A religious sister who is the longtime chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team credited the pregame prayer and the players' solid teamwork for the Ramblers' thrilling, last-second 64-62 win over the University of Miami in the NCAA Tournament on March 15. Whether it be the argument that athletes should be getting paid or the narrative that College Basketball struggles to draw good ratings because of the one-and-done mentality of the pro-ready athlete, there always seems to be negative press for the NCAA.
In theory, the Ramblers still appear to be the biggest underdog in Atlanta since they remain the lowest seed.
Jim Larranaga's George Mason team caught fire in the Washington D.C. regional as they knocked off sixth-seeded Michigan State and third-seeded, defending champion North Carolina to advance to the Sweet 16. "They believe. We've come back from deficits". "We go in tomorrow with the mentality we're going to win another game. You're good at everything, and just keep that in mind".
Their loss to 11th-seeded Loyola was just about the only time Tennessee didn't meet expectations all season.
The third US president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence might never have founded the University of Virginia had he known the Cavaliers would become the first men's No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed - by 20 points.
A computer science professor at the University of Illinois, Jacobson has developed a formula that predicts NCAA Tournament upsets twice as often as someone picking winners at random.
College basketball still has its superpowers.
No. 5 Kentucky vs. That allows the mid-majors to rescue high-end talent stuck on a power school's bench.
Loyola won 18 games last season, their second-highest total in a decade and fourth-highest since 1985, the year of their last NCAA Tournament appearance.
The single-elimination format puts massive pressure on favored teams.
After leading Florida State past Xavier, Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton spoke eloquently about this competitive landscape.
As Moser spoke, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt was in the hallway of the American Airlines Center accepting congratulations and graciously posing for selfies.
Moser, an assistant coach for the late Rick Majerus at Saint Louis before that, recalls only a couple hundred people at games, and his family walking through the student union with more people there than in the basketball arena. I thought she was just going to pray.
Five months later, Loyola is 30-5 (the most wins in program history) and two wins away from the Final Four. He shot 38 percent from deep, played much bigger than his 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame on a team that needed size and was invaluable on both ends of the court. "I'm a very fortunate man", he said. Sometimes when the games are close, that's all that's important. "And when you finally get that open shot, you start second-guessing it because you haven't got an open shot the whole game. There are teams that find a way in that moment to get that message and emotional challenge or advantage and they make plays, and that's why I think the NCAA tournament is the greatest sporting event of all sports".