Loyola is the only Illinois institution to have won the NCAA Division I men's basketball title. The Ramblers did so in 1953. No school has been more successful over the course of college basketball history - with 12 national titles - but Loyola is the only one of those schools to have its name attached to an office building, hotel, or other business entity.
Loyola's sports teams are often referred to as "Ramblers" and the university is called "Loyola University Chicago". But while the school's official mascot is the ram, it also uses the terms "Lancer" and "Knight" as well.
The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship is known as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament. The final game was played on April 4, 1953, at Municipal Auditorium in New York City. Loyola defeated St. John's by a score of 20 points per game to win its first and only title. Center Bill Russell was named the tournament's most outstanding player after he averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game.
In addition to its NCAA title, Loyola has won or shared six AIAW championships and nine NIT titles.
Loyola remains the only Illinois team to have won the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The whole 1963 squad was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, making them the first to do so. Five players on that team were selected in the first round of the NBA draft: Rod Strickland (3rd), Tom Penders (6th), Bill Hanzlik (9th), Jerry Sichting (11th), and Phil Hubbard (14th). They also had two other players who played in the NBA later in their careers: John Thomas (1954-65) and Joe Lunzer (1965-66).
The 1963 squad finished the season with an impressive 33-4 record, including a 17-1 mark in the Midwest Conference. They defeated American University (now known as American University Washington D.C.) by an average of 26 points per game. That season they made it to the Elite Eight before falling to Cincinnati. This team is considered by many to be the greatest in Loyola history.
Overall, this team scored 895 points while giving up just 92 during their campaign. They committed only 14 turnovers all year long. Guard Rod Strickland led the team in scoring with an average of 22 points per game and also grabbed 5.7 rebounds per contest. Forward Tom Penders contributed 15.5 points per game and also pulled down 7.
Loyola's sports teams, known as the Ramblers, participate in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. Loyola is the only school from Illinois to have won the NCAA men's basketball title in 1963. The Ramblers play their home games at the 23,000-seat Joseph E. Ferris Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Loyola was a member of the United States Intercollegiate Athletic Association until 1979 when it joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. In 2001, Loyola left the MAAC and became an independent program. It has been a member of several leagues including the West Coast Conference, the Patriot League, and now the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference.
Loyola College was established by the Jesuits in London, Ontario in 1849. The college then moved to Wilmette, Illinois in 1889 before relocating to its current location in Chicago's northern suburbs in 1946. Loyola has always been a university-level institution with graduate programs. It offers courses leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in arts, business, education, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, science, and theology.
Loyola's athletic program has had considerable success. The Ramblers are best known for their men's basketball team which has made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
"We Won!" he said into his overloaded microphone. Loyola University Chicago defeated Cincinnati 60-58 in overtime to win the National Basketball Championship in 1963. Even now, Loyola is the only school in Illinois to have won a Division I National Basketball Championship. Moe Bergman scored all of Loyola's points in the game and finished with 36.
After the conclusion of the game, Bergman was given a hero's welcome as he stood on the court with the champions of the Midwest. A reporter asked him what it felt like to be able to call himself a champion at age 23. "It feels great," he replied. "I'm just happy that I could help my team win."
Bergman went on to say that he thought his team needed him to score some points to win the game. "We won, so everything's okay," he concluded.
Loyola had beaten Cincinnati in three previous games this year and was looking for its third consecutive victory over the Bearcats. The championship was already wrapped up before the first half of the game began as Loyola led 46-43 at halftime. Cincinnati came out firing in the second half and took a one-point lead with less than 10 minutes left in regulation time. But Loyola used a 19-4 run to take control of the game and eventually won by one point.
No. 1 Illinois is defeated by Loyola-Chicago, 71-58, to advance to the Sweet 16. Three days have passed. This is still a pretty good tournament.
Loyola-Chicago (29-5) will face No. 4 seed UMBC (24-10) on Thursday in Atlanta. The winner will play Florida State for a spot in the Final Four.
Loyola-Chicago defeated No. 2 Virginia Commonwealth 79-76 in the first round on Tuesday night. Antonio Parker had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Ramblers, who lost in the second round to Louisville last year but returned more experienced and talented this time around.
Loyola-Chicago's title defense started well when DePaul's John Groce was fired as coach after one season. Now he's replaced by Oliver Purnell, who was head coach at Alabama during the NCAA investigation that ended with Lute Olson being banned for life back in 2001. He was never charged with a crime nor did he admit to doing anything wrong. But the news of his firing caused quite a stir among fans and media alike. Loyola-Chicago is usually not associated with basketball but now it's one of the most exciting teams in college basketball.
Illinois has made 31 appearances in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, with 5 Final Fours, 9 Elite Eights, and 17 Big Ten regular season titles. ... Men's basketball, Illinois Fighting Illini.
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Loyola Chicago, the No. 8 seed, advanced to the Final Four by defeating No. 1 seeded Illinois 71-58 in a game that was as bit as convincing as the score suggests. It's been three days. I'm still tired from all the screaming.
In case you're wondering why this is important: Loyola is one of eight remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament. The other seven are very good programs - Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State, South Carolina, Auburn, UCLA, and Oregon.
So who will win the Final Four? That's hard to say. But we can probably guess which team is most likely to end up there. If you picked Loyola to make it this far, then you'd better be ready for some serious excitement. This could be one of those games where everything goes wrong but also turns out fine. We'll know more after Sunday's games. In the meantime, let's take a look at what happened yesterday in the Round of 64.
Arizona defeated San Diego State 79-70. Both Arizona and San Diego State were ranked in the top 10. This was not expected to be an easy victory for the Wildcats.
However, it turned out to be even more difficult than they thought. Arizona lost Jared Sullinger to a knee injury early in the first quarter.