1919–20 NCAA men's basketball season

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Season headlines[edit]

This seasons predates the creation of the NIT (1938) and the NCAA tournament (1939).

Penn defeated Chicago in a national championship playoff, 2 games to 1 (24-28, 29-18, 23-21).[1] The Helms Athletic Foundation retroactively nominated Pennsylvania as the best team of the year.

NYU won the post-season Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national championship tournament by defeating Rutgers, 49-24. NYU was led by the Helms Athletic Foundation's Player of the Year, Howard Cann.

Premo-Porretta power poll[edit]

The first official college basketball poll appeared during the 1948–49 season. St. Bonaventure University accounting professor Patrick M. Premo and computer programmer Phil Porretta researched teams before that year, back to the 1892–93 season. The polls were compiled by reviewing results, opponents and margins of victory.[2]

1920 Premo-Porretta Poll
Ranking Team
1 Penn (22–1)
2 Missouri (17–1)
3 NYU (16–1)
4 Penn State (12–1)
5 Texas A&M (19–0)
6 Georgetown (13–1)
7 Purdue (16–4)
8 Chicago (27–8)
9 Delaware (13–2)
10 Southwestern (20–0)
11 Navy (14–3)
12 VMI (11–1)
13 Westminster (17–0)
14 Army (12–2)
15 Montana State (13–0)
16 Nebraska (22–2)
17 Buffalo (9–1)
18 Syracuse (15–3)
19 DePauw (13–3)
20 Nevada (7–2)
21 North Dakota (16–0)
22 CCNY (13–3)
23 Millikin (24–1)
24 Stevens Tech (12–3)
25 Worcester Polytechnic (14–2)

Regular season[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Conference Regular
Season Winner[3]
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Tournament
Tournament
Venue (City)
Tournament
Winner
Eastern Intercollegiate League None[a] None Selected No Tournament
Missouri Valley Conference Missouri None Selected No Tournament
Pacific Coast Conference Stanford None Selected No Tournament
Southwest Conference Texas A&M None Selected No Tournament
Western Conference Chicago None Selected No Tournament

Conference standings[edit]

1919–20 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chicago 10 2   .833     14 4   .778
Purdue 8 2   .800     16 4   .800
Illinois 8 4   .667     9 4   .692
Indiana 6 4   .600     13 8   .619
Wisconsin 7 5   .583     15 5   .750
Iowa 6 6   .500     9 10   .474
Ohio State 3 9   .250     17 10   .630
Minnesota 3 9   .250     7 9   .438
Michigan 3 9   .250     10 13   .435
Northwestern 2 6   .250     2 6   .250
Rankings from AP Poll
1919–20 Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Missouri 17 1   .944     17 1   .944
Washington University 11 5   .688     13 5   .722
Kansas 9 7   .563     11 7   .611
Kansas State 8 8   .500     10 8   .556
Oklahoma 3 7   .300     9 7   .563
Drake 3 7   .300     12 11   .522
Iowa State 2 10   .167     6 12   .333
Grinnell 1 9   .100     4 10   .286
Rankings from AP Poll
1919–20 Pacific Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Stanford 9 1   .900     8 3   .727
California 5 5   .500     8 5   .615
Washington State 6 5   .545     10 11   .476
Oregon State 5 7   .417     7 12   .368
Washington 5 7   .417     7 8   .467
Oregon 5 8   .385     8 9   .471
Rankings from AP Poll
1919–20 Southwest Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Texas A&M 16 0   1.000     19 0   1.000
Phillips 2 1   .667     0 0  
Texas 4 6   .400     10 6   .625
Rice 2 5   .286     5 6   .455
SMU 2 8   .200     4 9   .308
Baylor 1 7   .125     8 13   .381
Rankings from AP Poll

Award winners[edit]

Helms All-American team[edit]

Player Team
Howard Cann New York University
Charles Carney Illinois
Forrest DeBernardi Westminster
George Gardner Southwestern
Tony Hinkle Chicago
Dan McNichol Pennsylvania
Hubert Peck Pennsylvania
George Sweeney Pennsylvania
George Williams Missouri

Major player of the year awards[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a Dartmouth was unable to field a team, so conference play was informal and no official champion was declared. However, had a champion been named, Penn would have won it with a 7–1 conference record.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009-10 Penn Men’s Basketball Media Guide. p. 93. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  2. ^ editors of ESPN (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia. Ballantine Books. p. 535. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2. 
  3. ^ "2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Record Book – Conferences Section". NCAA. 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  4. ^ ESPN Editors (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: Random House, Inc. p. 534. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.