NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Loyola maintains magical run to go to Sweet 16

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At least that's one way to look at what happened to Tennessee at the close of its 63-62 loss to the Ramblers in the second round of the South Regional on Saturday night. Loyola will play the Cincinnati-Nevada victor in the regional semifinals Thursday in Atlanta.

But Tennessee's Hail Mary of a shot rimmed out.

College basketball fans are taking notice of Sister Jean, many wondering whether her prayers will lead the Ramblers to a title.

It wasn't quite the shot heard round the world, but Clayton Custer's game-winner for Loyola on Saturday night certainly traveled up I-35 from Texas to Kansas City.

Tennessee went on a 14-2 run, which was capped by Grant Williams' jumper, which drew a foul.

Talk about Blue Heaven, even if Sister Jean won't be saying any prayers for United Kingdom if Loyola reaches Saturday's regional final.

Custer came through with his clutch shot on the next possession. "She's just a blessing", Ramblers coach Porter Moser said.

"We did a good job this year when it comes to putting kind of Tennessee back on the map", Williams said. "We've lost leads and found ways to win games".

"I scout the opponents, and then just tell them who to watch out for", says 98-year-old Sister Jean.

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After the game, freshman Cameron Krutwig had only one explanation for Loyola's thrilling wins.

"We're gonna have to prove Sister Jean wrong on this one".

The Ramblers knew their game against a talented and physical SEC team was going to be a "dogfight", especially since size was not in their favor. Tennessee's Admiral Schofield ended a 2:30 Volunteers scoring drought by hitting a 3-pointer with about 3:49 seconds remaining in the game.

A team that had stayed remarkably healthy all season got some bad luck at the wrong time when a hip injury prevented 6-foot-11 forward Kyle Alexander from playing against Loyola. As a team, Loyola shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent beyond the arc compared to Tennessee, which shot 45.5 percent and 36 percent.

"We've got a lot of guys coming back, all but one, and they can use it as a catalyst to want to get back here and try to go deeper and further". "We're going to have to prove her wrong, for sure", Custer told TNT in a postgame interview.

The fifth-seeded Wildcats (26-10) led by only five points with just over eight minutes left in the game before closing out the game on a 23-8 run.

Rui Hachimura added 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting and also blocked four shots as the Bulldogs (32-4) won their 16th consecutive game and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season.

They will take on No. 6 seed Miami on Thursday in the first round of the Big Dance, and while they will enter the game as an underdog, Sister Jean's impact will be felt both on and off the court. Before the tournament, they were pegged as a trendy upset pick thanks to their Missouri Valley Conference championship, an RPI that ranked 28th nationally and a nonconference win at Florida - the nation's 23rd-ranked team and the East Region's sixth seed - and through two rounds, they've showed that those credentials were no fluke.

After recovering from Tennessee's early surge, Loyola took a late first-half lead that it did not relinquish until late.

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