It’s official: Loyola-Chicago’s men’s basketball team has even outstripped Sister Jean’s expectations.
With their 69 -6 8 win over Nevada on Thursday evening in Atlanta, the Ramblers- one of this year’s Cinderella teams- advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.
And they also busted the bracket of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98 -year-old Ramblers team chaplain who had her favorite squad advancing merely to the Sweet 16.
“I already told them as they came off the court,’ Great game, ’ and one of them, Clayton Custer, said to me’ We transgressed your bracket, Sister Jean, ’” she told USA Today after Thursday’s win. “I said,’ I don’t care that you transgressed my bracket, I’m ready for the next one.’”
“I don’t care that you violated my bracket.”
Loyola continued its improbable run when Marques Townes sank a 3-pointer from in front of the Ramblers’ bench, extending the team’s lead to four phases with simply seconds left to play.
In all, Townes scored 18 phases as Loyola won the NCAA South Regional semifinal.
“I think Marcus Townes is the best player on the court tonight, ” Loyola guard Custer told. “I don’t even think it was close, either. I am so happy for him. He is such a good basketball player and such a good person, I am just so happy he dominated video games tonight and he resulted us.
“This is unbelievable. Feels like a dream.”
The win leaves the No. 11 th-seeded Ramblers one victory from a Final Four appearance in San Antonio.
Next up: Loyola( 31 -5) will play in Saturday’s regional final in Atlanta against the win of the Kansas State-Kentucky game.
Busted bracket or not, you can bet that Sister Jean will be there.
The Associated Press contributed to this story .
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