Buzzer-beater lifts Loyola-Chicago over Miami in thrilling upset


The Ramblers have been able to crack two terrific defensive teams in their two tournament wins.

A former basketball player before becoming a nun, she was once a grade school teacher and ran girls sports programs.

She has become an global star over the course of the weekend as Loyola advanced to the Sweet 16, and it's hard not to love her.

As has become tradition, Loyola players rushed to the edge of the court to hug Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt in her wheelchair. She's been the darling of the tournament so far and also gives the team well-wishes and advice.

Right after the game ended, with Loyola winning 64-62, Smith was interviewed by TruTV, sharing her in-depth knowledge of the underdog team.

"I've seen him make a 1-2 dribble pull-up probably a million times", Richardson said. They are a very talented team that can score points in many ways, and their 49% shooting performance is an accomplishment very few teams have been able to achieve against Cincinnati's stifling defense. "She's not just for basketball, obviously".

From the TNT broadcast: "The team found out that Sister Jean has a bracket, but she got Loyola-Chicago losing in the Sweet 16".

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That comeback was the second-biggest in tournament history, so the "R" word has been used a lot for Nevada as they prepare for their South Region semifinal against Loyola on Thursday.

This time it was Clayton Custer sinking a jumper, one that hit rim, then backboard and some more rim before going in, with 3.6 seconds left and the Ramblers surviving a last gasp three attempt by Jordan Bone to get the win. May her ruthless spirit be an example to us all. "The way she prays for us, the way she smiles".

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.

Sr. Jean has been the team's chaplain since 1994. She returned to California, where she taught school and coached basketball for 20 years, before taking a teaching job in 1961 at MundeleinCollege.

"She's like another coach", senior Donte Ingram told SB Nation. The junior forward did record a double-double in the first round OT win against Texas, and he is having a stellar season, posting an average of 18.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

You can learn all about her here.

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.