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Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame announces class

Updated: 2013-04-02T14:59:18Z


The Kansas City Star

For the first time, a team will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City.

Loyola, the Chicago school that overcame racial pressures and won the 1963 NCAA Tournament, will be inducted in the ceremony on Nov. 24 at the Midland Theatre.

The Ramblers defeated Cincinnati in the championship game at Louisville, Ky., and denied the Bearcats a third straight national title. Loyola, with four black starters, had problems on the road. The team was hit with coins and popcorn at a game in Houston. They had to stay in separate hotels in New Orleans. They were subject to racial slurs.

But the team rolled through the NCAA Tournament, routing Tennessee Tech 111-42 in its first game, a tournament record winning margin that stands today.

The class comprises seven individuals:

• Maryland forward Tom McMillian, who helped coach Lefty Driesell establish a powerhouse in the ACC in the early 1970s. McMillen went on to become a U.S. Congressman.

• UCLA’s Marques Johnson was the consensus national player of the year in 1977 and helped Bruins coach John Wooden win the last of his 10 national championships in 1975.

• Grambling’s Bob Hopkins averaged 30 points and 17 rebounds during 1953-56, and was a two-time NAIA All-America under Eddie Robinson, who was coaching the basketball team as well as the Tigers’ famed football team.

• Gene Keady, who won 512 games and five Big Ten titles at Purdue, is one of two coaches to be enshrined. Keady, who started his coaching career at Western Kentucky, was a three-sport letter winner at K-State.

• Rollie Massimino coached for 30 years in the NCAA, most famously at Villanova, where his team won the 1985 NCAA title by shooting 78 percent in an upset of Georgetown.

Keady and Massimino are still in the game, Keady as an assistant at St. John’s and Massimino as the head coach at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

• Two contributors are George Raveling and George Killian.

Raveling, who was a head coach at Washington State, Iowa and Southern California, is the director of international basketball for Nike. He also was an assistant for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal.

Killian advanced the sport through his role as president of the International Basketball Federation and as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

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