“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.