Miami Hurricanes fail to put Loyola away lose on last second shot

The most excited Loyola fan might just be 98-year-old chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt after the Ramblers upset No. 6 seed Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday.

Her pregame prayer with the team was once characterized by an ESPN writer as a mix of prayer, scouting report and motivational speech.

Her story is well-documented: A basketball player in her youth, Sister Jean was part of the sport at a time when the court was divided into separate sections for women, with players restricted to specific roles. But the Hurricanes committed 16 turnovers and eight of the Ramblers' 26 field goals were treys, the last Ingram's game victor.

"For our players and our staff the major concern is, anybody that can go on the road and win in Gainesville in the non-conference and beat the University of Florida on their home court-that says an bad lot about their capability".

Said Townes: "I think that's one of our competitive advantages. You just kind of had a feeling that if we got the ball with the last shot, we were going to make it". "I ask that there be no injuries, and that the referees call plays fairly for each team, and that we have to keep focused".

'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. The KenPom advanced rankings have them as the 40th-best team in the country-just two slots behind the Miami team they dispatched.

After the game, Ingram and Sister Jean shared a celebratory hug 25 years in the making. "She's got an unbelievable energy level to her that I connect with". Players say she leaves individualized notes for each of them at the bottom of those emails.

"Chicago is buzzing like insane", coach Porter Moser said. So while she filled out a "Cinderella" bracket - one that had the Ramblers winning the national championship - her "real" bracket had things going a bit differently.

#12 South Dakota State 73 #5 Ohio State 81: Despite many people looking at this as a potential upset, the Buckeyes pulled through against a tough team with Keita Bates-Diop, Kam Williams and C.J. Jackson all scoring over 20 points, combining for 66. She broke her hip in late 2017 and now uses a wheelchair.

But shots by Marques Townes and Krutwig missed the mark.

"We knew we had to pick it up in the second half and be more aggressive and our press definitely helped", Tennessee senior guard Jaime Nared said. The 11th-seeded Ramblers have won 11 straight.

The Ramblers' average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.4, down from 9.9 for the season.

Now we'll see if they can do it. Loyola fouled Walker, and he went to the line for a one-and-one.

Said Schofield:"Well for us that's hard to compete with".

PITTSBURGH-E.C. Matthews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and the seventh-seeded Rams (26-7) topped dynamic scorer Trae Young (28 points) and the Sooners (18-14).

"It went through the net and then I just..."

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