Jan. 10, 2013
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago is excited to announce that the "Game of Change" has been nominated as one of the all-time great moments in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
As part of its celebration of the 75th anniversary of the tournament, fans can log on to http://www.ncaa.com/75-moments and vote the Ramblers' historic meeting with Mississippi State as the greatest moment in the long and storied history of the tournament. The NCAA will also recognize the top-five all-time players and all-time team.
Loyola's 61-51 victory over Mississippi State on March 15, 1963 at Michigan State's Jenison Fieldhouse sent the Ramblers into the Midwest Regional final of the NCAA Tournament but the game is remembered more as a major event in the civil rights movement. The Bulldogs defied an unwritten Mississippi state law, along with Governor Ross Barnett, that permitted them from playing against integrated teams. Mississippi State would sneak out of Starkville during the middle of the night before Barnett could have an injunction served.
The iconic photo of Loyola captain Jerry Harkness shaking hands with Mississippi State captain Joe Dan Gold captures one of the great moments in both the NCAA Tournament and the civil rights movement. The Ramblers would go on to capture the NCAA Championship, while the Mississippi State players and coaches were met upon their return to Starkville, Mississippi by throngs of fans who applauded their courage and dedication. Both squads were recognized early this season when the Ramblers defeated the Bulldogs 59-51 in Rogers Park.
The current edition of Loyola basketball will return to action tomorrow night, January 11, at 8 p.m. when it clashes with Wright State at Gentile Arena.