K-State celebrates 50th anniversary of Final Four

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Fourteen members of the historic 1964 Final Four team were honored during halftime of the WVU game Jan. 18 in Bramlage Coliseum. (Photo: K-State Athletics)

Kansas State University honored one of its greatest men's basketball teams on Jan. 18 as 14 members of the 1964 Final Four celebrated the 50th anniversary of its accomplishment at its annual Legends Weekend at Bramlage Coliseum.

The members of the 1964 Final Four team were honored during halftime of the game with West Virginia. Among the 14 members returning to Manhattan, Kan., for the event included Dick Barnard, Larry Berger, Bill Gettler, Joe Gottfrid, Tom Haas, Jim Hoffmann, Max Moss, John Olson, Lou Poma, Sammy Robinson, Jeff Simons, Roger Suttner, Larry Weigel and College Basketball and Naismith Hall of Fame head coach Tex Winter.

The recognition was a part of the annual Legends Weekend, which kicked off with a reception in the Basketball Training Facility on Friday evening for all former Wildcat lettermen. There was a breakfast on Saturday to honor the 1964 team at the West Stadium Center prior to the men's basketball game.

Led by All-American Willie Murrell, Kansas State won both the Big Eight Holiday Tournament title as well as the Big Eight regular-season title en route to its fourth trip to the Final Four in 1964 with a 22-7 overall record. The Wildcats won 13 consecutive games, including the Midwest Regional Championship with victories over Texas-El Paso and Wichita State, before falling to top-ranked UCLA, 90-82, national semifinals in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

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