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12. Game of Change

Now, they call it the "Game of Change." Then, Mississippi State's 1963 game against Loyola (Ill.) in the Mideast semifinals was historically insignificant. In between, it lost its place, overrun by the more Hollywood-adaptable game between Texas Western and Kentucky. But the significance of the '63 game can't be overlooked. Bulldogs players and staff sneaked out of Mississippi under the threat of a state injunction to play the integrated team from Chicago. The players simply wanted to play a game, but when the flashbulbs popped at the historic handshake between African-American player Jerry Harkness from Loyola and Mississippi State's Joe Dan Gold, everyone realized that their March moment was far bigger than a basketball game. -- Dana O'Neil