Michigan not familiar with Loyola’s sister act – ‘no disrespect’

James Hawkins
The Detroit News
Loyola Chicago's Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt

Los Angeles – Michigan knows it will be playing Loyola Chicago in the national semifinal next weekend, but not all of them are familiar with Sister Jean, the 98-year-old chaplain who has become a media sensation and dominated headlines during the Ramblers’ surprise tournament run.

When redshirt sophomore wing Charles Matthews, the West Region’s Most Outstanding Player, was asked about Sister Jean, he looked to coach John Beilein for a lifeline before admitting the name didn’t ring a bell.

“I don't really know who she is,” Matthews said. “I don't know who Sister Jean is, no disrespect.”

Junior center Moritz Wagner and senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman said they have both seen Sister Jean’s name and face all over social media, but don’t know much about her.

“I know that she didn't have Loyola Chicago in the Elite Eight. I know that,” Wagner said of the bracket she filled out before the tournament. “She was on my Instagram a lot in the last days.”

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Michigan vs. Loyola Chicago

Tip-off: Saturday, 6:09 p.m., Alamodome, San Antonio

TV/radio: TBS/950 AM

Records: No. 3 seed Michigan 32-7; No. 11 seed Loyola Chicago 32-5

Up next: Winner advances to Monday’s national championship game against Villanova-Kansas winner.