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    If you tuned into the start of the 1963 NCAA championship between little Loyola of Chicago and mighty Cincinnati, it looked like few, if any, of the college basketball games you'd ever watched before.

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  • "That might be one of the funniest stories I heard," Lenehan said. "When Loyola went down by 15 points early in the second half, some guys apparently went from tavern to tavern making bets on the Ramblers."

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  • A while later, I tried finding some books to follow up and there weren't any," he said. "The more research I did, the better it seemed to get. The story of how the Mississippi State team had to sneak out of the state in the dead of night _ just to be able to play in the tournament _ is one of the braver acts of defiance in the whole story."

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