SAN ANTONIO (AP) — With the words "Sister Jean is in the building,'" the Day Before the Games at the Final Four is officially underway.

Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt of Loyola-Chicago kicked off a day full of interviews Friday, holding court for 15 minutes in front of a room jam packed with reporters.

The 98-year-old nun has become the sensation of March Madness, blending her words of wisdom with a superfan's love of the Ramblers — the 11th-seeded team from Loyola-Chicago that plays Michigan on Saturday in the next step on an improbable run to the cusp of the national title.

Among Sister Jean's pearls of wisdom: Yes, God cares about basketball, and really about the college version more than the NBA. Why? "These young players are playing for their hearts, and not for any financial assistance," she says.

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