It was minus 12� outside Chicago Stadium, but inside were Loyola and UCLA who, between them, had won the NCAA championship for the last three years. So 18,139 stormed the place to see if George Ireland's 40-page scouting report on the Bruins (including 60 intricate diagrams) would pay off. By half time, the Ramblers' pregame boast that they would beat UCLA looked good. Without a man over 6 feet 5 but with the quickness, jumping ability and deadly shooting that characterized the 1963 national champs—and a defense that is far superior—Loyola was ahead 49-48 even though UCLA had shot 58%. The Ramblers' defense hit after UCLA crossed mid-court. It is a snapping-turtle-style man-to-man, and it forced 14 UCLA turnovers. The Bruins even abandoned their zone press in the face of the sprinting Loyolans led by Jim Coleman. Instead they counted on blocking out under the boards, and thus limiting the Ramblers to one shot. Loyola's center, Billy Smith, was having a bad night, and the strategy worked: UCLA led 87-81 with four minutes left. But 5-foot-11 sophomore Forward Doug Wardlaw made three steals off the snapping turtle, and Loyola forced the game into overtime. The Ramblers struck again quickly when Coleman, who scored 29 points, converted a steal from mid-court. Loyola then just stalled and Wardlaw tipped in a missed foul shot to clinch the outcome. The Ramblers had a 102-96 win and UCLA finished with 27 errors. "The most we have ever made," said Johnny Wooden. "This team is quicker and faster than my '63 champions," said Ireland. The next night, Loyola beat Kansas State 76-70 for its 13th straight.