1963 Loyola University Team
1963 Loyola University Team Team
Inducted in 2013
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee N/A
The 1962-63 Loyola basketball team overcame tremendous racial pressures to defeat heavily favored Cincinnati in the NCAA championship game. For the first time in the game's history, seven of the 10 starters on the court at the beginning of the game were black. Down by 15 in their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, the Ramblers climbed back into the game and won on a buzzer-beater by Vic Rouse in overtime. Along the way, they defeated two all-white teams, including Mississippi State, which ignored a court order and traveled to play the game against Loyola.
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