A war of words has already began between Michigan and Loyola-Chicago before their Final Four meeting Saturday. And it was started by someone with two more years of life experience than Sister Jean.
Jalen Rose’s grandmother, Mary Belle Hicks, had a message for Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt — Loyola-Chicago’s team chaplain and the star of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Rose posted a video to his Instagram on Sunday of Hicks telling Sister Jean that the Ramblers’ Cinderella run will end on Saturday against Michigan.
“Jean, it’s been a good ride, but it’s over Saturday. Go Blue!,” said Hicks, who is 100 years old, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Jalen Rose’s grandmother tells Sister Jean Michigan will end Loyola’s run
Sister Jean, who is 98, has become a celebrity during Loyola-Chicago’s improbable run to the Final Four. Though, not quite everyone knows who she is.
Rose, meanwhile, has just as much confidence in Michigan as his grandmother.
“This is an exciting time,” Rose, a former Michigan/NBA star told Land of 10 earlier in the tournament. “I think this is a John Beilein-coached team, and what I mean by that is everyone knows about his pace-and-space offense and his ability to recruit players that really love to shoot the three, but I love the amount of discipline and patience that they approach possessions with, that they approach games with.”