1956-57 NCAA University Division Men's Basketball Season
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1956%E2%80%9357 NCAA University Division Men's Basketball Season

Season headlines

  • This was the first year where NCAA basketball was split into two levels of play - the University and College divisions.[1]

Season outlook

Pre-season polls

The top 20 from the AP Poll during the pre-season.[2]

Regular season

Conference winners and tournaments

Statistical leaders

Points Per Game
Rebound Percentage
Field Goal Percentage
Free Throw Percentage
Player School PPG Player School REB% Player School FG% Player School FT%
Grady Wallace S. Carolina 31.2 Elgin Baylor Seattle .235 Bailey Howell Mississippi St. 56.8 Ernie Wiggins Wake Forest 87.7
Joe Gibbon Mississippi 30.0 Boo Ellis Niagara .234 Alvin Innis St. Francis (NY) 56.1 Jackie Murdock Wake Forest 87.5
Elgin Baylor Seattle 29.7 Charlie Tyra Louisville .229 Dennis Roth Muhlenberg 54.4 Bob Seitz NC State 87.2
Wilt Chamberlain Kansas 29.6 Wilt Chamberlain Kansas .227 Bob Holtsma William & Mary 54.2 Dave Ricketts Duquesne 86.2
Chet Forte Columbia 28.9 Gene Guarilia G. Washington .218 Boo Ellis Niagara 53.7 Bobby Plump Butler 86.0

Post-Season Tournaments

NCAA Tournament

Frank McGuire brought the ACC its first National Championship as his undefeated North Carolina Tar Heels defeated Wilt Chamberlain and the Kansas Jayhawks in what is considered one of the best games in NCAA history - a 54-53 triple-overtime thriller. Chamberlain was named tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Final Four

Played at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E North Carolina 74
ME Michigan St. 70***
E North Carolina 54
MW Kansas 53***
MW Kansas 80
W San Francisco 56
  • Third Place - San Francisco 67, Michigan State 60

National Invitation Tournament

Bradley won its first NIT title, defeating Memphis State in a one-point contest. Memphis State's Win Wilfong won the MVP in a losing cause as he poured in 89 points in the Tigers' four games, including 31 in the final.[9]

NIT Semifinals and Final

Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Semifinals Final
      
St. Bonaventure 78
Memphis State 80
Memphis State 83
Bradley 84
Bradley 94
Temple 66
  • Third Place - Temple 67, St. Bonaventure 50

Award winners

Consensus All-American teams

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Wilt Chamberlain C Sophomore Kansas
Chet Forte G Senior Columbia
Rod Hundley G/F Senior West Virginia
Jim Krebs F/C Senior Southern Methodist
Lennie Rosenbluth F Senior North Carolina
Charlie Tyra C Senior Louisville


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Elgin Baylor F Sophomore Seattle
Frank Howard F Junior Ohio State
Guy Rodgers G Junior Temple
Gary Thompson G Senior Iowa State
Grady Wallace F Senior South Carolina

Major player of the year awards

Major coach of the year awards

Other major awards

References

  1. ^ "History of the NCAA". NCAA.org. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 24 September 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ *ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House. 2009. ISBN 0-345-51392-4.
  3. ^ "2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Record Book - Conferences Section" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. Retrieved .
  4. ^ 2008-09 ACC Men's Basketball Media Guide - Year by Year section, retrieved 2010-08-14
  5. ^ Iowa State Athletic Site - Cyclone Tradition Archived 2010-04-08 at the Wayback Machine, Iowa State University, retrieved 2010-08-14
  6. ^ 2008-09 SoCon Men's Basketball Media Guide - Honors Section, Southern Conference, retrieved 2010-08-14
  7. ^ 2008-09 SoCon Men's Basketball Media Guide - Postseason Section, Southern Conference, retrieved 2010-08-14
  8. ^ 2008-09 WCC Men's Basketball Media Guide, West Coast Conference, retrieved 2010-08-14
  9. ^ The National Invitation Tournament. Arcadia Publishing. 2005. ISBN 0-7385-3904-X.

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