Nov. 14, 2012
CHICAGO - To help with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of its 1963 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship this winter, Loyola University Chicago has unveiled www.Loyola63.com, a website dedicated to commemorating the accomplishments of that special team. The site, which was designed by Lodestone Sports, will contain boxscores, biographies, stats, stories, photos and videos from the Ramblers' magical run to the national title.
Loyola shocked the nation by knocking off two-time defending champion University of Cincinnati, 60-58 in overtime on Vic Rouse's tip-in as time expired in the extra session, in the NCAA Championship game on March 23, 1963. Led by legendary head coach George Ireland, the 1963 Ramblers trotted out a starting lineup that featured four African-American players, which was a rarity in those days.
Two-time All-American Jerry Harkness led Loyola with 21.4 points per game season year, while also receiving plenty of backing from Les Hunter (17.0 ppg, 11.4 rpg), Ron Miller (13.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg), John Egan (13.7 ppg) and Rouse (13.5 ppg, 12.1 rpg).
As the season progresses, fresh content will be added to the site, including video interviews with members of Loyola's 1963 team, along with accounts of the games the team played during that season.
In addition to the information on the 1963 squad, www.Loyola63.com also features social media components with a link to the Rambler Rewards program in which Loyola fans can earn points for liking, commenting on, or sharing posts.
Please check back with www.Loyola63.com throughout the 2012-13 season for more information about the only team in the state of Illinois to have ever won a NCAA Division I Men's Basketball championship.