With the NCAA Basketball Tournament on the horizon, we look back fifty years at the remarkable--and historic--Loyola University basketball team of 1963.
The Ramblers were coached by George Ireland, then in his twelfth season at the post. Ireland’s teams played an aggressive, high-speed game that was labeled “organized confusion.” Loyola led the nation in scoring during the 1961-62 season, and was doing it again in 1962-63.
Jerry Harkness, an All-American forward, was team captain. The rest of the starting lineup included Vic Rouse at the other forward, Ron Miller at guard, John Egan at guard, and Les Hunter at center.
Egan was the only starter from Chicago. He was also the only starter who was white. That was notable in 1963.