1963 men's basketball team to be honored for role in the Game of Change
CHICAGO - The 1963 Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team will be presented with the Living Legends Award at the sports banquet as part of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual Convention, on July 9 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. Members of Loyola's 1963 squad will be in attendance along with players from the Mississippi State squad that faced the Ramblers on March 15 of that season in the famous Game of Change.
During its magical run to the 1963 NCAA championship, the Loyola men's basketball team played one of the most important games in college basketball history when it faced Mississippi State in an NCAA Regional semifinal contest in East Lansing, Mich.
Because Loyola fielded an integrated team that featured four African-Americans in its starting lineup, Mississippi State was forbidden to play the game according to an unwritten state law that forbid games against integrated squads. Bound and determined to have his team play the contest, Mississippi State head coach Babe McCarthy snuck his team out of town before it could be served an injunction by Gov. Ross Barnett.