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1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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MOP  Art Heyman Duke
Teams  25
Finals site  Freedom Hall
Dates  9 Mar 1963 – 23 Mar 1963
Attendance  153,065
1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Champions  Loyola (Chicago) (1st title, 1st title game, 1st Final Four)
Runner-up  Cincinnati (3rd title game, 5th Final Four)
Semifinalists  Duke (1st Final Four) Oregon State (2nd Final Four)
Winning coach  George Ireland (1st title)
Top scorer  Mel Counts Oregon State (123 points)
Champion  Loyola Ramblers men's basketball
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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.


* – Denotes overtime period


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.


1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Wikipedia

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