Season headlines [ edit ]
This was the first year where NCAA basketball was split into two levels of play – the University and College divisions.
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.
Season outlook [ edit ]
Pre-season polls [ edit ]
The top 20 from the AP Poll during the pre-season.
Regular season [ edit ]
Conference winners and tournaments [ edit ]
Statistical leaders [ edit ]
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
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
Third Place – Temple 67, St. Bonaventure 50
Award winners [ edit ]
Consensus All-American teams [ edit ]
Major player of the year awards [ edit ]
Major coach of the year awards [ edit ]
Other major awards [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "History of the NCAA". NCAA.org. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 24 September 2010 . Retrieved . 14 August 2010
^ 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Records Book – Playing-Rules History section, NCAA, retrieved 2010-08-14
^ * 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 2010-08-14
^ Iowa State Athletic Site – Cyclone Tradition, Iowa State University, retrieved 2010-08-14
^ 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 2010-08-14
^ 2008–09 WCC Men's Basketball Media Guide, West Coast Conference, retrieved 2010-08-14
^ The National Invitation Tournament. Arcadia Publishing. 2005. ISBN 0-7385-3904-X.