Sister Jean is at it once more.
Loyola College Chicago’s males’s basketball group, the no. eight seed of their area, defeated top-seeded Illinois, 71-58, within the second spherical of the NCAA Division I event on Sunday. With the intra-state win, the Ramblers will advance to their second Candy 16 in simply 4 years.
The 2018 Loyola squad, an 11-seed, went on a surprising run to the Ultimate 4 that yr. A Cinderella story, they captured the hearts and minds of hoops followers throughout the nation, in no small half due to the presence of the group’s beloved, now 101-year-old chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, who delivered a pregame prayer (full with a name for a robust rebounding efficiency) earlier than Sunday’s matchup with Illinois.
Loyola’s gamers will probably give Sister Jean her due credit score, however the Ramblers, who could have deserved a better seed than they received this yr, are now not only a feel-good story that will likely be happy with a second-round upset. Illinois was a title contender, and Loyola was in management for a lot of the recreation, leaping out to a 9-2 lead that by no means went away, thanks, largely, to stellar performances from heart Cameron Krutwig and guard Lucas Williamson, two seniors who’re holdovers from the 2018 group. They scored 21 and 14 factors, respectively, whereas going toe-to-toe with Illinois stars Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu. Tim O’Donnell