Nick Wright unveils how Loyola Chicago paved the way for racial equality in NCAA basketball and America

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Looking ahead to the Elite 8 matchups in the 2018 NCAA college basketball tournament, Nick Wright unveils to Cris Carter and Jenna Wolfe why Loyola Chicago's current Cinderella run is the 2nd most historic event in the Ramblers' basketball history.

- I love that Loyola Chicago has extended from the first weekend to, now, being a day away-- a game away from getting to the third weekend. Because maybe it will let people know about their story. Like, everyone knows about Sister Jean. What I don't know if people know is, Loyola Chicago won a national championship on a buzzer beater in 1963.

But the bigger story with that was, they were the first team ever to start-- first major team with success-- to start four black players. Back in the early '60s, there was a gentlemen's agreement. You're only going to start two black players, and you're only allowed to have three black players on the court if you're trailing and you've gotta come back. Loyola Chicago's coach decided, I want to win. He recruited four black starters. They started in the entire run of that tournament.

In fact, in the Sweet 16, the year they won it, they played Mississippi State. Mississippi's governor at the time prohibited the team from going to play. They had to sneak that team out of the state to go play Loyola Chicago. So while the story of Sister Jean is great, the story that Loyola Chicago is going for its second national championship in school history--

We all know the Glory Road story-- Texas Western against Kentucky. That was 1966 with five black starters. If you talk to the players on that team, that is not possible with the 1963 Loyola Chicago team. And so I'm glad maybe more people are learning that story now.