Athletes from multiple sports shower her with hugs.

They broke that mark two days later, when Clayton Custer's jumper got a friendly bounce off the rim with 3.6 seconds left for a win over Tennessee.

"You know how much she's praying for you", he continued.

Before the No.11 seed Ramblers faced the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes in the first round of the tournament, Sister Jean told the team to keep an eye on each of the Hurricanes due to their balanced offensive scoring, USA TODAY reports. She still found a way to follow the Ramblers.

"Oh", she said she told herself.

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