1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1963 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 25
Finals site Freedom Hall
Louisville, Kentucky
Champions Loyola (Chicago) (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up Cincinnati (3rd title game,
5th Final Four)
Winning coach George Ireland (1st title)
MOP Art Heyman Duke
Attendance 153,065
Top scorer Mel Counts Oregon State
(123 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1962 1964»

The 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball in the United States. It began on March 9, 1963, and ended with the championship game on March 23 in Louisville, Kentucky. A total of 29 games were played, including a third-place game in each region and a national third-place game.

Loyola University Chicago, coached by George Ireland, won the national title with a 60-58 overtime victory in the final game, over the University of Cincinnati, coached by Ed Jucker. Art Heyman, of Duke University, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. This tournament marked the last time that a city was host to two straight Final Fours.


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Connecticut George Wigton First round West Virginia L 77-71
East n/a Duke Vic Bubas Third Place Oregon State W 85-63
East n/a NYU Lou Rossini Regional Fourth Place West Virginia L 83-73
East n/a Pittsburgh Bob Timmons First round NYU L 93-83
East n/a Princeton Butch van Breda Kolff First round Saint Joseph's L 82-81
East n/a Saint Joseph's Jack Ramsay Regional Runner-up Duke L 73-59
East n/a West Virginia George King Regional Third Place NYU W 83-73
Mideast n/a Bowling Green Harold Anderson Regional Fourth Place Mississippi State L 65-60
Mideast n/a Illinois Harry Combes Regional Runner-up Loyola U. Chicago L 79-64
Mideast n/a Loyola U. Chicago George Ireland Champion Cincinnati W 60-58
Mideast n/a Mississippi State Babe McCarthy Regional Third Place Bowling Green W 65-60
Mideast n/a Notre Dame John Jordan First round Bowling Green L 77-72
Mideast n/a Tennessee Tech Johnny Oldham First round Loyola U. Chicago L 111-42
Midwest n/a Cincinnati Ed Jucker Runner Up Loyola U. Chicago L 60-58
Midwest n/a Colorado Sox Walseth Regional Runner-up Cincinnati L 67-60
Midwest n/a Colorado State Jim Williams First round Oklahoma City L 70-67
Midwest n/a Oklahoma City Abe Lemons Regional Fourth Place Texas L 90-83
Midwest n/a Texas Harold Bradley Regional Third Place Oklahoma City W 90-83
Midwest n/a Texas Western Don Haskins First round Texas L 65-47
West n/a Arizona State Ned Wulk Regional Runner-up Oregon State L 83-65
West n/a Oregon State Slats Gill Fourth Place Duke L 85-63
West n/a San Francisco Peter Peletta Regional Third Place UCLA W 76-75
West n/a Seattle Clair Markey First round Oregon State L 70-66
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Regional Fourth Place San Francisco L 76-75
West n/a Utah State LaDell Andersen First round Arizona State L 79-75


* – Denotes overtime period

East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Duke 81  
       NYU 76  
   NYU 93
     Pittsburgh 83  
       Duke 73
     St. Joseph's 59
     West Virginia 77  
   Connecticut 71  
   West Virginia 88
       St. Joseph's 97  
   St. Joseph's 82
     Princeton 81*  

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Illinois 70  
       Bowling Green 67  
   Bowling Green 77
     Notre Dame 72  
       Illinois 64
     Loyola U. Chicago 79
   Mississippi State 51
       Loyola U. Chicago 61  
   Loyola U. Chicago 111
     Tennessee Tech 42  

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Colorado 78  
       Oklahoma City 72  
   Oklahoma City 70
     Colorado State 67  
       Colorado 60
     Cincinnati 67
   Cincinnati 73
       Texas 68  
   Texas 65
     Texas Western 47  

West region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     UCLA 79  
       Arizona State 93  
   Arizona State 79
     Utah State 75*  
       Arizona State 65
     Oregon State 83
   San Francisco 61
       Oregon State 65  
   Oregon State 70
     Seattle 66  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E Duke 75
ME Loyola U. Chicago 94
ME Loyola U. Chicago 60
MW Cincinnati 58
MW Cincinnati 80
W Oregon State 46

National Third Place Game[edit]

National Third Place Game [1]
E Duke 85
W Oregon St. 63

Regional Third Place Games[edit]

East Regional Third Place
West Virginia 83
NYU 73
Mideast Regional Third Place
Mississippi St. 65
Bowling Green 60
Midwest Regional Third Place
Texas 90
Oklahoma City 83
West Regional Third Place
San Francisco 76


In the Loyola vs. Mississippi State game at East Lansing, Michigan in a Mideast regional semifinal, Mississippi State, an all-white team, played despite protests from the governor and state police of Mississippi. Mississippi State overcame a state prohibition against playing integrated teams. Loyola beat Mississippi State and went on to the Mideast Region Championship game. In the National Championship game, Loyola started four African-Americans and Cincinnati started three, marking the first time that a majority of African-Americans participated in the championship game.

Loyola's first-round regional victory over Tennessee Tech, 111-42, continues to be a record margin of victory for an NCAA men's basketball tournament game.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.