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Loyola Chicago head coach Porter Moser, right, consoles guard Marquise Kennedy after a Sweet 16 game against Oregon State in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Indianapolis. Oregon State won 65-58. (AP Photo / Darron Cummings)

Not even the fervent prayers of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt could help Loyola deal with the Beavers and the constantly changing defenses that coach Wayne Tinkle rolled out. The Ramblers, who played with such poise and perfection in toppling top-seeded Illinois, wound up shooting 33% from the field and 5 of 23 from beyond the arc.

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If the pregame prayer sounded more like a scouting report, it was. And if Sister Jean didn’t have any plans for next weekend, well, she does now. Loyola Chicago carried out its 101-year-old superfan’s plans to a T on Sunday, moving to the Sweet 16 with a 71-58 win over Illinois.

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Loyola Chicago center Cameron Krutwig (25) celebrates after defeating Georgia Tech 71-60 in a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Friday, March 19, 2021. (AP Photo / AJ Mast)

The breakout star and model for the most coveted bobblehead of the 2018 NCAA Tournament is now eight months beyond her 101st birthday and still serving as chaplain for the Loyola of Chicago basketball team. 

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Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, better known as Sister Jean, celebrates her birthday with fans and special guests at Loyola University on Aug. 21, 2019. (WTTW News)

Loyola University is celebrating the centennial of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, better known as Sister Jean, all week. Gov. J.B. Pritzker helped kick off celebrations Wednesday.

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Longtime Chicago sportswriter Fred Mitchell tells us about his new book as we look back at the Loyola Ramblers’ magical season – just one year ago – when they went all the way to the Final Four.

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Loyola University of Chicago's Sister Jean shows off the NCAA Final Four ring she received Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 before an NCAA college basketball game between Loyola of Chicago and Nevada. (Matt Marton / AP Photo)

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt now has a little bling to go along with the international attention she gained as the near-centenarian team chaplain during Loyola-Chicago's run to the NCAA Final Four.

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Loyola Ramblers fans cheer on the team at in Rogers Park bar Bruno’s on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

As has become the norm in the Loyola Rambler’s heart-pounding NCAA Tournament run, it came down to the final seconds on Thursday against the Nevada Wolf Pack.

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“Sister Jean? She’s our heart and soul,” said guard Marques Townes.

It’s been 33 years since Loyola University was in the NCAA Tournament. But they’re back, and dreaming of repeating the magic of the school’s 1963 national championship team.