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25 March, 2018

"The ball bounced on the rim and I got a good bounce".

The #7 Nevada Wolfpack will take on the #11 Loyola Chicago Ramblers in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night from the Philips Arena.

But she has the Ramblers losing in the Sweet 16. which means now they have to prove their biggest fan wrong.

"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. The Wolfpack trailed by 22 points with 11 minutes remaining, and they finished with a 49% field goal efficiency while holding the Bearcats to a 41% clip from the field.

About 500 fans greeted the Ramblers on Sunday as they returned to campus from Dallas.

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The Missouri Valley champions broke the school record for wins set by the 1963 NCAA championship team.

Schmidt will lead the pregame prayer again Saturday when 11th-seeded Loyola plays No. 3 seed Tennessee looking for a repeat of its last NCAA trip. "But I have a second bracket, which I call the Cinderella dream bracket, where I have them going to the final game". "He makes it like a 98 percent clip". Returning to California after entering the convent in Iowa - she joined the order in 1937 when she was 18 - she taught elementary school and volunteered as a coach in public schools in Los Angeles when she was teaching in that city. The Wolfpack defeated Texas and Cincinnati in their two tournament games, and the Ramblers defeated Miami and Tennessee in their path to this contest. She leads the team in prayer, and gives them her feedback and guidance on their play before most games.

Late-arriving fans waiting for crowd favorite Texas Tech in the late game joined the raucous Ramblers supporters wearing maroon-and-gold scarfs and standing nearly the entire game in sections across the court from their team's bench. I think we've had resolve. Aundre Jackson was terrific for the second straight game, notching a team-high 16 points on a 5 for 7 shooting performance. "And on the national stage, we know there's so many loyal fans that have come up to us, that have been fans since '63, the national championship team, and they're so proud of us". Schofield scored 14 for Tennessee.

"Sister Jean is our team chaplain and she's our comfort blanket, " Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser told USA TODAY Sports.

For this reason, the first game of the regional semifinals is one of the more intriguing of the slate.


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