A decade of records

A unique collection of figures reveals the best major-college coaches, teams and players of the past 10 years
December 08, 1958

These past 10 years were unquestionably the golden decade of college basketball, and this despite the famous scandals of 1951 which almost ruined the game. It is a tribute to the appeal of basketball that the sport has rebounded to a new peak of popularity, prosperity and performance. Attendance, which dropped off a million and a half the year of the scandals, has climbed steadily back up. Ten years ago there were only 24 college field houses and gyms capable of seating over 6,500 people. That number has been doubled since then. The game is much faster. Thirteen years ago the average number of points scored in a college game by both teams was 91.8. In 1956 it was over 50 points higher. During this decade Frank Selvy became the first player ever to score more than 1,000 points in a single season. But it was also the decade in which a tall center named Bill Russell made defensive play glamorous. When point production fell off the last two seasons, it marked the first real decline in 34 years. Russell's San Francisco team won an unprecedented 60 games in a row. Kentucky was voted the No. 1 team four times within a six-year period. It was a decade in which names like Gola, Cousy, Lovellette, Pettit and Wilt the Stilt became famous.

ELGIN BAYLOR
He ranked as the Most Valuable Player in the two seasons he played college ball.

TOM GOLA
He is the only player to be voted MVP in both the NCAA and NIT tournaments.

FRANK SELVY
He established the single-season record for goals, free throws, points and average.

BILL MLKVY
In 1951 he led the nation in scoring, was second in assists, second in rebounding.

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FOUR PHOTOS

THEY DO THE COACHING
Rather than limit the evaluation of currently active coaches to their records over the past decade, this listing of master coaches is based on career achievement. These 16, then, have three things in common: longevity, more than 200 victories each and a .700 winning percentage.

COACH, SCHOOL

CONF.

YEARS

WON

LOST

PCT.

Rupp, Kentucky

Southeastern

28

584

103

.850

Case, North Carolina State

Atlantic

12

298

77

.795

Iba, Oklahoma State

Big Eight

29

619

182

.773

Hickman, Louisville

Independent

14

290

95

.753

Greer, Connecticut

Yankee

12

222

74

.750

Lapchick, St. John's

Independent

13

213

71

.750

Diddle, Western Kentucky

Ohio Valley

36

677

235

.742

Blackburn, Dayton

Independent

11

242

87

.736

Vanatta, Memphis State

Independent

12

236

85

.735

Wooden, UCLA

Pacific Coast

12

249

90

.734

McGuire, North Carolina

Atlantic Coast

11

210

78

.729

Bradley, Duke

Atlantic Coast

11

201

83

.708

McCracken, Indiana

Big Ten

25

357

149

.706

Anderson, Bowling Green

Mid-American

24

426

178

.705

Russell, Seton Hall

Independent

17

279

118

.703

Cowles, Minnesota

Big Ten

29

409

175

.700

THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
Scoring and rebounding are the determining factors used here in selecting a most valuable player for each season (assists have not been included). The player with the highest combined ranking in scoring and rebounding, therefore, is the choice.

SCORING

REBOUNDING

YEAR

PLAYER

RANK

PTS.

AVG.

RANK

RBDS.

AVG.

1958

Baylor, Seattle

2nd

943

32.5

3rd

559

19.3

1957

Baylor, Seattle

3rd

743

29.7

1st

508

20.3

1956

Heinsohn, Holy Cross

4th

740

27.4

6th

549

20.3

1955

Conlin, Fordham

13th

675

25.0

3rd

578

21.4

1954

Pettit, LSU

2nd

785

31.4

11th

432

17.3

1953

Dukes, Seton Hall

4th

861

26.1

2nd

734

22.2

1952

Workman, West Va.

6th

577

23.1

8th

437

17.5

1951

Mlkvy, Temple

1st

731

29.2

2nd

472

18.9

Rebounding records not kept in 1949 and 1950.

THE 10 YEARS' 10 TEAMS
The best teams of the decade are rated by number of times listed in the AP's annual list of top 10 teams of the year and rank within that top 10 each season.

RANK

TEAM

CONF.

TIMES IN TOP 10

1

Kentucky

Southeastern

9

2

Duquesne

Independent

5

3

San Francisco

West Coast

4

4

North Carolina State

Atlantic

4

5

Kansas

Big Eight

4

6

Bradley

Missouri Valley

4

7

La Salle

Mid-Atlantic

4

8

Oklahoma State

Missouri Valley

4

9

St. Louis

Missouri Valley

4

10

St. John's

Independent

4

NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

CONFERENCE

MVP

1958

Kentucky

23-6

Southeastern

Baylor, Seattle

1957

North Carolina

32-0

Atlantic Coast

Chamberlain, Kansas

1956

San Francisco

29-0

West Coast

Lear, Temple

1955

San Francisco

28-1

West Coast

Russell, San Francisco

1954

La Salle

26-4

Independent

Gola, La Salle

1953

Indiana

23-3

Big Ten

Born, Kansas

1952

Kansas

26-2

Big Eight

Lovellette, Kansas

1951

Kentucky

32-2

Southeastern

none chosen

1950

CCNY

24-5

Independent

Dambrot, CCNY

1949

Kentucky

32-2

Southeastern

Groza, Kentucky

NIT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

CONFERENCE

MVP

1958

Xavier (0.)

19-11

Independent

Stein, Xavier

1957

Bradley

22-7

Missouri Valley

Wilfong, Memphis St.

1956

Louisville

26-3

Independent

Tyra, Louisville

1955

Duquesne

22-4

Independent

Stokes, St. Fran. (Pa.)

1954

Holy Cross

26-2

Independent

Palazzi, Holy Cross

1953

Seton Hall

31-2

Independent

Dukes, Seton Hall

1952

La Salle

24-5

Independent

Gola, Grekin, La Salle

1951

Brigham Young

28-9

Skyline

Minson, Brig. Young

1950

CCNY

24-5

Independent

Warner, CCNY

1949

San Francisco

25-5

Independent

Lofgran, S.F.

TEAM OFFENSIVE CHAMPIONS

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

CONFERENCE

POINTS

AVG.PER GAME

1958

Marshall

17-7

Mid-American

2,113

88.0

1957

Connecticut

17-8

Yankee

2,183

87.3

1956

Morehead State

19-10

Ohio Valley

2,782

95.9

1955

Furman

17-10

Southern

2,572

95.3

1954

Furman

20-9

Southern

2,658

91.7

1953

Furman

21-6

Southern

2,435

90.2

1952

Kentucky

29-3

Southeastern

2,635

82.3

1951

Cincinnati

18-4

Mid-American

1,694

77.0

1950

Villanova

25-4

Independent

2,111

72.8

1949

Rhode Island

16-6

Yankee

1,575

71.6

TEAM DEFENSIVE CHAMPIONS

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

CONFERENCE

POINTS ALLOWED

AVG. PER GAME

1958

San Francisco

25-2

West Coast

1,363

50.5

1957

Oklahoma State

17-9

Missouri Valley

1,420

54.6

1956

San Francisco

29-0

West Coast

1,514

52.2

1955

San Francisco

28-1

West Coast

1,511

52.1

1954

Oklahoma State

24-5

Missouri Valley

1,539

53.1

1953

Oklahoma State

23-7

Missouri Valley

1,614

53.8

1952

Oklahoma State

19-8

Missouri Valley

1,228

45.5

1951

Texas A&M

17-12

Southwest

1,275

44.0

1950

Oklahoma State

18-9

Missouri Valley

1,059

39.2

1949

Oklahoma State

23-5

Missouri Valley

961

34.3

BEST TEAM VICTORY MARGIN

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

CONF.

AVG. PTS. SCORED

AVG. AGAINST

MARGIN

1958

Cincinnati

25-3

Missouri Valley

86.5

65.9

20.6

1957

Kentucky

23-5

Southeastern

84.2

69.4

14.8

1956

San Francisco

29-0

West Coast

72.2

52.2

20.0

1955

Utah

24-4

Skyline

79.0

59.9

19.1

1954

Kentucky

25-0

Southeastern

87.5

60.3

27.2

1953

La Salle

25-3

Independent

80.1

61.8

18.3

1952

Kentucky

29-3

Southeastern

82.3

55.4

26.9

1951

Kentucky

32-2

Southeastern

74.7

52.5

22.3

1950

Holy Cross

27-4

Independent

72.6

55.4

17.2

1949

Kentucky

32-2

Southeastern

68.2

43.9

24.3

THE SCORING LEADERS

YEAR

PLAYER, SCHOOL

CONFERENCE

POINTS

AVERAGE

1958

Robertson, Cincinnati

Missouri Valley

984

35.1

1957

Wallace, South Carolina

Atlantic Coast

906

31.2

1956

Floyd, Furman

Southern

946

33.8

1955

Floyd, Furman

Southern

897

35.9

1954

Selvy, Furman

Southern

1,209

41.7

1953

Selvy, Furman

Southern

738

29.5

1952

Lovellette, Kansas

Big Seven

795

28.4

1951

Mlkvy, Temple

Independent

731

29.2

1950

Arizin, Villanova

Independent

735

25.3

1949

Lavelli, Yale

Ivy League

671

22.4

GAME SCORING AVERAGE

YEAR

AVG. PTS. PER GAME BOTH TEAMS

1958

136.9

1957

144.0

1956

146.5

1955

145.3

1954

137.9

1953

138.0

1952

127.4

1951

124.0

1950

114.5

1949

109.7

ESTIMATED ATTENDANCE

YEAR

TOTAL

1958

13,481,942

1957

13,370,643

1956

13,295,578

1955

12,079,361

1954

12,298,663

1953

12,825,529

1952

11,212,849

1951

12,665,690

1950

14,023,354

1949

13,660,501

NATIONAL RANKINGS OF 1958

RANK

TEAM

CONFERENCE

RECORD

CONF. RECORD

AGAINST TOP 10

1

West Virginia

Southern

26-2

12-0

1-1

2

Cincinnati

Missouri Valley

25-3

13-1

1-1

3

Kansas State

Big Eight

22-5

10-2

2-3

4

San Francisco

West Coast

25-2

12-10

0-0

5

Temple

Mid-Atlantic

27-3

8-0

2-3

6

Maryland

Atlantic Coast

22-7

9-5

1-1

7

Kansas

Big Eight

18-5

8-4

2-1

8

Notre Dame

Independent

24-5

0-1

9

Kentucky

Southeastern

23-6

12-2

4-2

10

Duke

Atlantic Coast

18-7

11-3

0-1

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