Rambling into History: Even opponents tipped their cap to the Ramblers


Jordan Poole takes a moment to give his praise of Loyola’s team to Sister Jean after Michigan’s 69-57 win over Loyola on March 31st. (Courtesy: Twitter/@NCAAMarchMadness)

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SAN ANTONIO – Making a run to the Final Four as a small school from a mid-major conference with a nun as your biggest fan, a lot of people are going to latch on.

That was the case for Loyola, who received praise both locally and nationally during their unlikely run to the National Semifinal on Saturday. Their magical run ended as an 11th seed ended at the Alamodome, as Michigan overwhelmed the Ramblers in the final 12 minutes to win it 69-57 to end Loyola’s season.

Even with the defeat, the praise came from everywhere for the Ramblers, who certainly earned some fans over the course of a few weeks.

You would expect these greetings from the professional team in Chicago, but the one big of gratitude they got after their loss Saturday surprised everybody.

On his way to the locker room after the victory, Michigan guard Jordan Poole made sure to catch up to Sister Jean, Loyola’s beloved team chaplain. He stopped her for just a moment, and gave his praise to the team for their run to the Final Four.

Poole’s gesture made the rounds quickly on Social Media, and is an example of the far-reaching effects of this championship run – even to the team that brought the magic to an end.


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