Underdog cinderella stories bring 2018 March Madness alive


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UMBC player’s following their win over one-seeded Virginia.

San Antonio, TX — Whether you are talking about Sister Jean and the roaring Ramblers or UMBC and the win that changed the history books forever, you are talking about an NCAA Tournament that people will have on their minds for quite some time.

As the round of 64 started its action on Thursday, March 15th, it didn’t take long for it to be known that this tournament would be like none other in the history of March Madness. In just the opening two days, the shake-ups began as the tournament saw major upsets. Of the upsets, a few got major media attention early like Buffalo toppling four-seeded Arizona, or Marshall making themselves known by defeating highly ranked Wichita State. Although, the biggest one came from the 11th seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers who took down the 6th seeded Miami Hurricanes in their first of several wins on the road to the schools first Final Four since 1963. However, the Ramblers have a more than unique icon that drives them, and you will not find this type of figure with if any, the majority of teams in the entire nation.

Most Cinderella type teams who make a run in the tournament have a motto or even a slogan that they are known for on their road to the Final Four. For example, Shaka Smart’s 2011 VCU Rams won their region as an 11th seed with the motto “Havoc Lives Here” because of their high-energy full-court pressure defense. However, Loyola-Chicago is not most teams. The face of the Ramblers is a 98-year-old nun named Sister Jean who now is not only a known figure in Chicago but across the entire nation. She has gone from trending on Twitter to having her own interviews done to even having her own line of signature t-shirts, socks, and bobbleheads. It may be safe to say that even among all of the madness that is March, Loyola’s team chaplain has been the biggest highlight of this entire tournament.

The renowned Sister Jean may have taken the hearts of fans all over the nation, but she is not the only one that has been making headlines. On March 16th, the one-seeded Virginia Cavaliers went into their game day preparations with the hope that they would be able to make history in the 2018 NCAA tournament. However, what they didn’t know was that the history they would be making would establish them as the first ever one-seeded team to lose in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers have the University of Maryland Baltimore County to thank for this.

The UMBC Retrievers 74-54 upset took the whole world by storm, and it was not only just a surprise to the sporting world but a complete and utter shock. As their game winded down, the social media world was blowing up, and right in the middle of the eruption were many Jackson Prep students. One of whom, Thomas Thornton, a junior, took to Twitter to share his thoughts about a few of the day’s upsets, including UMBC’s miraculous victory.

UMBC then did lose in the Round-of-32 to Kansas State, but at that point, the damage was already done. The Retrievers had to overcome the many doubters and non-believers in their brand to get there, but in the end, they stamped their name in the record books, and no one can ever take away from them the fact that the 2018 NCAA Tournament was their year to put the “Madness” in March Madness.