(San Antonio, TX) – Sister Jean is taking a break from the media. The 98-year-old nun became a sensation during Loyola-Chicago’s run through the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, praying for the Ramblers as team chaplain throughout their Cinderella run.That run ended Saturday with a 69-57 Final Four loss to Michigan and Jean left the Alamodome without giving an interview. Loyola assistant athletic communications director said she’s done for awhile so she can catch her breath. After the loss, Loyola players each came up to hug the nun, thanking her for everything.
(Charlotte, NC) – The University of Maryland-Baltimore County has pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history. UMBC routed top overall seed Virginia 74-54 in Charlotte to become the first 16 seed to beat a No. 1. The 25-10 Retrievers blew things open against the 31-3 Cavaliers in the second half after the game was tied after 20 minutes.
Jairus Lyles had a game-high 28 points for UMBC, which takes on ninth-seeded Kansas State on Sunday. The Wildcats posted a 69-59 wire-to-wire win over No. 8 Creighton despite playing without leading scorer Dean Wade. Wade had been expected to play after suffering a stress fracture in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament, but never got on the floor.
Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome netted 15 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who finish the year 31-and-3. Entering this game, number-one seeds were 135-and-0 all-time since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
(SL) – The Louisville sex scandal is back in the news after school officials met with the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee with the intention to appeal sanctions that include vacating the 2013 national championship.
Louisville called the penalties “grossly excessive” after the NCAA placed the school on four years’ probation and ordered the vacation of up to 123 victories, including the 2013 title, back in June.
Those penalties followed aninvestigation into an escort’s allegations that former staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits.
The university also announced it has filed a counter claim to Rick Pitino’s lawsuit, and is seeking monetary damages from vacated games and bonuses.