CHICAGO -- The Loyola Ramblers have found their way into NCAA's Sweet 16 with the help of the team's No. 1 fan and internet sensation, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt.
This is Loyola's first tournament appearance in 33 years.
Sister Jean, 98, became the team' club chaplain over two decades ago. She attends nearly every game sporting Loyola's colors, and says a prayer for the team before they take to the court, according to the NCAA.
She even predicted that this team would make it to the championship tournament this year -- she explained why on WGN Morning News:
"Well first of all, I think they are young men who have great faith in each other and faith in God firstly. They have great faith in each other. They like each other. They are a team, and if somebody isn't very hot that day, somebody else picks up. And that's happened so often."
Her undying support for the team has turned her into a viral star!
"I had so much fun. I can't tell you how much fun I had. So, it's just, it's good for Loyola. It's good for me. And I think it's great for the young men and the more publicity we get for them, I think the more confident they get," she said.
What a first week of Madness it was. pic.twitter.com/EytlnC8X2l
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 19, 2018
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2018
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 19, 2018
Loyola plays the University of Nevada, Reno, on Thursday