1959–60 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team

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1959–60 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
1959–60 record 25–3 (13–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Fred Taylor
Assistant coach Jack Graf
Assistant coach Frank Truitt
Home arena St. John Arena
Seasons
« 1958–59 1960–61 »
1959–60 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Ohio State 13 1   .929     25 3   .893
#7 Indiana 11 3   .786     20 4   .833
Illinois 8 6   .571     16 7   .696
Minnesota 8 6   .571     12 12   .500
Northwestern 8 6   .571     11 12   .478
Iowa 6 8   .429     14 10   .583
Purdue 6 8   .429     11 12   .478
Michigan State 5 9   .357     10 11   .476
Wisconsin 4 10   .286     8 16   .333
Michigan 1 13   .071     4 20   .167
Rankings from http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/conferences/big-ten/1960.html

The 1959–60 Ohio State men's basketball team is the only basketball team to win a national title in Ohio State history. They were coached by Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor and had three future Hall of Famers on their roster—center Jerry Lucas, forward John Havlicek, and reserve forward Bob Knight, who entered the Hall for his storied coaching career, most notably at Indiana.

Season Summary[edit]

The Buckeyes steamrolled through the NCAA tournament by an average of 19.5 points a game, dusting off California 75-55 in the final behind two future NBA stars, Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek, two excellent guards in Larry Siegfried and Mel Nowell and a defensive work ethic that limited opponents to .388 shooting over the course of the season.

NCAA Basketball Tournament[edit]

  • Mideast
    • Ohio State 98, Western Kentucky 79
    • Ohio State 86, Georgia Tech 69
  • Final Four
    • Ohio State 76, NYU 54
    • Ohio State 75, California 55

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Awards and Honors[edit]

Team Players Drafted in the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
3 21 Joe Roberts Syracuse Nationals

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