Wichita State and Loyola share a basketball history from the 1960s, when both ran as national powers. From 1963 to 1969, the schools met 13 times, playing at Chicago Stadium for Loyola’s home games.
Most times, they met as two of college basketball’s best.
Loyola won the NCAA title in 1963. The Shockers played in the 1965 Final Four. The Ramblers also played in the NCAA Tournament in 1964, 1965 and 1968. The Shockers played in the 1964 NCAA Tournament and the NIT in 1962, 1963 and 1966.
Seven times one of the teams was ranked when they met during the 1960s. In 1963 and 1964, they met three times with both teams in the top 10. In 1963, the eighth-ranked Shockers defeated the eventual national champions 73-72 in Chicago Stadium, Loyola’s only loss in Chicago and one of two that season.
While both teams slid from prominence in the 1970s, the series continued. Loyola served as de facto member of the MVC for the Shockers. They played twice, usually during January and February, from 1964-1974, even adding a tournament matchup in 1970. The series continued with single games in 1974-75 and 1975-76 before slipping away. They last met in 1989 in an Indianapolis tournament.
WSU leads the series 18-9 and it won all three of the meetings when both teams were ranked.
Some other connections:
- Loyola’s Alfredrick Hughes battled WSU’s Xavier McDaniel for the NCAA scoring title in 1985. McDaniel finished first with an average of 27.2 points. Hughes averaged 26.3 points. In 1985, they both won conference tournament titles on the same day in Tulsa. McDaniel scored 34 points in a win over Tulsa. Hughes scored 26 in a win at Oral Roberts.
- Former Shocker guard Bernard Jackson transferred to Loyola, where he played two seasons (1985-86 and 1986-87). He averaged 19.6 points for the Ramblers.