1962–63 Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team

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1962–63 Loyola Ramblers men's basketball
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP No. 3
1962–63 record 29–2
Head coach George Ireland
Assistant coach Jerry Lyne
Seasons

The 1962–63 Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team represented Loyola University Chicago. The head coach was George Ireland. The Ramblers were the 1963 NCAA Tournament Champions, defeating top-ranked and two-time defending champion Cincinnati Bearcats in a 60–58 overtime contest. The team was notable in that it broke the so-called "gentlemen's agreement" amongst coaches in which no more than two black players would be on the floor at one time (and in some road games, black players would have to rotate so that only one of them was playing at any given moment): the Ramblers would regularly have three or four black starters, paving the way for the 1965-66 Texas Western Miners men's basketball team who would finally put the "agreement" to rest and have an all-black starting five.[1]

On July 11, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their championship, surviving members of Loyola's team were honored by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the Oval Office of the White House. It also was announced that the entire team would be inducted in the College Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony scheduled for November 2013.

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Year Home Town
Dan Connaughton 34 Sophomore Hamilton,OH
John Egan 11 Guard 5–10 Junior Chicago, IL
Jerry Harkness 15 Forward 6–3 Senior Bronx, NY
Les Hunter 41 Center 6–7 Junior Nashville, TN
Earl Johnson 30 Sophomore
Ron Miller 42 Guard 6–2 Junior Bronx, NY
Jim Reardon 33 Senior
Pablo Robertson Guard 5–7 Sophomore Bronx, NY
Rich Rochelle 10 Center 6–9 Junior
Vic Rouse 40 Forward 6–6 Junior Nashville, TN
Billy Smith 24 Forward 6–5 Sophomore
Chuck Wood 23 Junior

Schedule[edit]

[2]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
1962/12/01*
no, no
No. 4 Christian Brothers W 114–58  1–0
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
1962/12/03*
no, no
No. 4 North Dakota W 110–56  2–0
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
1962/12/10*
no, no
No. 4 Milwaukee W 107–47  3–0
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
1962/12/15*
no, no
No. 4 South Dakota W 105–58  4–0
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
1962/12/17*
no, no
No. 4 Western Michigan W 123–102  5–0
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
1962/12/19*
no, no
No. 4 at Indiana W 106–94  6–0
Gladstein Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, IN
1962/12/22*
no, no
No. 4 #10 Seattle W 93–83  7–0
Chicago Stadium 
Chicago, IL
1962/12/26*
no, no
No. 3 Arkansas W 81–62  8–0
Municipal Auditorium 
Oklahoma City, Okla.
1962/12/27*
no, no
No. 3 Memphis State W 94–82  9–0
Municipal Auditorium 
Oklahoma City, Okla.
1962/12/28*
no, no
No. 3 Wyoming W 93–82  10–0
Municipal Auditorium 
Oklahoma City, Okla.
1962/12/31*
no, no
No. 3 Dayton W 74–69  11–0
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
1963/01/03*
no, no
No. 2 Marshall W 103–58  12–0
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
1963/01/05*
no, no
No. 2 Loyola (LA) W 88–53  13–0
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
1963/01/08*
no, no
No. 2 at Marquette W 87–68  14–0
 
Milwaukee, WI
1963/01/10*
no, no
No. 2 at Western Michigan W 107–69  15–0
University Arena 
Kalamazoo, MI
1963/01/19*
no, no
No. 2 at Kent State W 96–55  16–0
Memorial Gymnasium 
Kent, OH
1963/01/21*
no, no
No. 2 at Ohio W 80–72  17–0
Grover Center 
Athens, OH
1963/01/26*
no, no
No. 2 Santa Clara W 82–72  18–0
Chicago Stadium 
Chicago, IL
1963/01/31*
no, no
No. 2 Washington (MO) W 118–58  19–0
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
1963/02/02*
no, no
No. 2 Iowa W 86–68  20–0
Chicago Stadium 
Chicago, IL
1963/02/12*
no, no
No. 2 Marquette W 92–90OT  21–0
Chicago Stadium 
Chicago, IL
1963/02/16*
no, no
No. 2 at Bowling Green L 75–92  21–1
Anderson Arena 
Bowling Green, OH
1963/02/18*
no, no
No. 2 at St. John's W 70–47  22–1
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
1963/02/23*
no, no
No. 3 at Houston W 62–58  23–1
Jeppesen Gymnasium 
Houston, TX
1963/02/27*
no, no
No. 3 Ohio W 114–94  24–1
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
1963/03/02*
no, no
No. 3 #8 Wichita State L 72–73  24–2
Chicago Stadium 
Chicago, IL
NCAA Tournament
1963/03/11*
no, no
No. 5 vs. Tennessee Tech
NCAA Midwest Regional Quarterfinal
W 111–42  25–2
McGaw Hall 
Evanston, IL
1963/03/15*
no, no
No. 3 vs. #7 Mississippi State
NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal
W 61–51  26–2
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
1963/03/16*
no, no
No. 3 vs. #8 Illinois
NCAA Midwest Regional Final
W 79–64  27–2
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
1963/03/22*
no, no
No. 3 vs. #2 Duke
NCAA National Semifinal
W 94–75  28–2
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, KY
1963/03/23*
no, no
No. 3 vs. #1 Cincinnati
NCAA National Final
W 60–58OT  29–2
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, KY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Standard Time.

Awards and honors[edit]

Jerry Harkness:

Team:

Records[edit]

Loyola's first-round Mideast Regional victory over Tennessee Tech, 111-42, continues to be the record margin of victory (69 points) in an NCAA men's basketball tournament game.

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