Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY
Printed 5: 41 p.m. ET Feb. 12, 2021 | Up to date 5: 48 p.m. ET Feb. 12, 2021
Sister Jean is coming to ESPN’s School GameDay.
Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, a spiritual sister of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a chaplain for the Loyola -Chicago males’s basketball crew, first turned a global phenomenon all thru the Ramblers’ shock traipse to the NCAA Last Four in 2018. Fans were captivated by the nun’s spunk, vitality and cheeriness.
Now she returns to the stage to help preview Loyola’s two-sport weekend collection at Drake in a matchup of the Missouri Valley Conference’s top two groups.
Sister Jean, who turned 101 in 2020, shall be half of host Rece Davis and analysts Jay Bilas, LaPhonso Ellis and Seth Greenberg on Saturday for School GameDay on ESPN, beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Her segment will air all thru the first half of of the hour-long exhibit.
Following the published, the Ramblers and the Bulldogs will play a nationally televised sport at noon ET on ESPN2. Sunday’s sport, slated for a 3 p.m. ET tipoff, can even air on ESPN2.
In August when Sister Jean turned 101, Loyola held a digital celebration so students, alumni and fans might need her ecstatic birthday. She mentioned her birthday wishes, coming all thru the middle of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, were rather easy: Wash your fingers. Social distance. And, most of all, wear a mask.
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Loyola (17-3, 12-1 MVC) is ranked No. 23 on this week’s Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll. The Ramblers, who’re off to their most productive launch up thru 20 video games since 1965-66 (18-2), are also ranked No. 22 within the Associated Press Top 25 — their first ranking in that pollsince 1985.
Drake (19-1, 10-1 MVC) received 23 votes on this week’s Coaches Poll after falling from their No. 25 ranking of the previous week. The Bulldogs received 18 votes on this week’s AP ballot.
In USA TODAY Sports’ most modern bracketology, Drake was assigned a No. 6 seed while Loyola had a No.11 seed.
Contributing: Nancy Armour