1963 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

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1963 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
1963 NCAA Basketball Championship program cover.jpg
Cover from the official program
Finals siteFreedom Hall
Louisville, Kentucky
ChampionsLoyola Ramblers (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-upCincinnati Bearcats (3rd title game,
5th Final Four)
Winning coachGeorge Ireland (1st title)
MOPArt Heyman (Duke)
Top scorerMel Counts Oregon State
(123 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1962 1964»

The 1963 NCAA University Division 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.


1963 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
College Park
College Park
East Lansing
East Lansing
First round (green), Regionals (blue), and Final Four (red)
Round Region Location Venue
First Round East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Palestra
Mideast Evanston, Illinois McGaw Memorial Hall
Midwest Lubbock, Texas Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
West Eugene, Oregon McArthur Court
Regionals East College Park, Maryland Cole Field House
Mideast East Lansing, Michigan Jenison Fieldhouse
Midwest Lawrence, Kansas Allen Fieldhouse
West Provo, Utah Smith Fieldhouse
Final Four Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall

For the fourth time, Louisville and Freedom Hall hosted the Final Four, the last time a host repeated in back-to-back years. Like the preceding year, all nine venues were either on-campus arenas or the primary off-campus arena for college teams. The tournament saw three new venues being used. For the first time, the tournament came to the state of Michigan, when Jenison Fieldhouse on the campus of Michigan State University hosted games for the first and only time. (All other games held in the state have been in the Detroit metropolitan area.) Texas saw its third host city become Lubbock, when the Municipal Coliseum at Texas Technological College hosted games for the first time. And for the first time, the University of Oregon hosted the tournament at historic McArthur Court, something it would do twice more. Of the nine venues used, only Jenison Fieldhouse would not be used again.


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score Qualification
East Connecticut George Wigton First round West Virginia L 77–71 Yankee Conference champion[1]
East Duke Vic Bubas Third Place Oregon State W 85–63 ACC Tournament champion[1]
East NYU Lou Rossini Regional Fourth Place West Virginia L 83–73 At-large bid[2]
East Pittsburgh Bob Timmons First round NYU L 93–83 At-large bid
East Princeton Butch van Breda Kolff First round Saint Joseph's L 82–81 Ivy League co-champion[a][3]
East Saint Joseph's Jack Ramsay Regional Runner-up Duke L 73–59 MAC champion[4]
East West Virginia George King Regional Third Place NYU W 83–73 SoCon Tournament champion[1]
Mideast Bowling Green Harold Anderson Regional Fourth Place Mississippi State L 65–60 MAC champion[4]
Mideast Illinois Harry Combes Regional Runner-up Loyola–Chicago L 79–64 Big Ten co-champion[b][3]
Mideast Loyola–Chicago George Ireland Champion Cincinnati W 60–58 At-large bid[2]
Mideast Mississippi State Babe McCarthy Regional Third Place Bowling Green W 65–60 SEC champion[3]
Mideast Notre Dame John Jordan First round Bowling Green L 77–72 At-large bid
Mideast Tennessee Tech Johnny Oldham First round Loyola–Chicago L 111–42 OVC champion[4]
Midwest Cincinnati Ed Jucker Runner Up Loyola–Chicago L 60–58 MVC champion[5]
Midwest Colorado Sox Walseth Regional Runner-up Cincinnati L 67–60 Big Eight co-champion[c][3]
Midwest Colorado State Jim Williams First round Oklahoma City L 70–67 At-large bid[2]
Midwest Oklahoma City Abe Lemons Regional Fourth Place Texas L 90–83 At-large bid[2]
Midwest Texas Harold Bradley Regional Third Place Oklahoma City W 90–83 SWC champion[5]
Midwest Texas Western Don Haskins First round Texas L 65–47 At-large bid[2]
West Arizona State Ned Wulk Regional Runner-up Oregon State L 83–65 WAC champion[4]
West Oregon State Slats Gill Fourth Place Duke L 85–63 At-large bid[2]
West San Francisco Pete Peletta Regional Third Place UCLA W 76–75 WCAC champion[3]
West Seattle Clair Markey First round Oregon State L 70–66 At-large bid[2]
West UCLA John Wooden Regional Fourth Place San Francisco L 76–75 Big Six co-champion[d][3][6]
West Utah State LaDell Andersen First round Arizona State L 79–75 At-large bid[2]
  1. ^ Princeton won a tiebreaker play-off game against Fordham to earn a tournament berth.
  2. ^ Ohio State had been in the previous year's tournament, so Illinois was awarded the tournament berth.
  3. ^ Colorado had won both their games against co-champion Kansas State that season, so they were awarded the tournament berth.
  4. ^ UCLA won in a tiebreaker play-off game against Stanford to earn a tournament berth.


* – Denotes overtime period

East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Duke 81  
      NYU 76  
  NYU 93
    Pittsburgh 83  
      Duke 73
    Saint Joseph's 59
    West Virginia 77  
  Connecticut 71  
  West Virginia 88
      Saint Joseph's 97  
  Saint 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–Chicago 79
  Mississippi State 51
      Loyola–Chicago 61  
  Loyola–Chicago 111
    Tennessee State 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–Chicago 94
ME Loyola–Chicago 60
MW Cincinnati 58
MW Cincinnati 80
W Oregon State 46

National Third Place Game[edit]

National Third Place Game [7]
E Duke 85
W Oregon State 63

Regional Third Place Games[edit]


The Loyola Ramblers show off their championship trophy as they arrive home at O'Hare International Airport.

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. The Loyola–Mississippi State has since been dubbed the "Game of Change".

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. ^ a b c "4 Quintets Gain N.C.A.A. Tourney". The New York Times. New York. 4 March 1963. p. 20. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "5 Fives Accept Bids to N.C.A.A. Tourney". The New York Times. New York. 19 Feb 1963. p. 16. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Big Six Quintets Will Play Off Tie". The New York Times. New York. 11 March 1963. p. 18. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "1962–63 Conference Standings". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b Sheehan, Joseph M. (18 February 1963). "No College Fives Stay Undefeated". The New York Times. p. 17. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  6. ^ "U.C.L.A. Wins Title, Downing Stanford". The New York Times. New York. 14 March 1963. p. 16. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  7. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.