1955–56 NCAA men's basketball season
|1955–56 NCAA men's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||San Francisco|
|Tournament dates||March 12, 1956–
March 24, 1956
|National Championship||McGaw Hall
|NCAA Champions||San Francisco|
|Helms National Champions||San Francisco|
|Other champions||Louisville (NIT)|
|Player of the Year
|Bill Russell, San Francisco|
|NCAA Division I basketball seasons
- 1 Season headlines
- 2 Major rule changes
- 3 Season outlook
- 4 Regular season
- 5 Post-Season Tournaments
- 6 Award winners
- 7 References
- The Ivy League, which had been formally established as an athletic conference in 1954, played its first basketball season under that name. Previously, Ivy schools had competed in the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League; today's Ivy League considers the EIBL as part of its history.
Major rule changes
Beginning in 1955–56, the following rules changes were implemented:
- The free-throw lane was increased from 6 feet to 12 feet.
- The two-shot penalty in the last three minutes of the game was eliminated. The one-and-one became in effect the entire game.
The top 20 from the AP Poll during the pre-season.
Conference winners and tournaments
|Darrell Floyd||Furman||33.8||Joe Holup||G. Washington||.256||Joe Holup||G. Washington||64.7||Bill Von Weyhe||Rhode Island||86.5|
|Robin Freeman||Ohio State||32.9||Charlie Tyra||Louisville||.235||Hal Greer||Marshall||60.1||Jackie Murdock||Wake Forest||85.7|
|Dan Swartz||Morehead St.||28.6||Jerry Harper||Alabama||.232||Odell Johnson||St. Mary's (CA)||56.3||Vic Molodet||NC State||85.2|
|Tom Heinsohn||Holy Cross||27.4||Bill Russell||San Francisco||.231||Raymond Downs||Texas||54.0||Dick Miani||Miami (FL)||83.7|
|Julius McCoy||Michigan St.||27.3||Charlie Slack||Marshall||.215||Angelo Lombardo||Manhattan||53.4||Bob McCarty||Virginia||83.2|
Coach Phil Woolpert and his star Bill Russell successfully guided San Francisco to its second consecutive championship, capping an undefeated season. The Dons became the first team in college basketball history to go undefeated and win the NCAA tournament. Temple's Hal Lear was named tournament Most Outstanding Player.
|National Semifinals||National Championship Game|
- Third Place – Temple 90, SMU 81
National Invitation Tournament
NIT Semifinals and Final
|St. Francis (NY)||58|
- Third Place – St. Joseph's 93, St. Francis (NY) 82
Consensus All-American teams
|Robin Freeman||G||Senior||Ohio State|
|Tom Heinsohn||F||Senior||Holy Cross|
|Bill Russell||C||Senior||San Francisco|
|Ronnie Shavlik||F/C||Senior||North Carolina State|
|Rod Hundley||G/F||Junior||West Virginia|
|K.C. Jones||G||Senior||San Francisco|
Major player of the year awards
- Helms Foundation Player of the Year: Bill Russell, San Francisco
- UPI Player of the Year: Bill Russell, San Francisco
Major coach of the year awards
Other major awards
- Robert V. Geasey Trophy (Top player in Philadelphia Big 5): Guy Rodgers, Temple
- NIT/Haggerty Award (Top player in NYC area): Bill Thieben, Hofstra
- 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Records Book – Playing-Rules History section, NCAA, retrieved 2011-04-10
- *ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House. 2009. ISBN 0-345-51392-4.
- "2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Record Book – Conferences Section". NCAA. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
- 2008–09 ACC Men's Basketball Media Guide – Year by Year section, retrieved 2011-04-10
- 2008–09 SoCon Men's Basketball Media Guide – Honors Section, Southern Conference, retrieved 2010-08-14
- 2008–09 SoCon Men's Basketball Media Guide – Postseason Section, Southern Conference, retrieved 2011-04-10
- 2008–09 WCC Men's Basketball Media Guide, West Coast Conference, retrieved 2011-04-10
- *Inside Sports College Basketball. Gale Research. 1998. ISBN 1-57859-009-4.