Ramblers get small heroes’ welcome on their way to the Sweet Sixteen

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CHICAGO -- The Ramblers returned to a police escort and cheers from fans welcoming the Sweet Sixteen-bound team home Sunday as their underdog story continues in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Loyola beat No. 3 seed Tennessee 63-62 in dramatic fashion Saturday after guard Clayton Custer scored with just ten seconds left on the clock. It was the team's second upset of the tournament after also beating Miami in the first round.

Back on campus in Rogers Park, students continued celebrating much of the night. The Bulldog Ale House near campus went crazy as the Ramblers made the winning shot. Hundreds of students and fans welcomed them back to campus Sunday night.

Perhaps no one prayed harder for the team's success than 98-year-old Sister Jean, the team's chaplain, who prays with the team before every single game. Loyola fans believe she has direct access to a higher power.

Loyola's next game will be Thursday in Atlanta against either Nevada and Cincinnati. The team says they want fans to buy their tickets because they need support in the stands.