1963 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1963 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Loyola-Chicago

Most Outstanding Player: Art Heyman, Duke

Final Four: Loyola-Chicago, Cincinnati, Duke, Oregon State

Shining Moments

- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: Louisville, Ky.

Loyola, Ill. (60)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A REB. A PF. PTS.
Jerry Harkness 45 5-18 4-8 6 0 4 14
Vic Rouse 45 6-22 3-4 12 0 4 15
Les Hunter 45 6-22 4-4 11 1 3 16
John Egan 45 3-8 3-5 3 0 3 9
Ron Miller 45 3-14 0-0 2 0 3 6
Totals 225 23-84 14-21 45 1 17 60
 
Cincinnati (58)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A REB. A PF. PTS.
Ron Bonham 45 8-16 6-6 4 0 3 22
Tom Thacker 45 5-12 3-4 15 3 4 13
George Wilson 41 4-8 2-3 13 0 4 10
Tony Yates 45 4-6 1-4 8 1 4 9
Larry Shingleton 45 1-3 2-3 4 0 0 4
Dale Heidotting 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 0
Totals 225 22-45 14-20 52 4 17 58

National semifinals

Cincinnati 80, Oregon State 46
CINCINNATI (80): Bonham 3-12 8-9 14, Thacker 5-8 4-8 14, Wilson 8-9 8-12 24, Yates 5-9 2-3 12, Shingleton 1-2 0-0 2, Heidotting 0-0 1-2 1, Cunningham 2-3 0-0 4, Meyer 1-1 1-2 3, Smith 1-3 0-2 2, Elasser 1-2 0-1 2, Abernethy 1-2 0-0 2. Team 28-51 (.549) 24-39 (.615) 80.

OREGON STATE (46): Pauly 2-8 0-1 4, Kraus 1-6 1-1 3, Counts 8-14 4-4 20, Peters 1-5 2-2 4, Baker 0-9 0-1 0, Jarvis 1-6 3-4 5, Rossi 1-3 0-0 2, Campbell 0-2 1-1 1, Torgerson 1-2 0-0 2, Hayward 0-2 1-1 1, Benner 2-2 0-0 4. Team 17-59 (.288) 12-15 (.800) 46.

Halftime: Cincinnati 30-27.

Loyola of Chicago 94, Duke 75
LOYOLA OF CHICAGO (94): Harkness 7-18 6-9 20, Rouse 6-12 1-2 13, Hunter 11-20 7-9 29, Egan 4-9 6-7 14, Miller 8-11 2-2 18, Wood 0-1 0-0 0, Rochelle 0-0 0-0 0, Reardon 0-0 0-0 0, Cannaughton 0-0 0-0 0. Team 36-71 (.5-7) 22-29 (.759) 94.

DUKE (75): Heyman 11-30 7-9 29, Mullins 10-20 1-3 21, Buckley 4-10 2-4 10, Schmidt 0-2 0-0 0, Harrison 0-3 2-3 2, Herbster 0-2 0-0 0, Ferguson 1-2 0-0 2, Jamieson 0-0 0-0 0, Cox 0-0 0-0 0, Mann 0-1 0-0 0, Tison 5-12 1-3 11. Team 31-82 (.378) 13-22 (.591) 75.

Halftime: Loyola of Chicago 44-31.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Ron Bonham F Jr. Cincinnati (36 pts, 9 rebs)
Art Heyman F Sr. Duke* (51 pts, 19 rebs)
Les Hunter C Jr. Loyola of Chicago (35 pts, 29 rebs)
Tom Thacker F-G Sr. Cincinnati (27 pts, 26 rebs)
George Wilson C Jr. Cincinnati (34 pts, 26 rebs)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Mel Counts, Oregon State (123 points, 24.6 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Barry Kramer, NYU (100 points, 33.3 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leaders: Bowling Green's Nate Thurmond (70 rebounds, 23.3 rpg) and Loyola's Vic Rouse (70 rebounds, 14 rpg).
  • 1963 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    East
    New York University 93, Pittsburgh 83
    West Virginia 77, Connecticut 71
    St. Joseph's 82, Princeton 81 (OT)

    Mideast
    Bowling Green 77, Notre Dame 72
    Loyola (Ill.) 111, Tennessee Tech 42

    Midwest
    Oklahoma City 70, Colorado State 67
    Texas 65, Texas Western 47

    West
    Arizona State 79, Utah State 75 (OT)
    Oregon State 70, Seattle 66


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Duke 81, New York University 76
    St. Joseph's 97, West Virginia 88

    Mideast
    Illinois 70, Bowling Green 67
    Loyola (Ill.) 61, Mississippi State 51

    Midwest
    Colorado 78, Oklahoma City 72
    Cincinnati 73, Texas 68

    West
    Arizona State 93, UCLA 79
    Oregon State 65, San Francisco 61


    REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    East
    West Virginia 83, NYU 73

    Mideast
    Mississippi State 65, Bowling Green 60

    Midwest
    Texas 90, Oklahoma City 83

    West
    San Francisco 76, UCLA 75


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    Duke 73, St. Joseph's 59

    Mideast
    Loyola (Ill.) 79, Illinois 64

    Midwest
    Cincinnati 67, Colorado 60

    West
    Oregon State 83, Arizona State 65


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Loyola (Ill.) 94, Duke 75
    Cincinnati 80, Oregon State 46

    NATIONAL THIRD PLACE
    Duke 85, Oregon State 63

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Loyola (Ill.) 60, Cincinnati 58 (OT)

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