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Loyola of Chicago team chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt addressed several topics in a press conference Friday before the Ramblers’ Final Four clash with Michigan on Saturday.
The 98-year-old expressed her belief that God is a basketball fan, but more so college than the NBA, according to Nancy Armour of USA Today:
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We have a definitive answer on whether God is a basketball fan. “He probably is,” Sister Jean said, “and I think he’s more of an NCAA fan than an NBA fan.”
She then explained the rationale behind her opinion, per Tom Martin of KCTV5:
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SISTER JEAN 🔥 TAKE: God likes the NCAA more than the NBA because “these young players play with their heart and not for financial gain.”
Sister Jean also addressed the comments by Jalen Rose’s 100-year-old grandmother, Mary Belle Hicks, that the No. 3 Wolverines would beat the No. 11 Ramblers.
According to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, Sister Jean said: “Someone said maybe you need a pair of boxing gloves. We will see what happens.”
Rose, who played collegiately at Michigan, posted the following video on Instagram of his grandma’s bold prediction:
If Loyola-Chicago can pull off another upset, it will be the first No. 11 seed to ever reach the national championship game in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.