‘One Night in March’ Film Showing in Starkville Tonight

“One Night in March,” a documentary about the 1963 Mississippi State basketball team, will show in Starkville tonight at the Hollywood Premier Cinemas. Start time is 7:30, and tickets are $8.

The 35-minute film focuses on MSU’s 1963 NCAA tournament game against Loyola-Chicago and the events surrounding it. Up until that year, State had not participated in the tournament because of an unwritten rule prohibiting Mississippi teams from playing against integrated teams; Loyola had four black starters in its lineup. MSU lost the game, 61-51, but the result was secondary to the historic nature of the game.

The film, which was made in 2002, is showing as part of the Magnolia Independent Film Festival. The 50th anniversary of the MSU-Loyola game is approaching (March 15), and there have been many recognitions and celebrations of the event. The Bulldogs had a rematch with Loyola on Dec. 15, losing 59-51.

If you can’t catch “One Night in March” tonight, it will air on MPB (the state’s PBS affiliate) on March 9 at 6 p.m. and again on March 28 at 9 p.m.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

Posted in Basketball

Want Email Updates? Warning... We Update Often

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 635 other subscribers