Plaque commemorating 1963 Men's Basketball Team on the side of the Alumni Gym
The Loyola Ramblers are the varsity sports teams of Loyola University Chicago. Most teams compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. Notable athletes from Loyola have included middle-distance runner Tom O'Hara and basketball players Mike Novak, Jerry Harkness, Les Hunter, Wayne Sappleton, Alfredrick Hughes, LaRue Martin, Keir Rogers and Blake Schilb.
Loyola University Chicago sponsors teams in seven men's and eight women's NCAA sanctioned sports:
The 1962-1963 men's basketball team, led by coach George Ireland, won the 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, by defeating the University of Cincinnati, 60-58, in the title game. Walter Victor Rouse tipped in the winning bucket to win the game. Loyola is the only school in Illinois that has ever won an NCAA basketball championship. Moreover, Loyola made it to the finals of the National Invitation Tournaments (NIT), in 1939 and 1949 and the 'Sweet Sixteen' of the 1964 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and 1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
In 2013, the Ramblers were defeated by the UCI Anteaters 0–3 (24-26, 18–25, 27–29) in the first semifinal of the NCAA championships on May 2, 2013 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Loyola will host the Championships in 2014.