National treasure Sister Jean wants you know she's an worldwide superstar

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

He finished with a team-high 14 points, but only two rebounds.

Time after time when speaking to groups and fans, the coach who is from the Chicago area repeatedly asked people to imagine Loyola getting back to the NCAA Tournament - and advancing.

In the locker room before the game, Sr.

"I'm sorry for Sister Jean, for busting her bracket", last-minute hero Marques Townes said, "but yeah, we're just happy to be in this position and going to the Elite 8".

The Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary made the comments in an interview courtside after the win over the Hurricanes.

She also tends to sprinkle in notes from her own scouting report, which included telling the Ramblers not to fear No. 3 seed Tennessee's size before they won, 63-62, off an incredible near-buzzer-beater. "Oh, thank God, thank God we did it, because we knew we would do it", replied Sr. When we're just working out and stuff I see him make it at maybe a 98 percent clip so before games I'm always like 'Get to that 1-2 pull-up, get to that 1-2 pull-up.'.

"Where I was for rehab, I couldn't get the picture so I watched play-by-play for every game I missed", she said with her usual smile.

Loyola has received dozens of national media requests for Sister Jean. Nine-hundred lucky fans got superb statuettes of the team's most rabid supporter. Jean said: "They share the ball, they don't care".

The team chaplain since the early 1990s, Schmidt is an institution at home games, wearing her personalized Nikes.

The nun has been at Loyola-Chicago for more than a half-century and was inducted into their Athletics Hall of Fame past year. She returned to California, where she taught school and coached basketball for 20 years, before taking a teaching job in 1961 at MundeleinCollege.

Cheerleaders wave to her. Students pop in for chats at her office in the student center. She broke her hip in late 2017 and now uses a wheelchair. "And at the end, she'll literally pray that we come out on top".

"You know how much she's praying for you", he continued. "I talk about the game to them and then they go out and play". Jean usually leads the entire crowd in a prayer before tip-off.

College basketball fans are taking notice of Sister Jean, many wondering whether her prayers will lead the Ramblers to a title.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Sister Jean was born in 1919 in San Francisco.

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

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