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
Premo-Porretta National Champions
Conference Eastern Intercollegiate Conference
1937–38 record 23–2 (9–1 EIC)
Head coach James Usilton (12th season)
MVP Don Shields
Seasons
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 was retroactively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.[2][3] 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 three games in the tournament.[4] Additionally, this Temple squad reached the finals of the 1936 Olympic Trials.[4]

Schedule and results[edit]

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

Source[5]

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. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 546. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2. 
  4. ^ a b "Hall of Fame – James Usilton, Sr.". OwlSports.com. Temple University. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "History and Records (p. 96)" (PDF). 2013–14 Temple Owls Men's Basketball Media Guide. Temple University. 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2014.