MSU to play commemorative home-and-home with Loyola

Mississippi State announced today that it will be playing a home-and-home basketball series with Loyola University Chicago, beginning this year, according to the full story on HailState.com.

The game at Loyola’s recently-renovated arena is set for Dec. 15th of the upcoming season and will mark the first time the two teams have played in 50 years. The Bulldogs and Ramblers will meet again at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville in an unscheduled game for the 2013-14 season.

The last meeting, of course, is one of marked history, as the full story on HailState.com details. Back in 1963, head coach Babe McCarthy, with the blessing of university president Dean Colvard, snuck out of the state to play Loyola in the NCAA Tournament, narrowly avoiding Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, who was determined to prevent MSU from playing a Loyola team with four African-American starters.

Loyola went on to win the game 61-51 in what the NCAA would later call one of the 25 “defining moments” in the first 100 years of the NCAA.

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