1952–53 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

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1952–53 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Big Ten Regular Season Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1952–53 record 23–3 (17–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Branch McCracken (12th year)
Assistant coach Ernie Andres
Captain Bobby Leonard
Home arena The Fieldhouse
Seasons
1952–53 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Indiana 17 1   .944     23 3   .885
#11 Illinois 14 4   .778     18 4   .818
Minnesota 11 7   .611     14 8   .636
Michigan State 11 7   .611     13 9   .591
Wisconsin 10 8   .556     13 9   .591
Iowa 9 9   .500     12 10   .545
Ohio State 7 11   .389     10 12   .455
Northwestern 5 13   .278     6 16   .273
Michigan 3 15   .167     6 16   .273
Purdue 3 15   .167     4 18   .182
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1952–53 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University. Their head coach was Branch McCracken, who was in his 12th year. The team played its home games in The Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference.

The Hoosiers finished the regular season with an overall record of 23–3 and a conference record of 17–1, finishing 1st in the Big Ten Conference. As Big Ten Conference Champions, Indiana was invited to participate in the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the championship game. IU beat the reigning champions, Kansas Jayhwaks, 69–68 to win their second national title.[1]

Roster[edit]

No. Name Position Ht. Year Hometown
13 Charlie Kraak F 6–5 Jr. Collinsville, Illinois
14 Phil Byers G 5–11 So. Evansville, Indiana
14 James Fields F 6–1 So. Andrews, Indiana
15 William Ditius F 6–1 So. Mount Pulaski, Illinois
19 Jim Schooley C 6–5 Sr. Auburn, Indiana
20 Goethe Chambers F 6–3 So. Union City, Indiana
21 Bobby Leonard G 6–3 Jr. Terre Haute, Indiana
22 Jim DeaKyne G 6–3 Jr. Fortville, Indiana
23 Ron Taylor F 6–3 Jr. Chicago
24 Jack Wright F 5–10 Jr. New Castle, Indiana
25 Burke Scott G 6–1 So. Tell City, Indiana
30 Paul Poff G 6–1 So. New Albany, Indiana
31 Dick Farley F 6–3 Jr. Winslow, Indiana
33 Dick Hendricks C 6–5 Jr. Auburn, Indiana
34 Don Schlundt C 6–10 So. South Bend, Indiana
35 Lou Scott C 6–10 Jr. Chicago
41 Dick White F 6–1 So. Terre Haute, Indiana
42 Don Henry F 6–2 So. Evansville, Indiana

Schedule/Results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Regular Season
12/1/1952*
Valparaiso W 95–56  1–0
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/6/1952*
at Notre Dame L 70–71  1–1
Notre Dame Fieldhouse 
Notre Dame, Indiana
12/13/1952*
at Kansas State L 80–82  1–2
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, Kansas
12/20/1952
No. 19 Michigan W 88–60  2–2 (1–0)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/22/1952
No. 19 Iowa W 91–72  3–2 (2–0)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/3/1953
No. 12 at Michigan W 91–88  4–2 (3–0)
Yost Field House 
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1/5/1953
No. 12 at Michigan State W 69–62  5–2 (4–0)
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, Michigan
1/10/1953
No. 7 Minnesota W 66–63  6–2 (5–0)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/12/1953
No. 7 at Ohio State W 88–68  7–2 (6–0)
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum 
Columbus, Ohio
1/17/1953
No. 6 Illinois
Rivalry
W 74–70 2OT 8–2 (7–0)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/19/1953
No. 6 at Purdue
Rivalry
W 88–75  9–2 (8–0)
Lambert Fieldhouse 
West Lafayette, Indiana
2/2/1953*
No. 2 Butler W 105–70  10–2 (8–0)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/7/1953
No. 2 at Northwestern W 88–64  11–2 (9–0)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, Illinois
2/9/1953
No. 2 Wisconsin W 66–48  12–2 (10–0)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/14/1953
No. 2 Michigan State W 65–50  13–2 (11–0)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/16/1953
No. 2 at Wisconsin W 72–70  14–2 (12–0)
Wisconsin Field House 
Madison, Wisconsin
2/21/1953
No. 2 Ohio State W 81–67  15–2 (13–0)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/23/1953
No. 2 Purdue
Rivalry
W 113–78  16–2 (14–0)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/28/1953
No. 2 at Illinois
Rivalry
W 91–79  17–2 (15–0)
Huff Hall 
Champaign, Illinois
3/2/1953
No. 2 Northwestern W 90–88 OT 18–2 (16–0)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
3/7/1953
No. 1 at Minnesota L 63–65  18–3 (16–1)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
3/9/1953
No. 1 Iowa W 68–61  19–3 (17–1)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
NCAA Tournament
3/13/1953*
No. 1 vs. DePaul
Regional Semifinals
W 82–80  20–3 (17–1)
Chicago Stadium 
Chicago
3/14/1953*
No. 1 vs. Notre Dame
Regional Finals
W 79–66  21–3 (17–1)
Chicago Stadium 
Chicago
3/17/1953*
No. 1 vs. LSU
Final Four
W 80–67  22–3 (17–1)
Municipal Auditorium 
Kansas City, Missouri
3/18/1953*
No. 1 vs. Kansas
Championship
W 69–68  23–3 (17–1)
Municipal Auditorium 
Kansas City, Missouri
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1954 2 10 Bobby Leonard Baltimore Bullets
1954 2 15 Dick Farley Syracuse Nationals
1954 5 37 Lou Scott Baltimore Bullets
1954 6 49 Charlie Kraak Fort Wayne Pistons
1955 2 14 Don Schlundt Syracuse Nationals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indiana Basketball Men's Database". IndyStar. Retrieved November 22, 2015.