This Sunday, November 24, the 1963 Loyola Ramblers will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. They’re the first team in history to go in as a group. The Hall of Fame blurb tells what readers of Ramblers know too well: the 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. . . ”
Actually they defeated three all-white teams in the tournament, Tennessee Tech, Mississippi State, and Duke. Their 69-point margin over Tennessee Tech (111-42) remains an NCAA tournament record.
Also entering the Hall of Fame this year (among others) are Elvin Hayes, Purdue coach Gene Keady, and Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to an NCAA championship in 1985.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 PM Sunday at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. Here’s more info from Loyola and the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.