EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State plans this basketball season to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking 1963 NCAA regional game between Loyola and Mississippi State, the school announced Tuesday.
In 1963, Loyola defeated Mississippi State, and the game helped change the history of race in sports. The all-white Mississippi State team, which in earlier years had been forced to decline NCAA invitations rather than play a team with black players, slipped out of state to compete in the game in East Lansing.
The Spartans will play at Jenison Field House in East Lansing for the first time since 1989 to mark the anniversary. The weekend of events is being called "Jenison Jubilee." Michigan State, which usually plays at Breslin Center, will host Tuskegee on Dec. 15 and a Dec. 14 reunion game featuring former Spartans is planned.
"As educators on a university campus, we have an obligation to recognize the importance of these events, and teach our younger generatio...