The 98-year-old chaplain for Loyola-Chicago had become a universally enjoyed figure during the Ramblers' Cinderella run to the Final Four, a combination of gentle and genteel, that the collective internet had deemed as "Actually Good" - a rarity for these divisive times in which we live.
"I didn't know we were supposed to say a prayer with Sister Jean", Custer said. She also thinks that girls have a better chance at long-term wrestling success - like making it to the Women's National Championships - if they're able to compete against each other at a young age instead of having to compete against boys. So it's probably a good thing that the Ramblers and Moser have had a week to address it.
"It's been a hectic couple of weeks, but I wouldn't trade it for anything", said MI senior Duncan Robinson.
Take it easy, Doc.
Regardless of what happens tonight, it has been an incredible run for the Wolverines. It was as if they had never been apart, she said.
Not rooting for Loyola, are you?
Loyola has won the NCAA tournament once, more than 50 years ago in 1963, but has been invited back to the tournament only five times since then, three of those in the 1960s and the latest in 1985, when they advanced to the Sweet 16. For every road game, they go through the giant-paper ritual.
"If Luke were still at Illinois State, it'd be Loyola all the way". Loyola went 2-3 in those games, including 1-2 in Missouri Valley Conference action, but since his return, the Ramblers are 21-1 and for the season are 30-2 with the conference player of the year in the lineup. By proving ourselves on college basketball's biggest stage Loyola has arrived into its own as a university that commands respect and demands to be taken seriously on a national level.
This uncertainty has turned even the most optimistic supporter into a Doubting Thomas, the skeptical apostle of Jesus who declared, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe". "We're not really banking on just winning the game by 3s".
"It's a zoo", he reported. His athleticism combined with his deep shot (shooting 38 percent from three on the season) give him an excellent skill-set for the National Basketball Association. "Sister Jean, that's another story".
This isn't the first NCAA Tournament matchup between the Wolverines and Sister Jean's Ramblers. La Salle native Ann Wayland Cook of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"She is a force inside, a tremendous player", McGraw said. Last week, a reporter called Sister Jean a national sensation. They are a team built to hang with the big dawgs, but these might be the two biggest tests in program history.
At the other end, Shawn Zavsza of Oglesby is a native of Taylor, Mich., who bleeds blue and maize and is decidedly less conflicted about Loyola-Michigan than Quesse, for example. La Salle native Luke Yaklich, an assistant basketball coach for the University of MI, seen here with wife Amy and children Olivia, Griffin and Taylor, has many of us setting aside Big 10 rivalries and cheering on the local boy.
This Final Four, however, is a little extra special. He's is betting on a tight game. "They are very good at shooting the three ball". Just remember they're more than a fun Sister act.
"You guys around here - and really the rest of the country - are finally learning what we all have known for years in the greater Chicago area", said Nuncio, a 1980 alum of Loyola of Chicago University.
Judge Eugene Daugherity isn't so sure.
Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt has added a completely new, unexpected and, yes, wonderful twist to the proceedings.
How to Villanova vs. Kansas in the Final Four? . Michigan, he observed, lost a February 6 match with a Northwestern team that favorably compares to the Ramblers, giving Loyola a blueprint for another upset.