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Loyola Upsets Nevada

NOEL KING, HOST:

Now, we've got a quick update on March Madness. The 11th-seeded Loyola Ramblers are one of the biggest surprises of the NCAA men's basketball tournament this year.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Yesterday, Loyola Chicago scored a victory against the University of Nevada to advance to the tournament's Elite Eight. Not only is the team an unexpected contender, they also have a breakout star - their 98-year-old team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt. You might know her as just Sister Jean.

KING: Earlier this week, I talked to Sister Jean about Loyola's success and how she starts every game with a team prayer.

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JEAN DOLORES-SCHMIDT: Good and gracious God, we need your help, and sometimes we need it more than ever. And that's what's happening to us in the NCAA.

INSKEEP: Talk about the power of prayer. Last night, the Ramblers won with a three-point shot in the last 10 seconds of the game. Brian Anderson called the game for CBS.

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BRIAN ANDERSON: He kicks it, Townes for three - yes, sir.

(CHEERING)

INSKEEP: OK. Now, Sister Jean herself admitted that her own NCAA Tournament bracket did not even have Loyola going this far. But she told CBS Sports she wasn't too worked up about that.

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DOLORES-SCHMIDT: I said, I don't care that you broke my bracket. I'm ready for the next one.

KING: Loyola University Chicago faces off against the ninth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats tomorrow night, and Sister Jean will be right there on the sidelines.

(SOUNDBITE OF DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK'S "THIS ADVICE") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.