This game is not about superstition, it’s not about an 8 year old girl or a 98 year old nun. These are both great stories and they are stories that create a story line but they are not determining factors in a win or loss for either team. Fans love stories and what’s not to love here? Both Nevada and Loyola are great stories and both are underrated basketball teams, however, Nevada should be no surprise, they have been good all year long and they have the record to prove it. The Wolf Pack, has been ranked in the top 25 all year long as well and they deserve to be where they are. They earned it fair and square, they should be no surprise whatsoever. They are not a Cinderella, they are not some obscure and unknown team. They certainly are not Duke or Kentucky but they are a very good basketball team and they will be tough to beat tonight.
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“Sister Jean” has become a celebrity for Loyola and again, it’s a great story, it’s fun and it adds to the drama of the Sweet 16.
“I say a prayer, but sometimes there’s a little more than talking to God in the prayer,” Sister Jean said on “Good Morning America” this week. “We wanna be sure that, when the buzzer goes off, the numbers indicate that we get the big W. I pray for the other team, perhaps not as hard.”
Nevada has a celebrity in their own right with the coach’s 8 year old daughter. She has become the unofficial mascot for the team cheering them on to two, come from behind victories over Texas in overtime and then on Sunday over the Cincinnati Bearcats. Marias father know what he is facing in Loyola.
“They’re a really, really well-coached team that presents a lot of problems. To beat Miami, to beat Tennessee … this team is really good,” Musselman said. “They have a freshman center who was freshman of the year in their conference. They have the player of the year from their conference and they have a bunch of really good shooters.”
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Head coach Porter Moser knows that going up against and better yet, defeating Nevada is not going to be easy. It’s an uphill battle that his team faces and he knows what he must do.
“We’ve got our foot on the pedal,” Coach Porter Moser told the Chicago Tribune. “We feel like we’re chasing. We’re going to chase some more. We’ve got to chase Nevada. We’re going to be the underdog in this game, and we’re going to chase ’em.”
This game is going to be a fun matchup and Loyola has one goal; one game at a time. Check out the latest odds with your favorite bookie and enjoy this one.
Prediction: Nevada 94 Loyola 76