1937–38 Temple Owls men's basketball team

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1937–38 Temple Owls men's basketball
EIC Champions
National Invitation Tournament Champions
Helms Foundation National Champions
Conference Eastern Intercollegiate Conference
1937–38 record 23–2 (9–1 EIC)
Head coach James Usilton (12th year)
MVP Don Shields
Seasons
« 1936–37 1938–39 »
1937–38 Eastern Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Temple 9 1   .900     23 2   .920
Penn State 6 4   .600     13 5   .722
Pittsburgh 5 5   .500     9 12   .429
Georgetown 5 5   .500     7 11   .389
Carnegie Mellon 3 7   .300     3 7   .300
West Virginia 2 8   .200     6 13   .316

The 1937–38 Temple Owls men's basketball team represented Temple University during the 1937–38 NCAA men's basketball season in the United States. The head coach was James Usilton, coaching in his 12th season with the Owls. The team finished the season with a 23–2 record[1] and were named national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation[2] They won the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference title with a 9–1 record, and the Owls also won the first-ever National Invitation Tournament (NIT) by winning all thee games in the tournament.[3] Additionally, this Temple squad reached the finals of the 1936 Olympic Trials.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Regular season
12/18/1937* St. John's (MD) Mitten HallPhiladelphia, PA W 54–26  1–0
12/20/1937* Illinois Philadelphia Arena • Philadelphia, PA W 51–38  2–0
12/30/1937* Stanford Convention Hall • Philadelphia, PA W 35–31  3–0
1/7/1938* SMU Philadelphia Arena • Philadelphia, PA W 53–41  4–0
1/10/1938 vs. Georgetown Ritchie ColiseumCollege Park, MD L 22–39  4–1 (0–1)
1/12/1938* Muhlenberg Philadelphia Arena • Philadelphia, PA W 40–23  5–1
1/14/1938* at Manhattan Manhattan, NY W 45–38  6–1
1/18/1938 at West Virginia WVU FieldhouseMorgantown, WV W 34–31  7–1 (1–1)
1/20/1938 at Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, PA W 39–37  8–1 (2–1)
1/22/1938* at La Salle Convention Hall • Philadelphia, PA W 37–22  9–1
1/28/1938* Villanova Convention Hall • Philadelphia, PA L 28–36  9–2
2/4/1938 Penn State Philadelphia Arena • Philadelphia, PA W 49–25  10–2 (3–1)
2/5/1938 West Virginia Mitten Hall • Philadelphia, PA W 51–32  11–2 (4–1)
2/8/1938 at Penn State Rec HallUniversity Park, PA W 49–39  12–2 (5–1)
2/9/1938 at Pittsburgh Pitt Pavilion • Pittsburgh, PA W 43–41  13–2 (6–1)
2/12/1938* NYU Convention Hall • Philadelphia, PA W 42–34  14–2
2/14/1938 Carnegie Mellon Mitten Hall • Philadelphia, PA W 48–39  15–2 (7–1)
2/16/1938* at Navy Annapolis, MD W 61–58  16–2
2/18/1938 Pittsburgh Philadelphia Arena • Philadelphia, PA W 46–34  17–2 (8–1)
2/23/1938* Albright Convention Hall • Philadelphia, PA W 46–25  18–2
2/25/1938 Georgetown Philadelphia Arena • Philadelphia, PA W 51–34  19–2 (9–1)
3/4/1938* Saint Joseph's Convention Hall • Philadelphia, PA
(Rivalry)
W 40–34  20–2
National Invitation Tournament
3/9/1938* vs. Bradley Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(NIT Quarterfinals)
W 53–40  21–2
3/14/1938* vs. Oklahoma A&M Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(NIT Semifinals)
W 56–44  22–2
3/16/1938* vs. Colorado Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(NIT Championship)
W 60–36  23–2
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Source[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Temple Owls season-by-season results". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball – NCAA Division I Champions". Rauzulu's Street. 2004. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Hall of Fame – James Usilton, Sr.". OwlSports.com. Temple University. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "History and Records (p. 96)" (PDF). 2013–14 Temple Owls Men's Basketball Media Guide. Temple University. 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2014.