Sister Jean, the 98 year old chaplain of the Loyola Ramblers, watches during the first half against the Miami Hurricanes in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at American Airlines Center on March 15, 2018.  Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Nevada and Chicago-Loyola are both very big stories heading into the Sweet 16, but they also both feature some non-basketball characters — Sister Jean and Mariah Musselman — that have become the stars of the NCAA Tournament.

For Loyola, Sister Jean has become an overnight, international sensation — nobody was talked about more on Twitter than this 98-year-old nun and team chaplain. Mariah Musselman, the eight-year-old daughter of Nevada head coach Eric Musselman, has been charming the heck out of folks for her interviewing skills.

The two superstars will come together for a special pre-game interview on CBS Thursday ahead of the Sweet 16 game between the two schools.

According to Siobhan McAndrew and Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal, Mariah will start by asking Sister Jean, “Why do you like being a nun?”

It should be fantastic, but we’re betting Mariah will be dealing with a case of the butterflies.

“I get very emotional during the games. It’s really hard for me to watch,” she said. “Sometimes I don’t even watch, but I put my wolf up because the wolf is lucky,” she said demonstrating the hand symbol with her pointer finger and pinky pointing up. "Every time I put the wolf up they’ve made it.”

Tune in Thursday ahead of the 7:07 p.m. ET tip-off to see Mariah interview Sister Jean, right before the Wolfpack take on Loyola in Atlanta for the first of eight Sweet 16 games.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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