1956–57 NCAA University Division men's basketball season

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Season headlines[edit]

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

Major rule changes[edit]

Beginning in 1956–57, 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.[2]

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 20 from the AP Poll during the pre-season.[3]


Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Kansas
2 Louisville
3 North Carolina
4 Illinois
5 Southern Methodist
6 Dayton
7 Temple
8 San Francisco
9 Saint Louis
10 Western Kentucky
11 West Virginia
12 Oklahoma City
13 Oregon State
14 Kentucky
15 Washington
16 NC State
St. John's
18 Kansas State
19 Vanderbilt
20 Wyoming

Regular season[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Conference Regular
Season Winner[4]
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Tournament
Tournament
Venue (City)
Tournament
Winner
Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina Lennie Rosenbluth, North Carolina[5] 1957 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Reynolds Coliseum
(Raleigh, North Carolina)
North Carolina
Big Seven Conference Kansas Gary Thompson, Iowa State [6] No Tournament
Big Ten Conference Indiana & Michigan State None Selected No Tournament
Border Conference Texas Western None Selected No Tournament
Ivy League Yale None Selected No Tournament
Mid-American Conference Miami None Selected No Tournament
Missouri Valley Conference Saint Louis None Selected No Tournament
Mountain States Conference BYU None Selected No Tournament
Ohio Valley Conference Morehead State & Western Kentucky None Selected No Tournament
Pacific Coast Conference California None Selected No Tournament
Southeastern Conference Kentucky None Selected No Tournament
Southern Conference West Virginia Rod Hundley, West Virginia[7] 1957 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Arena
(Richmond, Virginia)
West Virginia[8]
Southwest Conference Southern Methodist None Selected No Tournament
West Coast Athletic Conference San Francisco Mike Farmer, San Francisco[9] No Tournament

Statistical leaders[edit]

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[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[10]

NIT Semifinals and Final[edit]

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[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

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[edit]

Major coach of the year awards[edit]

Other major awards[edit]

References[edit]