SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Latest on the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament (all times local):
With the words “Sister Jean is in the building,'” the Day Before the Games at the Final Four is officially underway.
Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt of Loyola-Chicago kicked off a day full of interviews Friday, holding court for 15 minutes in front of a room jam packed with reporters.
The 98-year-old nun has become the sensation of March Madness, blending her words of wisdom with a superfan’s love of the Ramblers — the 11th-seeded team from Loyola-Chicago that plays Michigan on Saturday in the next step on an improbable run to the cusp of the national title.
Among Sister Jean’s pearls of wisdom: Yes, God cares about basketball, and really about the college version more than the NBA. Why? “These young players are playing for their hearts, and not for any financial assistance,” she says.
Sure, the Final Four teams are practicing in San Antonio the day before their semifinals in the NCAA Tournament.
But the biggest event on Good Friday might be a news conference with Loyola-Chicago’s own Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt.
The nun who serves as chaplain and writes scouting reports for her teams is meeting with a huge contingent of reporters as she’s become the personality of this tournament.
Players for the Ramblers, plus Michigan, Villanova and Kansas are practicing on Friday and getting used to the court where they’ll play on Saturday night for a shot at the NCAA title.
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