Rui Hachimura added 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting and also blocked four shots as the Bulldogs (32-4) won their 16th consecutive game and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season.
Sister Jean has been at Loyola for over a half century.
Loyola, the team with the 98-year-old chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, certainly has been charmed thus far in the NCAA Tournament. The 16th-seeded UMBC Retrievers, who became the first No. 16 seed to get to the second round of the tournament after a Friday night win over top overall seed Virginia, take on No. 9-seed Kansas State on Sunday while No. 13-seed Marshall gets a date with in-state an rival, No. 5 West Virginia.
The loss brings Tennessee's season to a close while the Ramblers advance to their second Sweet 16 in school history. Take a look at some of the best reactions to Loyola's team chaplain. Tennessee is playing at a much higher level and has an offense that should be able to deal with this Ramblers' defense. They believed, in themselves and their teammates.
'She's the biggest Loyola fan I've ever met in my entire life'.
Ramblers guard Chris Custer got a friendly roll on a tough jump shot with four seconds left to give Loyola-Chicago a 63-62 lead with four second remaining. The program has spent years in the wilderness since then. "He played a lot of minutes, and we want to get it to him, but Grant did a great job passing the ball. All we hope as coaches is that they find a place for them". We've lost leads and found ways to win games.
That's the essence of the Loyola offense, which dictates the course of every game. But this team is good enough at enough things to keep shocking the world for another week or two. The system perfectly fits the Missouri Valley Conference, a league full of offenses reliant on execution more than isolation. "They enjoyed it, and then they moved on", Moser said. "It sucks because that's the last one of the year and I wasn't out there with my brothers". Custer's victor came two days after Donte Ingram's buzzer-beating 3 from the March Madness logo beat Miami. "But now we may even go more than that".
He was right, as was Custer when he expressed a similar sentiment after Saturday's heroics.
"Anybody on our team could make a big shot down the stretch, " Custer said.
From the very beginning of the recruiting process, Westbrook told Rueck she wanted to go away to play in college. While the Hall-of-Fame Duke coach makes an effort to mix it up when talking to his ridiculously young and ridiculously loaded team, the theme never changes.
PITTSBURGH - Mikal Bridges hit five 3s, scored 23 points and helped No. 1 seed Villanova put the field on notice that it's the team to beat with an 81-58 win over ninth-seeded Alabama in an NCAA Tournament East Regional second-round game on Saturday. He stepped to the line and knocked down the ensuing free throw to put Tennessee ahead by one and set up the final possession for the Ramblers (30-5).