1938–39 Long Island Blackbirds men's basketball team

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1938–39 Long Island Blackbirds men's basketball
National Invitation Tournament Champions
Helms Foundation National Champions
Premo-Porretta National Champions
Conference Independent
1938–39 record 23–0
Head coach Clair Bee (8th season)
Seasons

The 1938–39 Long Island Blackbirds men's basketball team represented Long Island University during the 1938–39 NCAA men's basketball season in the United States. The head coach was Clair Bee, coaching in his eighth season with the Blackbirds.[1] The team finished the season with a 23–0 record[2] and was retroactively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.[3][4] They won the second-ever National Invitation Tournament (NIT) as well, going 3–0 in the tournament with a win over Loyola of Chicago in the championship game.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular season
*
Newark W 64–14  1–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
Panzer W 41–35  2–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
Princeton Seminary W 82–37  3–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
Stroudsburg W 63–33  4–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
McGill W 77–39  5–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
Montclair State W 63–40  6–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
vs. USC W 33–18  7–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
*
vs. Kentucky W 52–34  8–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
*
vs. Marquette W 41–36  9–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
*
New York Athletic Club W 64–36  10–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
vs. Toledo W 46–39  11–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
*
Geneva W 48–39  12–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
vs. Duquesne W 48–31  13–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
*
Scranton W 65–53  14–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
Canisius W 62–50  15–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
St. Francis (NY) W 61–20  16–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
St. Bonaventure W 70–31  17–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
Baltimore W 52–34  18–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
John Marshall W 65–25  19–0
 
Brooklyn, NY
*
at La Salle W 28–21  20–0
Wister Hall 
Philadelphia, PA
National Invitation Tournament
*
vs. New Mexico State
NIT Quarterfinals
W 52–45  21–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
*
vs. Bradley
NIT Semifinals
W 36–32  22–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
*
vs. Loyola (IL)
NIT Championship
W 44–32  23–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Source[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Long Island Blackbirds season-by-season results". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Yearly Results". 2012–13 LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds Men's Basketball Media Guide. Long Island University. 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball – NCAA Division I Champions". Rauzulu's Street. 2004. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 549. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.