1957–58 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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1957–58 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
1958 Kentucky Wildcats.jpg
NCAA Tournament National Champions
SEC regular season champions
ConferenceSoutheast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 9
1957–58 record23–6 (12–2 SEC)
Head coachAdolph Rupp
Assistant coachHarry Lancaster
CaptainEd Beck
Home arenaMemorial Coliseum
Seasons

The 1957–58 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented University of Kentucky. The head coach was Adolph Rupp. The team was a member of the Southeast Conference and played their home games at Memorial Coliseum. This squad was often nicknamed the "Fiddlin' Five".

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
December 2*
Duke W 78–74  1–0
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
December 4*
at Ohio State W 61–54  2–0
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum 
Columbus, OH
December 7*
Temple W 85–83 3OT 3–0
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
December 9*
at Maryland L 62–71  3–1
Cole Field House 
College Park, MD
December 14*
No. 3 at No. 9 St. Louis W 73–60  4–1
Kiel Auditorium 
St. Louis, MO
December 16*
No. 3 at SMU L 64–65  4–2
Moody Coliseum 
University Park, TX
December 20*
No. 5 No. 8 West Virginia
UK Invitation Tournament
L 70–77  4–3
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
December 21*
No. 5 No. 10 Minnesota
UK Invitation Tournament
W 78–58  5–3
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
December 23*
No. 5 Utah St W 92–64  6–3
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
December 30*
No. 9 Loyola-Chicago W 75–42  7–3
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
January 4
No. 10 Georgia Tech W 76–60  8–3
(1–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
January 6
No. 10 at Vanderbilt W 86–81  9–3
(2–0)
Memorial Gymnasium 
Nashville, TN
January 11
No. 9 LSU W 97–52  10–3
(3–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
January 13
No. 9 Tulane W 86–50  11–3
(4–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
January 18
No. 9 No. 13 Tennessee W 77–68  12–3
(5–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
January 27
No. 9 at Georgia Tech L 52–71  12–4
(5–1)
Alexander Memorial Coliseum 
Atlanta, GA
January 29
No. 8 at Georgia W 74–55  13–4
(6–1)
Alexander Memorial Coliseum 
Atlanta, GA
January 31
No. 8 at Florida W 78–56  14–4
(7–1)
Florida Gymnasium (7,000)
Gainesville, FL
February 8
No. 12 Ole Miss W 96–65  15–4
(8–1)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
February 10
No. 12 No. 17 Mississippi St W 72–62  16–4
(9–1)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
February 15*
No. 12 at Loyola-Chicago L 56–57  16–5
Alumni Gym 
Chicago, IL
February 17
No. 12 Vanderbilt W 65–61  17–5
(10–1)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
February 22
No. 13 at Alabama W 45–43 OT 18–5
(11–1)
Garrett Coliseum 
Montgomery, AL
February 24
No. 13 at Auburn L 63–64  18–6
(11–2)
Municipal Auditorium 
Birmingham, AL
March 1
No. 12 at Tennessee W 77–66  19–6
(12–2)
Alumni Memorial Gym 
Knoxville, TN
March 14*
No. 9 vs. Miami (OH)
NCAA Tournament
W 94–70  20–6
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
March 15*
No. 9 vs. No. 8 Notre Dame
NCAA Tournament
W 89–56  21–6
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, KY
March 21*
No. 9 vs. No. 5 Temple
NCAA Tournament
W 61–60  22–6
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, KY
March 22*
No. 9 vs. No. 18 Seattle
NCAA Tournament
W 84–72  23–6
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, KY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. ME=Mideast.

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Roster[edit]

1957–58 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 40 Earl Adkins 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Ashland, KY
C 34 Ed Beck (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Sr Fort Valley, GA
G/F 12 Billy Ray Cassady 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 191 lb (87 kg) Sr Inez, KY
G 10 Lincoln Collinsworth 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Salyersville, KY
F 24 Johnny Cox 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Hazard Hazard, KY
F 32 John Crigler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Hebron Hebron, KY
G 52 Vernon Hatton 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Lafayette Lexington, KY
F/C 20 Dick Howe 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Carbondale, IL
G 10 Lowell Hughes 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Prestonburg, KY
F/C 14 Phil Johnson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr University Lexington, KY
C 54 Don Mills 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Berea Berea, KY
G/F 33 Harold Ross 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Hickman, KY
G 50 Adrian Smith 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Sr Farmington, KY
F 88 Bill Smith 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Walton, KY
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2016-Jan-22

NCAA Championship[edit]

The 1958 NCAA Championship game was played in Louisville, Kentucky, before a then NCAA finals record crowd of 18,803, at the newly completed Freedom Hall. Seattle was Kentucky's opponent, led by the great Elgin Baylor. Baylor, a Consensus First Team All-American, was the nation's second-leading scorer (32.5) behind Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson.

The Chieftains led Kentucky by 11 points in the first half on two occasions. In fact, Seattle was still leading by a score of 60–58 with seven minutes to go in the game. However, led by the sharp shooting of Vernon Hatton and Johnny Cox, Kentucky mounted a strong rally at the end, eventually winning the game by a final score of 84-72. Hatton led Kentucky with 30 points, Cox followed him with 24 points for the Wildcats, while Seattle was led by Baylor, who scored 25 points before fouling out. The victory sealed Kentucky's 4th NCAA Championship.

Statistics[edit]

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Awards and honors[edit]

Johnny Cox

  • All-SEC (1st Team – Coaches, 2nd Team – AP)
  • All-NCAA Regional Team
  • All-NCAA Final Four Team

John Crigler

  • All-SEC (3rd Team – AP)

Adrian Smith

  • All-American (1st Team – Converse, Helms)
  • All-SEC (1st Team – Coaches, 2nd Team – AP)
  • All-NCAA Regional Team
  • All-NCAA Final Four Team

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Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
2 10 Vernon Hatton Cincinnati Royals
3 28 Johnny Cox New York Knicks
15 85 Adrian Smith Cincinnati Royals

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball media guide. Retrieved 2015-Apr-11.
  2. ^ College Basketball @ Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Apr-11.
  3. ^ 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball media guide. Retrieved 2015-Apr-11.
  4. ^ BigBlueHistory.net. Retrieved 2016-Jan-22.
  5. ^ "1958 NBA Draft on". Databasebasketball.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-04-03.