Accolades to the City College of New York, they opened the decade of the 1950s by becoming the first college ever to win the NCAA Playoffs and the NIT Tournament.
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The ultimate Cinderella Team
The final 1950 college basketball polls in this time frame ended with the conclusion of the regular season, and Bradley, 32-5, was ranked No 1, Ohio St, 22-4, was ranked No 2, Kentucky at 25-5 was No 3, Holy Cross, 27-4 led by Bob Cousy was No 4 and NC State, 27-3, was ranked No5. The City College of NY coached by Nat Holman was not ranked in the AP Top 20.
1950 NCAA Championship Bracket
City College of NY defeated three teams ranked in the AP top five, including #1 Bradley and #2 Ohio St
CCNY tipped Ohio St 56-55…CCNY beat NC State 78-73…CCNY defeated Bradley 71-68
1950 NIT Tourney
CCNY dropped #12 ranked San Francisco, #3 Kentucky, #6 Duquesne and #1 Bradley again.
Note: Both 1950 Tournaments were held in New York City
Kentucky posted a 14-0 record in the SEC and 32-2 overall. Coached by legend Adolph Rupp Kentucky was ranked Number 1 in both the Associated Press (AP) and United Press (UP) 1951 Polls.
Kentucky WINS 1951 NCAA Championship
1951 NCAA Tournament
Kentucky defeated rival Louisville 79-68 in Raleigh NC… then Kentucky beat St John’s 59-43 in NY City… Kentucky edged Illinois 76-74 in NY City… Kentucky beat #3 ranked Kansas State 68-58 to win NCAA Title.
Brigham Young with coach Stan Watts at the helm had a 28-9 record, including a 15-5 in the Rocky Mountain Conference. In the 1951 NCAA Tournament Brigham Young defeated San Jose St 68-61 in Round 1 but then lost to Kansas St 64-54.
Duke set a men’s basketball record by making the greatest comeback in NCAA history. Duke, coached by Harold Bradley, was losing by 32 points with 2 minutes left in the first half to Tulane and rallied for a 74-72 victory in the consolation game in the Dixie Basketball Classic in Raleigh NC. The half time score showed Tulane winning by 29 points, 54-22.
Kansas coached by Phog Allen won the Big 7 Conference with an 11-1 record and finished 26-2 overall.
1952 NCAA Tournament Champion: Kansas
Kansas beat TCU 68-64 in Kansas City… Kansas beat St Louis 74-55… Kansas beat Santa Clara 74-55… Kansas beat St Johns
80-63 in Seattle WA.
Clyde Lovellette of Kansas led the nation in scoring average with 28.4 points per game, and is the only player in the entire 1900s to led the nation and play for a team to reach the NCAA Champion Game. Clyde Lovellette is in the NBA Basketball Hall of Fame.
1952 NCAA Playoff Leaders:
Most Points Scored Leader: Don Sunderlage of Illinois scored 83 points in 4 games, avg. 20.75 ppg, including 3rd place game, which Illinois won 61-46 against Oklahoma State.
Scoring Average: Bill Kukoy of NC State averaged 23 points Per game, scored 69 points in 3 games.
Rebounds Leader: Bill Spivey of Kentucky had 65 rebounds, averaging 16 rebounds per game.
1952 NIT Champion:
La Salle 25-7, coached by Ken Loeffler. Freshman guard Tom Gola led the team in scoring with 17.2 ppg and in rebounds with 16.5 rpg.
Final AP Poll 1949-1950 NCAA
Bradley coached by Forrday Anderson rang up a 32-5 recod and merited the Associated Press Number 1 ranking in 1950. Ohio State coached by Tippy Dye was second with a 22-4 Record.
1949 Final College Basketball Poll
- Bradley 32-5 Froddy Anderson
- Ohio St 22-4 Tippy Dye
- Kentucky 25-5 Adolph Rupp
- Holy Cross 27-4 Buster Sheary
- North Carolina State 27-6 Everett Case
- Duquesne 23-6 Dudey Moore
- UCLA 24-7 John Wooden
- Western Kentucky 25-6 Ed Diddle
- St Johns 24-5 Frank McGuire
- La Salle 21-4 Ken Loeffler
- Villanova 25-4 Al Severance
- San Francisco 19-7 Pete Newell
- Long Island 20-5 Clair Bee
- Kansas St 17-7 Jack Gardner
- Arizona 26-5 Fred Enke
- Wisconsin 17-5 Bud Foster
- San Jose State 21-7 Walter McPherson
- Washington St 19-13 Jack Friel
- Kansas 14-11 Phong Allen
- Indiana 17-5 Branch McCracken
Note: During this era the final poll was taken before the Postseason NCAA and NIT Tournaments were played.